Contract Administration

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Rights of Way (ROW) ManagementIdentifies stakes and easement limitsObtains construction easements and work permits
Contractor PaymentsComputes quantity measurementsDevelops contractor payment estimatesVerifies contractor payment estimatesRecommends contractor payment estimates
Documents for application to contractor paymentsRecommends/Approves contractor payment estimates
Supplemental Agreements (change orders)Explains general change order proceduresProvides information to write change ordersPrepares change ordersApproves change orders
Documents quantitiesRecommends/Approves change orders
Corrects quantitiesApplies negotiation skills within contract limits
Force accountsExplains general force account proceduresPrepares force accountsDirects/Monitors labor, equipment and materialsPrepares plan and guide estimates
Documents quantities/Production rates
Corrects quantities
Cost EstimatingComputes quantities, Documents production ratesApplies basic principles of cost estimatingUtilizes historical bid prices to obtain prices for new or negotiated
items
Develops estimate using labor, equipment, materials and historical item
prices
Claims ManagementRecognizes work falling outside the scope of the contract

Maintains proper project records

Summarizes project records

Implements claims management and contract claims
specifications processes and procedures
Manages project to minimize claims
Prepares construction diariesSummarizes project recordsApplies claims management process and procedures
Negotiates claims
Preconstruction (field design/ redesign)Identifies basic elements of a construction planVisualizes complete components of the planModifies basic design (field) using available design tools

Approves design changes that can be made in the field

Escalates design issues that must be escalated to the designer of record

Locates worksite features included on the construction planIdentifies design conflicts or omissionsEscalates design issues that must be escalated to the
designer of record
Distinguishes among the plan, profile and cross section
Project Closeout Explains the principles underlying the construction
contractor performance evaluation process
Prepares project closeout documentsCompletes project closeout procedures
Prepares objective construction contractor performance evaluationRecommends project acceptance
SpecificationsRelates specifications to project requirementsIdentifies order of precedence of specificationsInterprets specifications for change ordersWrites specifications for change orders
Applies specifications in enforcing contract requirements
Labor ProvisionsReviews payrolls for compliance Investigates instances of noncomplianceEscalates issues related to non-compliance
Performs field interviews for compliance
EEO/DBEReviews payrolls for compliance /is familiar with EEO compliance
procedures
Reviews commercial useful function compliance/performs field
interviews for compliance
Escalates issues related to non-compliance
Recognizes requirements for contractor poster boardsReviews Contractor Poster boards for complianceEscalates issues related to non-compliance
Recognizes requirments for On The Job Training (OJT)Reviews training plan for complianceEscalates issues related to non-compliance
Certifications/SubmittalsRecognizes construction materials/methods requiring
submittals/certifications.ensures they are obtained
Reviews certifications/submittals for compliance with contract
requirements
Escalates issues related to non-compliance
Recognizes Buy American requirementsFollows prescribed procedures in determining compliance
(spot check)
Ensures compliance or Escalates issues related to non-compliance
Project Daily DocumentationProvide information to Level Iiregarding daily activitiesDocuments daily activitiesReviews documents for accuracy/nonbias and incoporates into permanent
records
Office ProceduresFollows office filing procedures for projectPrepares project-relevant reports and correspondence
SchedulingFollows project schedule in the execution of assigned work
activities
Interprets project scheduleMonitors project schedule/ensures complianceReviews contractor schedule modifications/makes
recommendation for corrective action
Uses scheduling tools
PartneringApplies principles of partnering with contractors and other involved
parties
Participates in partnering with contractors and other
involved parties
Fosters partnering with contractors and other involved parties
Value Engineering  Recommends VECP actionsApproves VECP actions
Evaluates VECP 
Owner oversite of Consultant Construction Engineering &
Inspection (CCEI)
 Monitors and documents CCEI servicesSelects and contracts for professional servicesSelects and negotiates CCEI contracts
Supervises small project teamsEstablishes project staffing levels and qualificationsApproves modifications to CCEI contracts
Evaluates CCEI ServicesProcesses error and omission claims
Recommends CCEI contract modifications

