LEARNING OBJECTIVE: To describe the purpose and identify the procedures
and methods of inspecting construction projects and materials under the
Construction Quality Control Program.
In the previous chapters, we covered ways in which
to plan, organize, read plans and specifications,
estimate, schedule, manage, and execute construction
projects. Now, lets cover how construction projects
need to be constructed with quality in mind.
In the Seabee community, the word quality ranks
right along with safety. The customer would like to see
a quality project done safely and in a timely manner.
Doing quality work for the customer will bring job
satisfaction to you and increase the chances of the
customer coming back for possible future work. Having
satisfied customers leads to getting new customers,
which means job security.
For NAVFAC to ensure quality workmanship, it
has developed the following quality management
programs of their own:
Construction Contract Quality Management
Program, NAVFAC P-445
Facilities Support Contract Quality
Management Program, MO-327
Construction Quality Control (CQC) Program,
These three programs deal with quality; however,
they pertain to certain aspects of quality.
1. The NAVFAC P-445 states how the contractor
and the government will produce a quality project on
time and in compliance with the terms of the contract.
2. The MO-327 provides naval shore activity
guidance on obtaining quality public works support
services through quality assurance.
3. The COMSECOND/COMTHIRDNCBINST
4355.1 prescribes the policy, the objectives, and the
procedures to ensure that the required quality is
achieved on construction projects assigned to NCF
Before we cover quality control, lets first define
QUALITY and distinguish the differences between
quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA). At
times, the construction industry tends to get these terms
QUALITY is an acquired skill to the degree of
being excellent. The Navy recognizes QUALITY as
individual contribution and team effort in an
organization working together to improve the
process/system or product. TEAMWORK is essential.
QUALITY ASSURANCE is concerned with the
quality of the end product, not with the procedures used
to get to that product. Surveillance and inspections are
the methods used to review performance standards. The
receiving officer in charge of construction (ROICC)
usually oversees these methods. Surveillance and
inspections are covered thoroughly in the NCF/Seabee
Petty Officer 1 & C, NAVEDTRA 12543.
QUALITY CONTROL reviews each step or
procedure used in completing tasks on the way to the
completed product. Quality control checks are
normally performed daily. NMCBs, CBUs, and other
construction units run the quality control program.
Quality control is a management system of
published and enforced standards which ensures that a
construction project is completed with a specified
minimum quality. A product that falls below minimum
standards will not satisfy the customer or its intended
purpose, and it may require excessive maintenance
costs. A product that exceeds the standards generally
consumes more resources than planned; however, its
better to exceed the standards than to not meet the