After many years, inspection and test plans, also known as ITPs, are still being used in military construction with gradual popularity in many other construction industries. Essentially, ITPs are a set of required inspections that each industry needs to provide and check what tests and inspections should and have been performed throughout phases in a project. Because this is an essential component for the overall quality control plan in different projects, you must understand what inspection and test plans (ITPs) are, the reasons we use them and how you can get the most out of them in your construction projects.
Why Should I Use an ITP?
There are several reasons why you should be using ITPs in all your quality management programs, even if you’re working under a contract that doesn’t necessarily require this valuable tool.
When implementing an ITP plan, your project outlines what everyone needs to do and what clients can expect with each project phase. As the name suggests, this tool indicates what tests and inspections need to be done and which have been completed and those pending.
One of the primary reasons you should be using an ITP is to hold persons accountable for the necessary inspections that ought to be conducted. You need to remember that inspections cannot be completed at a later stage if they were missed, and this is what ITPs tries to avoid and to minimise potential problems by ensuring quality assurance stays in track.
What Do I Need To Include In An ITP?
There are several components, tests and inspections that need to be included in every ITP. These include:
- All the tests and inspections needed
- The frequency of each test and inspection
- Types of inspections required
- Persons responsible for the work being inspected
- Inclusion of dates for tests and inspections
- Notes and comments on ITPs
- Indicated where approval needs to be granted prior to starting with the project
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How Do I Create an ITP?
Many people, especially if you’ve never created an inspection and test plan, may seem like an impossible task, especially when factoring in all the tests and inspections that need to be done on your project. However, the good news is that you won’t have to define every aspect of your ITP. The most important thing is to outline the test and inspections required based in the contract, specifications and construction schedules for your project.
Make sure you review your project’s specs, the construction schedule and identify all the tasks that require testing and inspection. Next, you’ll need to have a look at your contracts with subs and establish features that also need to be inspected beyond making any payments.
Lastly, what are the milestones that critical inspections need to be completed? You will have to review these at the end of each phase or before any other work needs to be covered.
The great thing about inspection and test plans is that they can help you win a contract with potential clients and help simplify employed quality management practices for all projects you’re undertaking. These inspections and tests also help improve the quality of your projects.
An ITP plan template, or if you’d like, using software that gathers data and tracks process is the most efficient method of using inspection and test plans.
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