 

Quality Assurance

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Quality ControlMeasures dimensionsDescribes operations of quality control systemsAnalyzes control and acceptance dataAssesses results and takes action to correct processes to meet
applicable requirements
Examines/classifies attributesMonitors quality control systems dataTakes action at project level based on compared dataRecommends action to QC program administrator
Documents results
Quality AcceptanceMeasures dimensionsDescribes operations of quality control and acceptance systems

Analyzes control and acceptance data.

Participates in development of attribute checklists

Assesses results and takes action to correct processes to meet
applicable requirements
Examines/classifies attributesMonitors quality control and acceptance systems dataTakes action at project level based on compared dataRecommends action to QA program administrator
Documents resultsDocuments results
Independent Assurance (IA) Measures dimensionsPerforms independent evaluations of the work process and technicians
used for quality control or acceptance
Analyzes systems data and makes program-level decisions based on systems
competence. Analyzes data for inspector effectiveness
Examines/classifies attributesRecommends actions based on analysis resultsDevelops draft system/program improvements
Documents results

 

Environment

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
General Explains the environmental stipulations regarding erosion
and siltation, pollution (water, air, & noise), forests and
archeological, paleontological, and rare mineralogical findings
Disposal Areas Explains the procedures that a contractor must follow in
securing the approval of a disposal site
Conducts claims reviews
Explains the contents of a contractor's site plan for a
disposal area
Negotiates and resolves issues
Explains the responsibilities of both the contractor and the
DOT as they pertain to disposal areas
Approves work orders
Environmental Permits, Certificates and Licenses (Streams
& Wetlands
Describes Environmental Permits, Certificates and LicensesVerifies that all appropriate permits have been obtainedConducts claims reviews
Reviews Environmental Permits, Certificates and Licenses for
project-applicable commitments
Verifies that the contractor adheres to the provisions of
all environmental permits
Negotiates and resolves issues
Verifies that all permits and special provisions are maintained on-site
and the dates are still applicable (expiration dates are current)
Verifies that the contractor has not caused the rutting,
compaction and pollution or other harm to the wetland mitigation
planting area
Approves work orders
Verifies that all new pipes and/or culverts for road crossings on
perennial streams are being countersunk a minimum of 6 inches for the
establishment of natural habitat and that prescribed low-flow provisions
are followed
Verifies that all "no impact" jurisdictional areas are
marked off and protected prior to construction
Verifies that the contractor is using mats in wetland areas to support
construction equipment
Verifies that all temporary structures in jurisdictional
permitted areas are properly maintained
Verifies that the contractor has submitted for approval the
design and method of temporarily relocating streams to facilitate
construction
Verifies that the contractor has prevented stream
constriction which would reduce flows below the prescribed minimum
(normally 50%)
Verifies that all disturbed jurisdictional stream and
wetland areas are returned to natural contours
Cultural ResourcesVerifies that all cultural resources
(archaeological sites, historic buildings, etc.) that have been
delineated on construction plans for avoidance are being protected from
impact from construction
Conducts claims reviews
Negotiates and resolves issues
Approves work orders
Hazardous Materials Verifies that the site-specific Environmental Plan for the
removal and application of protective coatings of metals in structures
has been sent to the contractor
Conducts claims reviews
Verifies that during the startup and removal portions of the
coating removal process the contractor's certified Industrial Hygienist,
Licensed Lead Supervisor or Steel Structure Painting Council Supervisor
(as identified in the Environmental Plan) is on site
Negotiates and resolves issues
Verifies that the contractor has collected air samples during the application and removal of protective coatings and has submitted the analysis results as specifiedApproves work orders
Verifies that the contractor has a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan on-site and adequate secondary containment for petroleum storage if more than a total of 1320 gallons of petroleum product is stored (55-gallon containers and greater) on the project
Verifies that fuels and lubricants are stored outside of flood plains and that impoundments are in place to contain accidental spills and prevent such spills from entering waterways
Debris BurningExplains the Specification pertaining to burning debris from construction operationsVerifies that the contractor's burning has been approved and is in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and ordinancesConducts claims reviews
Negotiates and resolves issues
Approves work orders
Water & Sanitary Sewer Facilities Verifies that cisterns, septic tanks, and other structures have been demolished and backfilled properlyConducts claims reviews
Verifies that all wells have been properly closedNegotiates and resolves issues
Verifies that water supplies are protected from contamination by sewageApproves work orders
Verifies that water mains and accessories have been disinfected prior to tie-ins in accordance with prescribed procedures

