Successfully Meet Demanding Customer Requirements
Quality management for infrastructure construction relies heavily on field inspection, field testing and laboratory testing activities which can be performed by the contractor and third party testing services companies. These inspections and tests are required to confirm compliance with the relevant specifications and for customer acceptance. Therefore, they can impact significantly on the construction project schedule. Timely access to this data can be difficult as it is collected by multiple individuals from different organizations across large job sites.
Replacing your existing disparate paper and software systems with a centralized solution from Spectra QEST enables business process improvements in the running of field inspection, testing and laboratory operations as well as enabling the sharing of quality data and reports between all project stakeholders. You can streamline laboratory and field testing operations, eliminate duplicate data entry and significantly reduce report turnaround time.
Equip yourself with Spectra QEST’s leading software tools which provide you with the following benefits:
Data in Once
Eliminate duplicate data entry through the use of a single system to meet all your field and laboratory information management needs, including sample tracking, data collection, results calculation, report generation and distribution, equipment calibration and billing. Integrate with the other business systems used by your organization.
Report Turnaround Time
Reduce report turnaround time by performing data entry/capture as part of the testing workflow (in the field or the laboratory) and by electronically reviewing, approving and distributing reports.
Field Electronic Access
Allocate, track and capture field testing and inspection data in real time improving visibility into your operations and simplifying report review and approval. Provide field staff with immediate, electronic access to all laboratory information and work requests. Know whether your field staff have accepted work allocated to them, whether they are woking on it, and know when they are done.
Meet compliance obligations for ISO/IEC 17025, accreditation agencies and other authorities. Track equipment calibrations, technician competency, audit trail, report approval authority, etc.
Uniform Test Reports
Ensure consistent reporting formats between individual tests and between different testing disciplines. Support the testing from various disciplines in a single, centralized system, including concrete, aggregates, asphalt, soils etc.
Quickly and easily track work progress and plan upcoming work in the laboratory. Electronically create and assign work requests to technicians/inspectors in the field and laboratory.
Efficient storage, searching and analysis of test results enables reporting for quality control and quality assurance purposes, including historical material performance tables and charts.
Quickly and reliably enter raw data, calculate results and perform validations for over 600 construction materials and geotechnical test methods out of the box. Including ASTM, AASHTO, Australian Standards, New Zealand Standards, British Standards, various state DOT standards and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a selection of questions that customers ask us often.
As a construction company, you do multiple projects concurrently. There are benefits in implementing QEST Platform centrally, and deploying it for each project, just as other corporate systems are deployed in the various projects the company does. Benefits include a more efficient deployment, a lower per project cost, and centralised project quality control.
However, this is only a recommendation and not mandatory. QEST Platform has been successfully implemented in individual projects and the subscription payment option available with the hosted version of QEST Platform, is ideal for a project because it is deployed and paid for only for the duration of the project.
As technology advances and the world becomes more connected, construction management systems and other third party systems require construction testing data. Unfortunately, in most cases, there is not a well-defined data structure available that describes what data is required and how it is to be transmitted.
Despite this limitation, Spectra QEST has created bespoke interfaces for various systems that share quality data from QEST Platform to third party systems – often through Construction Hive. Examples of such interfaces are the TxDOT and AzDOT connectors that Spectra QEST has developed for our clients.
All tests implemented in the new QEST WebApp technology are built to support AGS data export, with minimum configuration. Tests supported with the legacy QESTLab technology, can also be configured, with a bit more effort, to export data in AGS. Given that AGS is not implmented the same way from market to market (or even from project to project), please contact Spectra QEST to discuss your specific needs further.