Fast-track Construction Requires a Quality Focus

By Pape Fall, Director Quality Assurance

The changes in the construction industry throughout the past 40 years have been phenomenal. For instance, in 1982 we built the Virginia World Trade Center in Norfolk, a project which took 23 months to build (and got its 15 seconds of fame in the GEICO commercial “Gecko visits Battleship Wisconsin” – it’s the rounded building surrounded by greenspace). The documents we received from the design team were 100 percent complete. There were few Requests For Information (RFIs) or changes. Learn More Fast-track Construction Requires a Quality Focus

SQP MEETING: GETTING RESULTS

By Pape Fall, Corporate Quality Director

In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed how Hoar’s SQP meetings work, and the many benefits of our SQPM process. Today I’ll touch on the results of this meeting and process.

The SQPM produces several outputs. For quality, we develop a good action list, assigning responsibility for each issue. Learn More SQP MEETING: GETTING RESULTS

SQP MEETINGS: THE SECRET SAUCE OF HOAR’S QA/QC PROGRAM

By Pape Fall, Corporate Quality Director

At Hoar, we’re planners. We always have been. So for the new year, we’re writing a four-part series on planning and how it ties into our safety culture and quality assurance program.

We’re always pushing ourselves to get better here at Hoar. Those two impulses combined about four years ago into a process we call SQPM, or the Safety-Quality Preplanning Meeting. Learn More SQP MEETINGS: THE SECRET SAUCE OF HOAR’S QA/QC PROGRAM

MATERIAL VERIFICATION

By Pape Fall

Are you sure all the materials being used on your projects are the approved ones? If you can’t answer yes, you are not managing your company’s risk.

This management can only be achieved through a thorough understanding of the specified materials, and through strict adherence to solid procedures including proper preplanning, inspections, and documentation.

I recently read a high-profile story detailing potentially disastrous issues related to material verification, or lack thereof… I invite you to learn along with me, through this story, about the importance of material verification.

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Coating Failures Over Sealant Joints: A Quality Control Problem We Can Solve

By Pape Fall, Corporate Quality Assurance Director

I want to take a minute and share a problem I have observed too often. I use the word problem because problems have solutions and I want to also share those solutions with you. Throughout our industry and even when I visit a random building such as a retail store, I see failures affecting various coatings applied over sealant joints. Typically, after a project has been completed and the building has had a chance to naturally move or settle slightly, these failures start occurring. We’ve all seen instances on facilities that look like this, where coatings are applied over sealant joints have failed:
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