 

Construction Surveying & Staking

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Surveying VerificationIdentifies principles of surveying and landscape preservationChecks gradesVerifies dimensions and volumes by trigonometric and quantity methodsCoordinates with surveyors to identify necessary changes
Reads survey and slope stakesChecks location from reference and slope stakesConducts cross sections and calculations to prepare earthwork volumes (cuts & embankments)Adjusts contract to reflect survey changes and errors
Interprets map contoursConfirms staking information
Uses hand level and cloth tape for measurement purposesUses and calibrates survey tools and instruments
Familiar with GPS equipment operation/ability compare to paper survey Understands electronic modeling used by contractor (AMG)
 Understands principals of GPS equipment operation
Understands correction factors applied by base station

 

Utilities

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Permits/AgreementsIdentifies basic elements of permits and agreement formsEnsures documentation (permits/agreements) complianceAdjusts schedule to accommodate dates of utility relocation work to avoid delay highway contractorCoordinates with organizations to arrange for appropriate permits/agreements
Follows basic permit and agreement form proceduresCommunicates and works toward resolution of discrepancies or issues
Location/Mapping/ SurveyingIdentifies utility locations/mappingRelates utility locations/mapping to construction activities (e.g., depths)Identifies need for additional mapping/location and relationship with project schedules and delaysEnsures appropriate action for additional mapping/location and relationship with project schedules and delays
Utility ConstructionRecognizes plans, specifications and safety issues related to utility constructionIdentifies construction techniques, specifications and safety issues related to utility constructionAdjusts schedule to accommodate dates of utility relocation work to avoid delay highway contractorMakes appropriate changes and adjustments based on applicable code and pipeline regulations
RailroadsRecognizes need for appropriate permits and staffComplies with applicable permits and railroad requirementsCoordinates with railroad organizations for permits/changes
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)Locates (plan view) and designates (plan and profile views) utilities on the projectAssesses utility conditionEnsures utility operationsMitigates conflicts and minimizes utility relocation
Verifies survey and utility mapping outputsIdentifies utility conflictsDevelops relocation cost estimates
Recognizes SUE quality levelsResolves accommodation conflicts
Implements accommodation policies

 

