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Technical Audit of Construction Project

technical audit of construction

A Technical Audit is a review of various aspects of a project to ensure that the contractor’s team at site is performing appropriately and is aligned with the requirements of the contract. Since construction projects typically involve several entities performing a number of concurrent tasks, a technical audit is found to be an effective tool for keeping everything on track and under budget.

Following are some of the benefits of a technical audit:

  • Site-specific problem solving
  • Productivity improvements could be site-specific and also applicable to the entire organization.
  • Exposing site engineers to a different point of view
  • Providing the management a view of the project with respect to cost, time, and quality
  • Providing inputs to prevent any issue getting out of proportion

Technical Audit is different from a QMS audit under ISO 9001.  The aim of audit under ISO 9001 is to assess conformance or non-conformance to the provisions of ISO 9001 and/or the organization’s Quality management system. It covers all the functions but does not examine the technical (Engineering) aspects of the operations.

For the technical audit, to be effective, it should be carried out by person(s) well acquainted with the Engineering/technical, commercial, and contractual aspects of construction. He should be experienced enough to spot any aspect which appears to be not in line with ‘good practice’. In short, the technical auditor should be an experienced construction engineer himself with an acute sense of observation. An added and crucial skill is that of asking the right questions, to elicit information and sense the root cause of the problem/situation.

 As part of the preparation for conducting a technical audit, the auditor is provided with basic information about the project. This includes salient information related to the project, contract agreement, typical GA drawings, progress status, and overview of resource deployed. The technical audit is conducted by the auditor visiting the site accompanied by senior personnel from the site team. The auditor examines records, walks around the site and interacts with the site team, and gathers all relevant information. Through leading questions, the auditor guides the auditees into unearthing avenues for improvement and identifies root cause of problems. The auditor also shares his experiences of construction works in challenging the auditees and helping them benchmark their performance at a higher level.

The technical audit can be conducted by senior engineers from within the organization. However, there are certain advantages of outsourcing this activity, such as;

  • An external auditor can view the issues from a different perspective and is not blindsided.
  • An external auditor is more likely to be objective and impartial as he is not an employee. More importantly, there is a greater likelihood that auditees perceive an external auditor to be impartial and objective and are more open and communicative.
  • It is easier for an external auditor to challenge and question the way things are done.
  • Not all suggestions/recommendations of any auditor are always implementable. There is very little risk in not implementing the suggestions & recommendations if these emanate from an external source. Ignoring or overruling the same recommendation from an internal source can be counterproductive.
  • It is possible that the Engineer from within the organization himself was party to many decisions, in which case, as an auditor he is unlikely to question these.
  • An external auditor helps in bringing ideas that have been successfully implemented at other projects and in other organizations.

The auditor provides to the top management at the site as well as the corporate office an audit report containing;

  • Overall impressions regarding the effectiveness of the construction operations.
  • Assessment of the strength and weaknesses of the project setup. This could include the organization structure, competence of resources deployed, working environment, etc.
  • Scope of improvement in aspects related to design management, contract administration, Quality and HSE management, productivity, and progress.
  • Specific areas for improvement and recommendations on actions required to implement these.
  • Value Engineering ideas
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Mukesh shah
Mukesh shah
August 4, 2022 5:53 pm

These are really important subjects / processes to look in by every construction business owner , to have proper business & quality management systems which will give us cost effective quality product.

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