2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference


Title
WHY IS STEEL CERTIFICATION ESSENTIAL? WHY SHOULD IT BE CONSIDERED MANDATORY?

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Author
Dr. HELLEN CHRISTODOULOU, CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF STEEL CONSTRUCTION (Presenter)
Abstract

In a world of global supply chains, all levels of government are facing new procurement and construction challenges.   As with many pre-fabricated products, steel bridge girders could come from anywhere in the world.   It can no longer be assumed that a fabricator will be familiar with Canadian bridge construction standards or have the facility, personnel and equipment capable of compliance with the contract requirements.   It can also no longer be assumed that a fabricator will be concerned with his long-term reputation.   The competitive bidding process can put price above all other considerations and owners have diminishing control over the enforcement of quality standards.   The potential for compromising safety and durability have increased proportionately. To comply with the intent and requirements of CHBDC, The National Building Code and the Handbook of Steel Construction the engagement of a certified fabricator is an underlying guarantee of the expected work quality.

Some of the critical issues faced in bridge projects have common concerns which can be greatly mitigated with the adoption of steel bridge certification:

  • Late deliveries;

  • Cost overruns;

  • Legal pursuits;

  • Defects and deficiencies;

  • Non-conformities to Codes and Standards;

  • Require intense inspection and testing;

  • Local fabricators consulted to solve and remedy issues;

To guarantee the best overall return of $ value for the public infrastructure projects and to ensure compliancy with the requirements of CHBD the adoption of steel bridge certification is essential.