The realm of construction and engineering is quite an exciting one as it deals with the creation of structures in which people can do all sorts of things. Civil engineer Reddy Kancharla has, through his series of blogs, shared the many aspects of engineering and construction. For today, he discusses two very important terms in the industry, namely quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC).
QA is very process-oriented. The accepted definition of it in the fields of engineering and construction go along the lines of planned and systematic activities, which are performed to meet the quality requirements of a product, service, or project. Having said that, QA has very little to do with the evaluation of the finished product.
Reddy Kancharla explains that QA is overseen by owners and developers to ensure the quality of the construction process. The evaluation of contractors and their construction teams often takes place before and during construction.
Whereas QA looks at the process of construction, QC focuses on the finished product. There are several points in which QC experts evaluate a structure, such as specifics in the contracts, plans, standards, and overall results. Sometimes, these results are even compared to those of other projects.
QC can be considered as the final quality check of the project, as it is a deep analysis of the final outcome, Reddy Kancharla adds.
A civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience in civil construction and geotechnical consultation, Reddy Kancharla has worked in various companies and served different positions. For similar reads, go to this Twitter page.