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- From: "Conrad Harrison" <sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com>
- Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:36:02 +0930
Rich, Probably not much help, but a few years back the institution of structural engineers (UK), published a few articles on best practices and key performance indicators for structural engineers and the construction industry in general. It follows on the back of ISO:9000 quality assurance, and benchmarking. As far as I know "best practices" is just jargon, and is not an absolute measure of best practice, just some organisations judgement of best practice: the organisation could be an individual business or an industry wide enterprise. Most consultants who have ISO:9000 accreditation/certification simply have common sense document control systems in place, and have those systems highly documented. (Beyond that the organisations and the ISO auditors have zero understanding of quality assurance.) Items such as continuing professional development, being up to date with legislation, codes of practice and relevant standards, as well as latest research findings, also add to best practice. Along with review and checking of calculations and drawings. Controlling flow of information. Supervision of construction. Contract management practices and dealings with clients. And the systems which make sure all the good intentions actually happen. Other items may be consideration of health and safety during construction. Considerations of increased off-site fabrication, modular construction, and other aspects of the design which may improve delivery time and quality of fabrication and construction. Proper consideration of local resources both materials and skills: no point specifying welding if welders in short supply and would cause a delay. Consideration of environmental impacts both in the finished building and during the fabrication and construction works. For manufacturing the benchmark is typically the Toyota Production System (TPS). This tends towards lean manufacturing, just-in-time rather than MRP/I or MRP/II, concurrent engineering, and total quality management, and quality robust design. All of which are slowly being adapted for the construction industry. For example lean manufacturing becomes lean construction. All of which should be easy for construction, since manufacturing is aiming to be more like construction and make to order. Basically do you believe you can complete the task with a minimum waste of resources throughout the system: waste of time, waste of paper, waste of steel, waste of concrete. And produce a final result which has a minimum level of installed defects, and a minimum impact on the environment. If so how do you intend on achieving such, and what systems do you have in place to help achieve such? Mostly jargon. And higher than practical idealistic expectations, seldom actually achieved. Still the government tends to want to see ISO:9000 certification/accreditation to at least give the impression it selected a quality organisation on merit rather than the lowest fee. "Best Practices" also tend to be more informal documents, and cover areas for which there currently is no code of practice, national standard or regulation. Those for stormwater are because no code of practice, and aiming to promote preferred methods of practice, which are considered an improvement over more traditional and routine methods of stormwater drainage and water management. (Here the traditional methods are considered part of the problem.) So LEED, or life cycle analysis of materials in a structure may be considered a "best practice" for selection of structural materials. If it is practical then it would be "best" and most desirable, if not achievable then something less than "best" and more practical would still be acceptable. "Best" is what is aimed for. At this stage "best" to keep it simple, and simply provide a brief description of design philosophy and management practices. Then develop a "best practices" document with the passage of time. Regards Conrad Harrison B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust mailto:sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com Adelaide South Australia ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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