Accession Number : ADA199967
Title : Opportunities for Design Quality Improvement through Architect/Engineer (A/E) Liability Management
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
Personal Author(s) : East, E W
Report Date : Sep 1988
Pagination or Media Count : 104
Abstract : This report identifies opportunities for improving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Architect/Engineer (A/E) Liability Program. To establish which areas need improvement, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USA-CERL) surveyed the literature and analyzed the results in terms of applicability to USACE. Next, the A/E Liability Research Steering Committee was formed to provide feedback for the study. USA-CERL initially identified three general areas as having potential impact on the A/E Liability Program. These areas were presented to the steering committee, which focused these three categories into four specific areas of opportunity. (1) design synthesis, (2) design criteria, (3) pursuit of A/E liability cases, and (4) identification of negligence. Based on an analysis of these opportunities for improvement, this study recommends the following actions: (1) develop technical design quality assurance guidelines, (2) require that A/E firms develop quality control programs based on the complexity of particular projects, and (3) develop an automated system to train new employees in the application of A/E liability procedures.
Descriptors : *QUALITY CONTROL , *ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS , ARCHITECTS , ENGINEERS , SYNTHESIS , AUTOMATION
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE