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Results from one assessment for a DOT Lift Bridge project
“Since the audit and report review, the lift bridge project has gone well.”
The DOT believed the assessment served two purposes.
1. The DOT Verification Inspector used the report to focus on areas of concern already identified during the pre-project assessment. For example: the fabricator did not apply preheat per code requirements for other welding work that was in the shop at the time of the audit. With this information, the DOT Verification Inspector could be sure he was present for the first few times that preheat was required for his project and prevent a nonconformance before it became a serious problem.
2. It seemed that it was most important to the DOT Materials Engineer to know that the VDOT Supplier was aware of what the report had highlighted. It seemed to “raise the bar” on the expectations for the project. The DOT had tolerated work that did not meet specifications from this suppler in the past. The report “got everybody on the same page”. The number and type of problems the team worked through were much less than expected.