During the last decade, WACOL Engineering Teams have managed and inspected over $4 billion in projects on several hundred locations all over the country, provided bids evaluation, project coordination, quality assurance, design services, construction materials testing, materials submittals reviews, and constructability reviews and performed hundreds of site, facilities and engineering assessments.
WACOL engineers work side by side with our client representatives and engineers in upgrading facilities, managing construction projects, and providing top-notch QA/QC inspections throughout the project cycle including commissioning and post-project O&M services. Therefore, WACOL is committed to continue supporting its clients to achieve the highest quality standards with engineers possess hands-on experience and familiar with industry codes and best practices.
WACOL, we are very proud of our differentiators (resources and capabilities) that we have developed over the past years. Construction Quality Management offered by WACOL Engineers have long been recognized by the local and U.S. Government Bodies and Global Public Corporations.
Project Management Consultancy (PMC)
Design and Manage the Installation Infrastructure
Bids Evaluation, Design Reviews and Contractor Submittals
QA Oversight, Documentation and Corrective Actions
Project Quality Assurance Plan
WACOL Engineers ensure that an individual Project Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) is prepared for each and every Contractor executed project. Together with the Contractor’s Quality Control Plan, the QAP will help to ensure the objectives of our Client’s Construction Quality Management and other international standards are understood and met by the contractors, ensuring delivery of the highest quality projects possible. The use of WACOL’s Project Oversight and system of Deficiency Identification, Categorization, Management and Resolution will help to ensure contractors only produce and deliver to the highest quality expectations. In order to ensure quality, an iterative quality process will be used throughout the project life cycle. This iterative process includes measuring process metrics, analyzing process data, and continuously improving the processes. WACOL’s Project Manager and the project team will perform assessments at planned intervals throughout the project to ensure all processes are being correctly implemented and executed. Project Oversight
More than 300 WACOL engineers have long been the Local and U.S. Government Representatives on construction projects for over $4 billion of work-in-place since 2005. Our engineers are familiar with all aspects of construction, and will utilize as support for their on-site efforts the on-line International Building Codes, the Quality Assurance Representative’s Guide and other reference materials. More importantly, WACOL engineers will be on the project sites, representing our Client to ensure quality project delivery. Daily Reports by field engineers/Construction Inspectors are the backbone of a solid construction management program for our valued Clients.
WACOL engineers utilize the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Master Format 2004© 50 Divisions numbering system for easy identification, tracking and categorization of construction, design and engineering deficiencies. Using the CSI format as a means of identifying deficiencies ensures that all parties are drawn to the same and proper references, reducing disputes and ensuring rapid resolution of deficiencies. Using the CSI Master Format also provides an easy and common means to track and record deficiencies for multiple contractors. Deficiency Categorization Depending on the seriousness, criticality and system affected by the deficiency, WACO L engineers will assign a Deficiency Category to ensure the proper resources are committed to resolving the deficiency. Generally, WACOL engineers use three categories to state the severity and impact of the deficiency:
- Minor- Usually finishes of other easily corrected non- structural issues
- Significant- Could or would likely present or cause structural or facility usability issues
- Critical- Structural issues, Life-Safety or Facility Usability restrictions
WACOL engineers also track the contractor metrics as they relate to categories of deficiencies to help establish and monitor quality trends with individual contractors.
The process chart below lays out the specific approach WACOL uses to identify, classify, document,
manage and resolve deficiencies. Clearly, this process does not address all potential scenarios, and the process can be modified to suit special needs, projects or clients.
Safety Oversight, Documentation and Corrective Actions
Interpreting and Enforcing Contractual Provisions
WACOL Engineers are fully capable of assisting the Client’s appointed Contracting Representative and/or Resident Engineer with both the interpretation as well as the enforcement of contract requirements, specification and deliverables provisions.
Contractor Progress Reporting
Our Engineers will serve as the “eyes and ears” of Client’s Representative and Resident Engineer, and as such, WACOL Engineers are responsible to ensure they maintain a complete grasp of the overall project scope, as well as maintain a thorough understanding of the contractor’s progress towards completion. WACOL understand that Client Representative and the Resident Engineer are quickly deluged with large amounts of data and information sometimes making it difficult to extract the salient points that need attention. WACOL Engineers work closely with the Client to understand the critical information requirements to better sort the incoming data. Additionally, having years of experience in the construction industry, WACOL engineers spotlight critical deficiencies that must be brought to a COR’s attention that may not be patently obvious.
