The importance of Quality Assurance in construction

In the construction industry, reputation and trust are the pillars for growth. To achieve this growth, the industry must stand behind the quality of its work. Quality assurance (QA) helps prevent problems through planned and systematic checkpoints. Quality assurance is often forgotten in the rush to complete construction projects. QA is also often hindered by the amount of paperwork involved. The risks of not doing QA are extremely high, and can result in:

- Additional costs when work has to be redone or repaired
- Damage to reputation
- Additional costs to client when defects have to be repaired
- Serious injury
- Project delays

What is Quality Assurance?

Quality Assurance is the process of identifying or deciding on all the quality requirements for a project. It also includes identifying existing quality documents that are relevant to the quality requirements of the project, and making them available for use. QA is critical to the overall success of any construction project.

Traditionally, the QA process is manual, involving a lot of paperwork, which becomes a hindrance to completing QA, resulting in a lot of QA being done retrospectively.

Why is Quality Assurance so important?

There is always some risk involved in any construction project, and Quality Assurance is essential in preventing problems with a build and reducing risk. If quality issues are only identified after an activity has been completed, the result is re-work and programme delays. When quality issues aren’t identified at all during the build, it can lead to painful defect-liability periods, or buildings that fail years after practical completion.

QA focuses on the procedures that the construction company has implemented to ensure that the design meets quality standards, and ensure the highest industry standards are applied every step of the way.

How Conqa facilitates the QA process

People want to showcase good work, and implementing software to streamline and increase efficiency during the QA process will be extremely effective in saving time and revenue on fixing errors. Quality improvements raise profits, and making quality an expectation will foster good build processes, and establish a good reputation.

Conqa lets your team engage and collaborate more easily in the QA process. By being able to upload photos, annotate them, raise defects, and pass or fail items on their checklist, Conqa empowers your site team to be efficient. Our Progress Matrix lets you see a project’s progress in real-time, so you can easily see what’s happening on site.

For as long as there have been building codes and standards, inspections have been an important part of the construction process. With Conqa you can generate detailed reports on specific areas of a project or the entire project. This makes QA a pain-free, easy process that will result in happy clients, and streamlined inspections. With an easy way to complete and record QA tasks, it will ensure that regular inspections can be easily completed, and that you always have comprehensive site records.

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