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Re: STEEL FAB: QA/QC Procedures

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I'd start by visiting the AISC web site and look through their requirements for a fab shop to be certified.  
It is not a short list but includes quality processes from ordering to storage through fabrication and special inspections.  I guess a bare bones starting point would be 'how do I know this the specified steel' and welder qualifications, procedures and INDEPENDENT inspection program.
Good luck.  Just went through this with a contractor and by the time all the additional requirements were stacked on to his job, it was cheaper to take the 2nd bid from the certified shop and the contractor had to eat the $400,000 cost differential.  No one wins in this situation as now the contractor is in the hole and really digging for extras. 

On 7/13/07, bill(--nospam--at) <bill(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Has anyone got any sort of information about reasonable and necessary requirements for Quality Assurance for steel fabrication?

I've got a "mandated" steel fab shop I'm having to deal with that does not have an AISC Certified Quality Management System. (It's like that Hertz commercial where "it's Hertz, or 'not exactly'").

Please spare me the "forget it, use an AISC Certified shop" comments. If I had the power, I'd do that (and give myself a 15% raise too, while I'm thinking about it). But the job WILL go forward with this fabricator, and so I have to figure out what the **** to require in order to meet some semblance of QA.

FWIW, my client is the erector as well as the GC for this project.

Any WORTHWHILE comments will be much appreciated.