Grading

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
ExcavationExplains the basic principles of excavationInterprets grading stakesRecognizes implication of improper application (including effects on and of other structures)Determines contract decisions related to excavation, clearing and grubbing, unsuitable material and acceptance of shoring plans
Assists in measuring areas for paymentExplains the basics of haul diagrams in the Contract PlansInterprets haul diagram and identifies changes in the fieldRecommends changes in balance points to equalize distribution of excavated material on the jobsite
Describes safety issues related to shoring in areas of excavation (OSHA Trenching Safety Requirements)Identifies areas requiring shoring and reviews plansRecommends acceptance or rejection of shoring plans
Distinguishes between materials that can be excavated by conventional equipment (blades, loaders, hoes, rippers, etc.) or by rock excavation techniques (hydraulic & pneumatic equipment, blasting, swelling agents, etc.)
Evaluates subgrades (proofrolling, soundings, testpits, etc.) to identify wet or unsuitable subgrade materials and recognizes solution alternatives
Controlled Blasting Explains the basic principles of Controlled BlastingRecognizes implication of improper applicationDetermines contract decisions related to controlled blasting
Identifies safety concerns related to traveling publicReviews Contractor's controlled blasting plan
Verifies vibration monitoring requirements and results
Recommends contract decisions related to controlled blasting
Contour Grading Explains the basic principles of contour gradingRecognizes implication of improper applicationDetermines contract decisions related to contour grading
Enforces specificationsRecommends contract decisions related to contour grading
Interprets staking
Identifies improper information
Site PreparationExplains the difference between clearing and grubbingIdentifies limits of clearing and grubbing for paymentRecommends acceptance or rejection of limits of clearing and grubbing for payment
Recognizes proper soil surface preparations (I.e. benching, surface drainage, scarifying, sealing, etc.)Evaluates foundation soils (proofrolling, soundings,
testpits, etc.) to identify wet or unsuitable foundation materials and recognizes solution alternatives
Identifies limits of wet or unsuitable material and makes recommendations for shallow repair/improvement of area, or notifies geotechnical engineer if other ground improvement methods are warranted
EmbankmentExplains the basic principles of embankment constructionInterprets grading stakesRecognizes implication of improper construction of embankmentDetermines contract decisions related to embankment
Recognizes unsuitable embankment materialRecommends acceptance or rejection of embankment materialRecommends corrective actions to be taken in relationship to improperly constructed embankments
Recognizes problems associated with density tests and notifies supervisorInterprets results of density tests for acceptance or rejection of compacted materials
Recognizes improper slope and embankment constructionVerifies requirements and results for ground improvement methods used for embankment construction (I.e. vertical drains, reinforced slopes, light weight fill, column supported embankments, etc.)
BorrowDescribes the basic requirements of borrow materialIdentifies limits of borrow siteRecognizes implication of improper applicationDetermines contract decisions related to borrow
Collects weigh tickets and identifies area of placement of materialObserves and documents the reclamation of the borrow siteRecommends acceptance of rejection of borrow site reclamation plan
Identifies representative samples for laboratory testingRecommends acceptance or rejection of borrow source
Interprets material test result for suitability of material
CompactionDescribes principles of compactionInterprets material test result for acceptance or rejection of compactive effort and/or soil moistureRecognizes implication of improper applicationDetermines contract decisions related to compaction
Distinguishes soil types and recognizes moisture-density relationships for all approved soil types and compactive effortsRecommends contract decisions related to compaction
Reviews results of compaction tests, moisture contents, and field proctor tests as required
Recognizes problems associated with density tests and notifies supervisor
DocumentationMeasures quantities of material hauledCalculates quantities for paymentChecks calculations and approves paymentAuthorizes payment for all items related to a contract
Calculates densities and moisture contentsCompiles documentation to support contract changesPrepares changes to the contract documents
Recognizes proper material documentation
Writes project diaries

 

Drainage

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
General Surface and Subsurface Drainage SystemsDescribes the basic purposes of surface and subsurface drainage systemsRecognizes proper surface and subsurface drainage system installation proceduresRecognizes improper surface and subsurface drainage system location staking and recommends corrective actionsDetermines contract decisions related to changed conditions or corrective actions pertaining to surface and subsurface drainage systems
Identifies surface and subsurface drainage items on contract plansInterprets surface and subsurface drainage system stakes and identifies location problems in the fieldRecommends changes to the location of drainage items to accommodate conflicts in the field (after communicating with engineer)
Recognizes special identification, test compliance stamps and certificates on drainage system materialsDocuments acceptance of drainage items and records measurement for paymentDocuments rejection of drainage system work and corrective action taken
Conventional Drainage Systems Construction InspectionDescribes the elements and engineering properties of conventional drainage systemsInspects drainage pipe unloading, storage and installation proceduresConducts conventional drainage system performance testsDetermines contract decisions related to changed conditions or corrective actions pertaining to conventional drainage system installations
Performs basic inspection of standard manufactured pipe, conduit, fittings and precast elementsInspects drainage pipe bedding and backfilling materials and proceduresRecognizes improper conventional drainage system installation and recommends corrective actions
Large and Special Drainage Systems Construction InspectionDescribes the basic elements of large and special drainage systems such as multi-plate culvertsInspects large and special drainage pipe unloading, storage and installation proceduresConducts large and special drainage system performance testsDetermines contract decisions related to changed conditions or corrective actions pertaining to large and special system installations
Performs basic inspection of manufactured elements of large and special drainage systemsInspects large and special drainage pipe bedding and backfilling materials and proceduresRecognizes improper large and special drainage system installation and recommends corrective actions

