Quality Assurance and Field Inspection for Dam Construction Projects: Download

Quality control on projects for the construction or rehabilitation of dams is the responsibility of the construction contractor.  Contractors have control of the site during construction and are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the contract documents.  It would be remiss on the part of the owner however, to solely rely on the contractor for this task.  To verify contract compliance, construction of complex and potentially hazardous projects demands a high level of independent observation, oversight and quality assurance measures by the owner or his designated engineer.  Quality assurance measures are also often monitored by state and federal regulators.

This webinar presents an introduction to the construction inspection/quality assurance process employed for new dam and dam rehabilitation projects to ensure that they are constructed as designed and to verify that the contractor complies with the terms and conditions of the contract.  It will look at important items to inspect during construction and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the inspector.  The construction inspection/quality assurance process presented will be of interest to dam owners, design engineers, state and federal regulators, and contractors.

Joe Freeland, P.E.

Construction Engineer, USDA-NRCS

Joe Freeland has been a project engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service since 1989.  During the past 24 years, he has been involved with the construction, repair and rehabilitation of approximately 150 of Oklahoma‚Äôs 2100 flood control dams.  He supervises a staff that has consisted of up to 13 construction inspectors, engineering technicians and surveyors.  He serves on the instructor cadre for the NRCS National Employee Development Center where he has instructed courses in construction inspection, concrete construction and contract administration.   He is also currently a contributor to the revision of the NRCS Construction Inspection Handbook.  Joe graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1982.

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