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Title: Improving Concrete Construction
Quality by Observation
Author(s): Gary R. Mass
Publication: Concrete International
Appears on pages(s): 18-23
Keywords: aggregates; concrete construction; concrete finishing (fresh concrete); construction joints; formwork (construction); inspection; quality control;
reinforcing steels; segregation; tests.
Abstract:perceptive observation can be used effectively to improve concrete work and workmanship. Frequent sampling and testing of concrete ingredients and con-crete is essential for job control. Numbers provided by this testing show whether the specified limits were met; further evaluation may even indicate the variation in results and current data trends. Yet, we are un-able to place limits on the manner in which concrete work is done or on the degree of workmanship desired. Therefore, close, daily examination of all op-erations is needed to identify unacceptable or poor practices and unsatisfactory conditions that may de-tract from the quality of the work. Examples of what might be seen in the process are given. Foremost, emphasis is placed on prompt corrective action, not simply documentation, when observed practices and conditions are not as they should be.
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