 

Aggregate Bases & Subbases Inspection

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Surface PreparationAssists in performing inspections of the surface upon which the aggregate materials are to be placedInspects subgrade or previously placed aggregate layers surface for required density and cross section in accordance with contract documentsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to surface preparation acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary corrective action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Stockpiling and HaulingAssists in inspecting contractor's aggregate stockpiling methodsInspects contractors stockpiling methodsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to stockpiling and hauling vehicle acceptance and payment
Assists in performing inspections of hauling vehiclesInspects trucks for proper loading and protection of aggregate materialsDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary corrective action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Checks weigh tickets for compliance with load restrictionsChecks weigh tickets for compliance with load restrictions
LaydownAssists in performing inspections related to laydown of aggregate materialsInspects laydown and processing of aggregate materials for compliance with uniformity cross section requirementsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of jobsite testDetermines contract decisions related to HMA laydown acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary corrective action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
CompactionDescribes basic compaction principles and roller patternsIdentifies types of compaction equipmentRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of jobsite compaction testsDetermines contract decisions related to laydown and compaction acceptance and payment
Explains how the types of compaction equipment are usedDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary corrective action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Surface Tolerances/ SmoothnessRecognizes the factors that control surface smoothness grades and how equipment is used to measure smoothness conformanceInterprets results of job surface tolerance and smoothness checksRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of surface tolerance and smoothness checksDetermines contract decisions related to surface tolerance and smoothness acceptance and payment
Assists in laying out roadway sections for surface tolerance checksCalculates pay factors for incentive/disincentive where appropriateDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary corrective action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
DocumentationSelects correct inspection forms to be used for different aggregate layersCompletes inspection formsDocuments acceptance or corrective action based on a review of inspection reports, measurements and test resultsEnters data into summary reports or statistical programs
Performs basic mathematical calculationsInterprets data
Reports out inspection resultsRecommends corrective action on a program basis to managers

 

