Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 58 of 103 July 2015 • 57 FEATURE CERTIFICATION TRENDS Evaluation of epoxy fexibility as part of coating quality control. PHOTO: Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI MOVING AHEAD All interviewed report that certification programs are an essential part of ensuring quality, and as such, should be a requirement on most projects. However, key to success is an insistence that certifica- tion programs are objective, technically-based and impartial. Frank urges contractors to keep, not waive certification requirements as a means to find a lower price as it greatly impacts quality assurance. Further, acceptance of certification programs for Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and other owners is key. DOTs can utilize the certification programs to reduce their inspection workload, provided the program specifically addresses any special requirements that they may have. "When low price becomes the driving factor, quality is usually the first thing to suffer," Frank contends. "Certification should be required to ensure a level playing field and consistent quality in the industry." Recognizing that certification programs are best if they are devel- oped and/or involve the relevant industry trade associations, it is essential to get involved. This is especially important if there is an aspect of the program or standard with which you disagree. It is likely that others may have the same sentiment and the program can be only be improved when more stakeholders embrace it. Kimberly Kayler, CPSM, is president of Constructive Communication, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio. She is an active member of the American Con- crete Institute and has covered the construction industry for the last 20 years.

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