AXIS Inspection really got its start doing Bridge Inspections. The very first project we did, even before the company was called AXIS, was a Bridge Fabrication in a shop in North Bay.
Quality Assurance vs Quality Control
Unlike structural steel, where we most often work for the owner, in bridge fabrication we are fairly evenly split on working for the owner, which is Quality Assurance and the fabricator, which is quality control.
Our first few projects were primarily quality assurance, which means representing the owner and ensuring that the bridge that is fabricated, meets the design and code requirements produced. Over the years we developed the Non-Destructive testing component of the business and began performing the quality control for fabricators.
Conflict of Interest
Most bridge fabrication projects have both quality control and quality assurance inspections. Different companies work on each of these tasks to ensure that the quality of the completed bridge meets the design requirements. It would be a conflict of interest to work for both the owner and the fabricator in most situations.
A recent project was done as a “Triple P” project, which meant that the owner, the fabricator and the inspection team would work together and fabricate a bridge to the design requirements, using only one inspection company. As ways to save money are always being considered, this was one way that owners are trying to save costs.
One of the founding members and current V.P and Inspection Supervisor, started his career fabricating bridges. His knowledge and passion is for how the steel moves and how the camber forms. Our team is continuing to learn from him and develop their skills both on the Quality Assurance and Quality control sides.
If you have any questions about quality assurance or quality control for any bridge, please feel free to contact us! We would love to work together with you on your next project.