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feature Better Quality Control Quality control remains a top concern for asphalt and concrete producers. By Stephen Murdoch Across the country and more than ever before, quality control is becoming important to stakeholders from across the commercial construction industry. At the same time, the commercial construction industry is experiencing a shift in responsibility to ensure quality products from the owners to the producers and contractors. In response to this, CONNstruction magazine recently spoke with parties from across the state of Connecticut that have a vested interest in the aforementioned change. Andrew Hadfield, quality control manager for American Industries, Inc. of Jewett City, knows firsthand the many factors that are weighing heavily on quality control processes that are currently in place. “Like others that work in the industry, we too have seen a shift in quality control from the production process to when it’s inspected. Having produced and laid approximately 300,000 plus tons per year in the state of Connecticut, we have worked with both the public and private markets,” Hadfield said. Hadfield is aware of the challenges to maintaining quality in both the public and private sectors. “For our company, the challenges are very much the same. At the end of the day, you want your customer to be satisfied. Regardless of which market we’re servicing, we start by insuring the raw materials used in the asphalt production are up to the top-quality standards. If you know with reasonable consistency what is going into the plant, you have a very good idea as to what will come out. At the end of the day, this is important to both public and private markets,” Hadfield explained. Since joining American Industries in 2008, Hadfield has made a concerted effort to improve his company’s quality control in the plant. “I personally oversee the production of the asphalt. I work closely with the plant operators and I remain involved in the day-to-day operations. From the choices we make regarding screen sizes and wire types to what raw material is going in the plant, we want to provide the very best product,” Hadfield went on to say. Like the plant, Hadfield and his team are equally concerned about quality control once in the field. “In the field, we rely heavily on the experience and input of our crew leaders, operators, and laborers, and work diligently to maintain a daily dialogue. Field density gauges and cutting core samples are the real tools that we can use to monitor the compaction. We then use these tools to adjust rolling patterns to achieve desirable results,” Hadfield said. As for the requirements and ability of public owners to take samples and conduct proper testing, the team at American Industries works with them hand-in-hand. “We work with the public and private markets to ensure the material is being sampled and tested accordingly. It’s not uncommon for us to routinely run split samples with the state’s independent assurance section to confirm testing equipment is working properly,” Hadfield concluded. Ensuring quality As materials operations supervisor for O&G Industries, Leighton Davis has also seen a greater emphasis placed on improving quality control. “Whether working with the public or private market, our greatest 18 / CONNstruction / Winter 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2012

What it Takes to Produce
‘Green’ Product Enhances State Capitol
Construction Labor Supply
Lean Construction: Continuous Improvement Comes to Construction
Road Warriors
Challenges and Opportunities
Better Quality Control
Quality Assurance for Project Produced Construction Materials
AGC of Connecticut Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
2012 Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
CEUCA 2012 Annual Meeting & Fall Dinner Program
CCIA/AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Winter 2012