Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

Shane Hedmond, at Construction Junkie, recently shared the following: Just last week, an Encino, California man was sentenced to 6 months in county jail and 18-months of supervised release after an excavation collapse killed one of his employees, according to the Ventura County Star.  The project manager, who was acting as an unlicensed contractor at … Continue reading Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?

This is another article written by architect and expert Peter Lattey. Cost is one of the biggest reasons that project teams use to justify not implementing effective quality assurance practices. But as Peter illustrates, effective quality assurance, in the form of third-party peer review, reduces the overall cost by reducing RFIs and change orders. [Ed.] … Continue reading Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?

Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

On Friday, 12 September 2012, I will be speaking in Atlanta, GA at the Retail Design & Construction Conference – a national symposium focused on sustainable design and construction in the retail sector. My session, which has been approved by the AIA for continuing education units, is called Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control. Rather than … Continue reading Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?

Bill Reed proposes in The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building that building commissioning is “the current best method” for construction quality control. Reflective of that notion, commissioning has become an integral aspect of high performance buildings, particularly in the green building movement. But can it prevent construction defects? So what exactly is commissioning? According … Continue reading Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?

Checklists only work if you use them: A lesson from aviation for the construction industry

I’ve mentioned Atul Gawande’s book, Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, before. Gawande is a successful surgeon that was looking at ways to reduce preventable injuries and death associated with the surgical processes. His search for a better way to do things led him to the world of aviation – a world in which … Continue reading Checklists only work if you use them: A lesson from aviation for the construction industry

How will Google’s new glasses impact the construction industry?

The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to … Continue reading How will Google’s new glasses impact the construction industry?

Quality Intent vs. Quality Delivered, featuring Erik Peterson of @OacManagement

My friends at OAC Management Incorporated just produced an outstanding video. Erik Peterson, the founder and president of OAC, discusses “bridging the gap” between quality intent and quality delivered. Quality Intent The term quality intent refers to the expectations that stakeholders, designers, construction managers and craftsmen have in regards to a given construction project. We … Continue reading Quality Intent vs. Quality Delivered, featuring Erik Peterson of @OacManagement