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 Construction inspection manual.

Sixth Edition.

BNi, building news.


Table of contents.

1.  Recommended duties, responsibilities, and limitations.

Owner, architect, contractor, construction inspector, job site safety.

2. Coordination.

Communications, correspondence and forms.

3.  Checklist for field inspection.

Starting out, general items, technical items, closing out checklist.

4.  Standards and codes.

5.  The construction inspector.

Qualifications and requirements.

Employment, compensation, and agreements.


Construction industry organizations.

Terms and definitions.


Inspector's basic bookshelf.

Inspector's basic tools.

Inspector's basic project file.

Miscellaneous construction aids.

Mathematics and metric conversion.

Access for persons with disabilities.

Hazardous materials.

Useful construction data.


Construction inspector.

Organizing complete system of construction records.

Log book, daily report system.

Progress report system.  Weekly, monthly etc.

Correspondence file.

Payment file.

Change order file.

Shop drawings and samples little file.

Substitution file.

Test and inspections file.

Site conference file.

Job memo file.


Progress payment evaluation.

Jurisdictions, reports required.

Keep in touch with the architect.

Planning and coordinate delivery of owners applied materials.

Do not take orders from the owner, but architect.

Do not advise or issue direction in relation to construction methods.

Lots of additional rules here, data.


Job site safety.

If you see it, notify and document.

Do not go looking for it.




Owner communicates directly with the architect, through the architect with the contractor.

The construction inspector communicates directly with the architect and the superintendent.

The architect communicates directly with the owner, contractor, and superintendent, and the construction inspector.

Remember the writing issue, to document, document, document.


Correspondence and forms.

The American Institute of architects has developed the most complete series of documents.

Widely used forms, application for payment, certificate for payment, change order, field change order, transmittal, and inspector’s daily report.

Suggested correspondence.

Owner: all matters document to architect.

Architect: distribution of correspondence to all parties involved.

Contractor: follow-up phone conversations in writing for important matters.

Construction inspector: use a field memorandum for conceptually numbered issues.


Checklist for field inspection.

Starting up, general items checklist, technical items checklist, and closing out checklist.


Starting out and procedures checklist.

Office established and equipped as required.

Phones, faxes, and computer entities installed and parties informed of phone number.

Mailing address established.

Acquire complete directory of all the parties involved, phone numbers, faxes etc.

Emergency phone numbers acquired.

Permits and approvals have been obtained from all agencies.

Codes and standards are available on the job site.

Procedures for the work are established.

Many issues are here, manpower, climate, materials, equipment, laboratory tests, and adequate operational conditions.

The architect is notified before phases of work are closed up.

Safety of the public is taken into consideration and verified.

Hazardous materials, handicap regulations.


Technical items checklist.

Bidding requirements, site work, concrete, Masonry, metals, wood, plastics, moisture protection, including thermal protection, doors and windows, finishes, specialties, equipment, furnishings, special construction, conveying systems, mechanical, electrical.

Each one of these topics alone has several issues.

Vandalism and again public safety.

Landscaping, irrigation systems.

Concrete: reinforcement, cast in place, pre-cast.

Structural steel, metal decking, metal fabrications, flashing, sheet metal, metal doors and frames, entrances and storefronts, metal windows, wood doors, hardware.  Glazing.  Lath and plaster.  Gypsum board.  Tile.  Acoustical, flooring, carpet, painting, casework,~cabinetry.  Window treatment, fire protection, plumbing, mechanical issues, refrigeration, air distribution.  Each one of these topics has many issues individually.  Basic electrical materials and methods, service and distribution, lighting,.


Closing out checklist.

Architect inspection, owners representative, inspection list, revealing, service connection meters, sterilization of plumbing system, agency inspections, operational test of systems and equipment, system adjustments, owners personnel instruction, final change orders, instruction manuals and other related materials transmitted to owner.

Extra materials and spares delivered to owner, final payment forms process, maintenance issues are understood and arranged for.


Standards and codes.

Many organizations and agencies and develop standards and codes applying to the construction industry.

There are 100 here.


National, standard, building code, fire prevention code, property maintenance, mechanical, plumbing, energy conservation,.

Federal and state issues.

This is a topic by itself, end here.


The construction inspector.

Qualifications and requirements.

College and hands-on experience.

Minimum of two years college.

Personal skills.


Proper inspection insurers  the owner gets the structure paid for and the contractor makes a reasonable profit.


The construction inspector, employment, compensation and agreement.

The owner engages the construction inspector for the project, and inspector works under the direction of the architect.

Compensation, generally speaking, the rate of the foreman the average of the four highest trades present.


Construction industry organizations.

National and state organizations.



Agency, application in certificate for payment, architect, architects representative, beneficial occupancy, mailing inspector, change order, codes, consulting, construction documents, date of substantial completion, field change or, final acceptance, final inspection, inspector, owner, owner representative, progress payment, progress schedule, record drawings, schedule of values, shop drawings, standards, supplier, superintendent, vendor,.


Keep in mind, modern technologies.

Webcams, digital cameras, small cameras, motion activator, surveillance,.

Phones with cameras, videoconferencing, broadband connections.  Camcorders.









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