Contractor Progress Payments
One of the most important and often contentious aspects of reporting is on contractor progress and Requests for Payments. WACOL engineers and support staff are fully versed in construction management, quantity surveying and Earned Value Management for determining progress payments.
Professional Document and File Management
Structural Inspection and Material Testing
WACOL has extensive experience conducting material inspection and independent testing. Material inspection is conducted routinely on site for material submittal verification and compliance. WACOL maintains independent testing teams that are capable of drawing specimen samples utilizing established procedures to conduct routine and forensic testing with certified material testing laboratories. Material testing categories that have been performed previously consists of concrete, road and paving materials, soil and aggregates for compressive strength, material constituents, linear strength and shrinkage, sieve analysis, compaction, and bearing ratios. WACOL Structural and Material Test Teams are equipped with all necessary tools and apparatuses for sampling and field tests. WACOL’s structural and material test services cover a wide range of testing of construction materials and also can design specialized tests to meet the unique needs of any construction project.
- Certified Engineering & Construction Testing: WACOL dedicates staff of professional engineers and certified technicians and laborers. This staff has the ability to conduct all field monitoring, sampling and testing of construction materials throughout the region to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications.
- Standards: All sampling, testing performance is in accordance with the appropriate test standards procedures including ASTM (American Standards for Testing Materials), ACI (American Concrete Institute), AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), BS (British Standards) and IQS (Iraq Standards).
- Laboratories: WACOL’s affiliated laboratory is certified by Iraqi Engineers Union. Tester machines and apparatuses are calibrated routinely by Iraqi Standardization & Control Institution. Also, WACOL cooperates with certified laboratories in UAE and Jordan to perform material testing according to our clients’ request.
- Reporting and Documentations: WACOL’s Assessment and Structural Test teams reports accompanied by photos, summarize details of sampling, testing procedures, and results.
- Field Testing Procedure Report
- Field Destructive tests repairing report
- Lab test procedure report
- Lab results report.
- Recommendation and Engineering Reach-back support report
- List of Tests: The available tests included but not limited to:
- Core tests
- Concrete Test Hammer/Schmidt hammer tests
- Compressive strength for concrete cubes
- Ultrasound tests for concrete
- Standard Consistency Cement
- Initial and Final Setting Times of Cement
- Soundness of Cement Compressive Strength of Cement Mortar
- Sieve Analysis of Aggregate
- Specific Gravity of Coarse Aggregate
- Gravity of Fine Aggregate
- Unit Weight of Aggregate
- Crushing Value of Coarse Aggregate
- Impact Value of Coarse Aggregate
- 10% Fitness Value
- Compressive Strength Testing of Building Stones
- Water Absorption of Building Stones
- Compaction test for soil and sub base
- Coarse Aggregate (gravel) tests
- Fine Aggregate (Sand) tests
- Bearing capacity for soil
- Mosaic Tiles tests
- Concrete masonry units tests
- Masonry Brick
- Density and yield and air content
- Pressure method
- Volumetric method
- Asphalt tests
- Asphalt for thermal insulation in roofing tests
- Mill test
WACOL believes that there are costs and time associated with risks that may or not be clearly evident. Underestimating risk elements and their impacts can compromise the Construction Quality. Such impacts include the visible costs and time of protection and mitigation and/or the costs and time when unknown risk events do occur, and the hidden costs of inflated estimates and contingencies, exclusion of qualified performance partners, and inclusion of inappropriate performance partners. Therefore, our Engineers help our Clients to define potential risk that could occur to the project. Those risks will be determined, analyzed and managed to ensure the accurate cost and time and the quality of project deliverables. For each risk that will be mitigated, WACOL Risk Management Team identifies ways to prevent the risk from occurring or reduce its impact or probability of occurring. Our team working with the Client’s Project Team and project sponsors will ensure that risks are actively identified, analyzed, and managed throughout the life cycle of the project. Risks will be identified prior to project implementation and evaluated along the run to minimize their impact.
- Risk Identification and Analysis: Risk identification will involve the project team and appropriate stakeholders. It will include an evaluation of environmental factors, organizational culture and the project management plan including the project scope. Careful attention will be given to the project deliverables, assumptions, constraints, WBS, cost/effort estimates, resource plan, and other key project documents. Our Subject Matter Experts will assess the probability and impact of occurrence for each identified risk, with input from the project team using both Qualitative and/or Quantitative approaches for Risk Probability and Risk Impact (High, Medium, and Low.
- Risk Response Planning: For each identified risk, one of four approaches will be selected to address it (Avoid, Mitigate, Accept, or Transfer).