Enhanced production control ?
Clients expect, especially for important construction sites, major efforts from all partners concerning quality. Design, regulations, the products used, execution, maintenance, etc. are important parameters that contribute to a quality end result.
COPRO, through its inspection and certification, focuses in particular on the quality and conformity of the products supplied.
Limitations of certification?
Since certification is based on random checks, there is not absolute certainty that the products for a specific site have been subjected to external control.
During inspections in the context of certification, a check is usually made against the requirements present in standards, technical prescriptions and/or standard contract documents and, therefore, no checks are carried out in accordance with the provisions in special specifications of a specific site.
Moreover, in view of the mandatory confidentiality with respect to certification, there is no direct communication between the inspection body and the client regarding the findings made during an inspection.
By fully coordinating the external oversight with a specific construction site and linking it to inspections by the client, quality oversight can be increased considerably. Which is why COPRO is able to perform specific ‘enhanced production control’ at the request of the client.
The advantages for the various parties are obvious:
- The client receives products with an increased confidence in quality. The external inspections after all are tailored to its requirements and its specific construction sites. In the event of nonconforming products, the client will be informed and the possible influence on quality will be discussed.
- The contractor receives the supplied product with the intended quality.
- The producer knows that the quality of its product has been demonstrated for the specific site.
The enhanced production control is preferably enforced by including an attached article with the special specifications. Feel free to contact us for more information.
The inspections that take place in this context are supplementary to the certification in the context of a BENOR or COPRO quality mark.
They differ from among others certification controls in the following respects:
- Conformity with the special specifications for this specific site is verified. These checks start before the work begins, so that there is certainty that the products proposed by the contractor are in accordance with the special specifications.
- The frequency of external oversight is higher and this is carried out specifically for the requested site. Scheduling of the inspections is done in consultation with the client, so that there is oversight at the moment of production that is important to it.
- Communication is foreseen between the inspection body and client so that an appropriate response can be made immediately to possible nonconforming products at the production site. As a result, the enhanced production control fits seamlessly with external oversight in the context of certification, and quality control is increased considerably.
- At the end of construction at the site, the client receives a final report clearly summarising all the findings.
It goes without saying that these enhanced production controls are an extension of the existing BENOR or COPRO certification and can therefore only be carried out by the inspection body that carries out the standard external oversight within the framework of the associated certification.
The possibility of enhanced external production control is provided for the following products:
- Cement-treated crushed rubble foundation with continuous grain distribution;
- Foundation in asphalt granulate cement containing tar;
- Bituminous mixtures (asphalt and/or mastic asphalt mixtures);
- Hydraulically bound mixtures.
Enhanced production control is often applied to large infrastructure projects such as highways, airports, etc. Below you will find a selection of recent references:
- W12/09 Public Services Wallonia (SPW Routes de Namur): Couvin bypass
- W17/03 Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV) West-Flanders N357 Regional road Ingelmunster
- W19/01 Brussels Mobility - Miscellaneous construction sites
- W19/05 AWV West-Flanders A18 Jabbeke-Gistel Structural maintenance
- W19/07 AWV East-Flanders E17 & E34 Various structural maintenance works to improve road safety and driving comfort on the A-roads in East-Flanders
- W19/08 AWV Antwerp E34 Structural maintenance phase 5 ‘Oud-Turnhout Arendonk’ and ‘Kanaal Nederlandse grens’
- W19/11 Brussels Airport Company Control concrete Apron 9
- W12/09 Public Service Wallonia (SPW - Routes de Namur): Couvin bypass
- W17/03 Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV) West Flanders N357 Regional road Ingelmunster
- W18/01 AWV East Flanders N49/E34 Maldegem Structural maintenance
- W18/03 AWV Flemish Brabant A2/E314 Leuven Remediation viaduct Wilsele
- W18/04 AWV Limburg E313 Installation of peak traffic lanes Lummen - Beringen
- W18/05 AWV East Flanders E40/E17 Weaving section Zwijnaarde - Sint-Denijs, Peak traffic lane De Pinte - Zwijnaarde
- W18/06 Brussels Airport Company Inspections of diverse locations at the airport
- W12/09 SPW Routes de Namur: Couvin bypass
- W16/04 Brussels Airport Company: Quality control concrete on Apron 40 Zaventem
- W16/09 AWV Flanders east E17: Repair of the asphalt mixtures between Lokeren and Waasmunster
- W16/10 AWV Flanders west A17: Moorsele direction Doornik – structural maintenance
- W16/12 AWV Vlaams-Brabant E40: Resurfacing Bertem Sterrebeek
- W17/01 AWV Vlaams-Brabant R0: Structural maintenance Wezembeek-Oppem
- W17/02 AWV Antwerp E34: Structural maintenance Lille Turnhout
- W17/06 AWV Flanders East E34/A11: Structural maintenance between the Zelzate tunnel and Moerbeke complex in the direction of Antwerp
- W17/08 AWV Limburg E313: Noise reduction measures E313 between Hasselt south and Hasselt east