Jun 22, 2020
Teach Lab Personnel to Visualize Quality in the Lab & in the Field
BY AsphaltPro Staff
It might sound obvious at first, but visual observation in the lab offers your first line of defense for a good QC/QA program. Dr. Ray Brown, director emeritus at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), provided a great article for AsphaltPro that you might want to share with lab techs.
Pay close attention to this concept especially:
If you test in the lab without visually observing changes and results along the way, you really mess up. You greatly reduce your ability to evaluate the overall quality of the paving in the field. And that same concept applies when QC/QA techs go to the field.
Visual observation helps you identify segregated areas or spots where a quality “problem” is about to creep into the joint construction. You want to jump on that and solve it, of course. If you aren’t watching, observing, checking for inconsistencies and/or visual clues, you could miss the beginning of a QC/QA issue. You could miss the issue that ends up costing the bonus later.
Visualize success. Check out Dr. Brown’s article.
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