Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 252. Guidelines for Implementing Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Bridge Inspection

There is a need for developing improved practices for Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) within the context of the requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) to improve the safety of highway bridges, improve the quality and reliability of bridge inspection practices, and to enable progressive approaches for administering an inspection program.  There is limited experience within state DOTs regarding effective practices for implementing the wide variety of possible methods for QC/QA.  A guideline document that can be used by a State Department of Transportation for implementing QC/QA practices within their bridge inspection programs is needed.  Because of the variety of methods for implementing the NBIS requirement, the guideline must be designed to enable states to select methodologies most appropriate for their particular practice. The QC/QA procedures should include methods for implementing higher level administrative quality assurance activities such as structured review of inspection results and consistency.  Experimental methods for quantifying reliability and consistency through the use of a reference bridge and other concepts and methods that may be appropriate based on research results should be included.  Existing approaches to QC/QA by state DOTs within the FHWA's current recommended framework for QC/QA should be synthesized to identify best existing practices.  A literature review and analysis of practices in other industries, such as the application of ISO 9001 Quality standards, should be conducted.  The implementation of QC/QA procedures for contractor selection and monitoring should also be examined. The objective of this research is to </span>improve highway bridge safety by developing guidelines for implementing advanced QC/QA procedures within existing bridge inspection programs. </font></div>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Columbia, MO  USA  65211
  • Principal Investigators:

    Washer, Glenn

  • Start Date: 20080407
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090710
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15878

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464680
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:47PM