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Building Excellence: The Role of Quality Assurance and Procurement in Construction

Quality assurance and quality procurement are both critical aspects of the construction process, ensuring projects meet and exceed expectations.

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In the dynamic world of construction, achieving quality across projects is not merely a goal but a cornerstone for success. This journey towards delivering outstanding projects begins well before the first brick is laid.

Why Quality Matters

Quality in construction is not just about the finished product – it’s about the entire process, from an idea on a page to full project completion. A well-executed project not only meets but exceeds client expectations. It ensures longevity, safety, and compliance with industry standards. Quality construction builds a solid reputation, fostering trust among clients, stakeholders, and the community.

Two critical aspects of ensuring the completion of high-quality construction projects are quality assurance and quality procurement. Assurance and procurement are distinct and separate areas of construction that are difficult to nail, but when both are done well, can almost guarantee gold standard outcomes for your projects.

The Importance of Quality Assurance

Quality assurance refers to the processes and procedures that are implemented with the goal of achieving high-quality projects that meet scope of work demands, regulatory requirements, and client expectations. There are several reasons why quality assurance is an integral aspect of construction that should be prioritised. Here’s a few to consider:

Safety:

Poor construction quality can lead to structural failures, accidents, and even fatalities.

Durability:

Properly constructed structures are more resilient to wear and tear, environmental factors, and natural disasters, resulting in lower maintenance costs and longer service life.

Regulation Compliance:

Quality assurance processes help ensure that construction activities meet building codes, regulations, and industry standards, reducing the risk of legal issues, fines, or project delays due to non-compliance.

Cost Effectiveness:

Preventing defects and addressing issues early on can minimise the need for costly repairs or renovations down the line.

Risk Management:

By proactively addressing potential issues, such as material defects or construction errors, project teams can reduce the likelihood of expensive reworks, delays, or disputes.

Quality assurance is a difficult, lengthy process to get right. The digital transformation of management systems to benefit quality assurance practices are paramount in holding the entire industry accountable. The ever increasing focus on quality continues to shape the industry, as developers, head contractors and subcontractors begin implementing software solutions that help them build projects right the first time.

Defining Quality in Procurement

An often overlooked, yet critical, aspect of ensuring a quality project that goes hand-in-hand with quality assurance is quality procurement. Of course, you want subbies on a project who will do a good job and deliver on their scope. But that’s not exactly what we’re talking about. We’re talking about a quality procurement process that enables teams to take control of procurement.

A subbie can only deliver on their scope, if a high quality, accurate scope is provided – so the path to quality starts long before start on site. 

The Importance of Quality Procurement

Risk Mitigation:

Quality procurement practices help mitigate delays, cost overruns, and disputes by conducting thorough due diligence on suppliers and establishing clear contractual agreements that outline quality requirements and performance expectations.

Visibility and Accessibility:

A lack of visibility across procurement activity and accessibility of relevant documents can lead to missed communications, incomplete tenders, and ultimately the risk of subbies starting on-site with inaccurate documentation, or at worst, incomplete contracts.

Cost Management:

Quality procurement can help manage costs by ensuring the most cost effective subcontractors are being selected for each trade, with well-defined scope of works agreed upon before contracts are signed.

Contractual Agreements:

Poor procurement leads to drawn out contract agreement timelines and the potential of subcontractors starting on-site without a signed contract, leading to potential risks and cost overruns down the project line.

Client Satisfaction:

Procuring and managing gold standard vendors for your projects, with a high-quality procurement process across the pre-project timeline, plays a crucial role in shaping the client’s perception of the project’s quality and timeliness.

The Role of Quality Procurement Software

Implementing quality construction procurement software is crucial for effective procurement. Arduous, manual tasks are streamlined, ensuring procurement processes are effective and of a high-standard. Here’s an example of just some of the benefits of procurement software:

Full Visibility of Procurement

Live, automatic updating of procurement schedules, saving endless hours in manual spreadsheet work and ensuring critical dates aren’t missed.

Users can access up-to-date procurement information at any time, not just when monthly reports are done – enabling fast, effective decision-making and risk mitigation.

Everything in One Place

The ability to consolidate all procurement information in a single, easily accessible place; everything from procurement schedules, scopes of work, tenders, comparisons, recommendations, to approvals, contracts and signatures.

Quality Procurement, Faster

Digitising time-consuming, manual procurement tasks significantly reduces the time and effort needed to procure subbies. Online contracts with integrated eSignatures provides full visibility across the status of contract signing. Automated reports to identify potential areas of risk and mitigate issues before they arise. Less likely for corners to be cut due to delays and time pressures.

Quality assurance and quality procurement are both critical aspects of the construction process, ensuring projects meet and exceed expectations. Quality assurance guarantees safety, durability, compliance, cost-effectiveness, and risk management, while quality procurement mitigates risks, manages costs, and enhances client satisfaction. Dedicated software can streamline these processes, paving the way for consistent successful project outcomes.

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