Quality Control in The Construction Industry

by Jeff Morrisd
(United Kingdom)

I am a chartered Quality professional working in the UK construction industry, I would be interested to know how quality control is managed on Japanese construction projects. In the UK we have to often unsuccessfully tried to use a number of quality tools and techniques developed in the manufacturing industry in Japan. I would therefore be interested to know what tools and techniques are used by my counterparts in Japanese construction.

I have conducted a web search and have found very little information on this subject.

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Sep 12, 2015
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by: gerald

Quality control is very important when it comes to constructions in the UK. I experienced a severe headache when a friend of mine explained a small list of regulations regarding construction industry and they were so complex. I believe only experienced people in that sector alone can understand and implement all the regulations concerning quality control.

www.lallonegroup.com

Sep 12, 2015
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by: Kellie C. Stenberg

Quality control is very important when it comes to constructions in the UK. I experienced a severe headache when a friend of mine explained a small list of regulations regarding construction industry and they were so complex. I believe only experienced people in that sector alone can understand and implement all the regulations concerning quality control.

http://www.lallonegroup.com/

Apr 03, 2014
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by: Kozo Sakano

Dear Jeff

I have found that it is quite difficult to transfer documents across culture or even organizations in a useful manner. The documents used must be created in alignment with your corporate strategy and incorporate the "voice" of your employees. I would like to share with you some points of consideration from the Japan Quality Award Committee:
"Strategy" should be a clear guidepost for organizational innovation, quality control and change. So, it is necessary to take particular note of strategy planning and formation of processes. However, these processes do not refer simply to procedures through which analytically prepared plans adopted by upper management are transmitted down to lower levels. The important point is "emergence" or a situation where strategy formed through repeated dialogue and learning that involve the entire organization, based on "front line voices" from customers and employees, as well as information regarding internal and external environments.
"Strategy" will have little significance unless it is implemented. In order to solve challenges, it is essential that the process of strategy deployment in which strategies are put into specific implementation plans is in accordance with the structure and other features of an organization. Strategy deployment requires each department to align its plans with higher ranked strategies and with plans pursued by other departments to ensure cross-departmental linkage. Therefore, the focus is on how the organization determines the roles of each department, team and individual, and how it develops plans and sets goals. it is also considered important to examine whether the organization employs a flexible, responsive management approach that leads organizational activities (including quality control documentation) aimed at achieving stated goals by selecting information needed to asses progress or attainment levels and monitor ongoing developments.
I hope this helps.

Apr 02, 2014
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by: Jeff Morris

Thank you for your comment can you provide copies of any documents used?

Apr 01, 2014
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by: Kozo Sakano

Construction Site Control is quite strict in Japan.
The key is to make expectations clear from the outset, then continuously check that instructions and requirements have been followed.
Required from Supervisors and Managers are the following:
1. Regular Construction Site Walks
2. Regular Evaluation of Employees - Making all results visual for others to see
3. Checking that standards are being followed.
4. Each process or job must be inspected without fail. (Many sites have a 280 point inspection per day)
5. Never leave things only up to staff on site.

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