Geotechnical Construction

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
General Geotechnical Construction InspectionPerforms basic geotechnical construction inspection observations, measurements and computationsConducts common geotechnical installation acceptance tests and inspects standard installationsAdministers specialized geotechnical installation acceptance tests and unique installation inspectionsOversees common and specialized geotechnical installation acceptance tests and installation procedures
Verifies locations and quantitiesDecides on geotechnical installation acceptance and payment
Subsurface Exploration Assists in performing basic subsurface exploration crew soil boring, coring, sampling tasksReads plans and locates boringsSupervises standard subsurface exploration boring, coring, sampling, visual description and logging crew operations
Determines water levels in boringsOperates drilling equipment without supervisionPerforms specialized geotechnical field and insitu testing
Operates drilling equipment under direct supervisionPerforms standard subsurface exploration boring, coring, disturbed and undisturbed sampling, SPT, visual description and logging tasks, and proper sample storage/transportInstalls specialized instrumentation
Installs common instrumentation
Geosynthetic Materials Installation InspectionPerforms simple geosynthetic materials installation observations, measurements and computationsConducts standard geosynthetic materials acceptance and inspects standard installationsAdministers geosynthetic materials specialized acceptance tests and unique installation inspectionsOversees common and specialized acceptance and installation procedures
Verifies locations and quantitiesDecides on geosynthetic materials installation acceptance and payment
Shallow Foundation Inspection Recognizes foundation excavation requirementsVerifies bearing materialRecommends corrective actions on foundation bearing after communicating with engineer
Recognizes effects of open excavation with respect to time on bearing capacity and performance (I.e. rainwater infiltration, groundwater, soil relaxation, etc.)
Driven Foundation InspectionIdentifies pile foundation typesPerforms standard driven pile foundation inspectionsCorrelates estimated and actual driven pile tip elevations to boring logsAuthorizes payment for all driven foundation items within contract
Recognizes elements of an approved driven pile installation plan. Recognizes contractor's basic equipment types, hammers, cushions, hydraulic/diesel, etc.Verifies compliance with the approved installation planSupervises standard driven pile inspection operationsAssures compliance with contract specifications and approved installation plans
Recognizes basic driving control methods
Performs basic load testing Can calculate battered pile vertical height. Understands when refusal occurs. Can inspect all types of pile splices.
Drilled Shaft InspectionDescribes the basics of drilled shaft dry, casing and wet construction methodsPerforms standard drilled shaft installation inspectionsSupervises standard drilled shaft inspection crew operationsAuthorizes payment for all drilled shaft items within contract
Recognizes elements of an approved drilled shaft installation planVerifies compliance with the approved installation planVerifies and documents subsurface soil/rock and groundwater conditionsAssure compliance with the contract specifications and approved installation plans
Recognizes construction and installation equipment components
Ground Anchor Inspection  Recognizes proper and improper installationCommunicates with engineer on documented results, and
trouble-shooting as required
Verifies and documents installation requirements and results (drilling, encountered soil/rock, hole depth, drill-hole integrity, anchors, corrosion protection, proper torque (if applicable), grouting (bonded and unbonded), seating platform and plate/nut assembly, pretensioning,
lock-off, and project details)
Verifies and documents load test requirements and results
Soil Nail Wall Inspection  Recognizes proper and improper installationCommunicates with engineer on documented results, and trouble-shooting as required
Verifies and documents installation requirements and results (excavation, benching, nail spacing, drilling, encountered soil/rock, hole depth, drill-hole integrity, nails, corrosion protection, grouting, seating platform and plate/nut assembly, drain installation, mesh/reinforcement placement, shotcreting, and project details)
Verifies and documents load test requirements and results
Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) and Wall Inspection Recognizes proper MSE wall constructionRecognizes improper MSE wall construction and conditions effecting wall performance and stabilityRecommends corrective actions to MSE wall construction after communicating with engineer
Verifies compaction and reinforcement placement requirements and documents results. Inspects MSE wall foundations. Inspects compaction requiements in fill next to the wall.Oversees wall construction
Verifies structural and drainage detail requirements, structural connection requirements, and delivered materials, material requirements, corrosion testing results
Reinforced Soil Slopes (RSS) Inspection Recognizes proper reinforced soil slope constructionRecognizes improper reinforced soil slope construction and conditions effecting slope performance and stabilityRecommends corrective actions to RSS construction after communicating with engineer
Verifies compaction and reinforcement placement requirements and documents resultsOversees RSS construction
Verifies structural and drainage detail requirements, reinforcement splices, delivered materials, material requirements
Ground Improvement Inspection  Recognizes proper and improper installation of various ground improvement methodsCommunicates with engineer on documented results, and trouble-shooting as required
Verifies and documents requirements and results for ground improvement methods, including vertical drains, lightweight fill, vibrocompaction, dynamic compaction, stone columns, vibroconcrete columns, grouting (permeation, compaction, jet, soil fracture, rock fissure, and general pressure grouting), reinforced earth, deep soil mixing, and column supported embankments
Verifies and documents results of performance testing, as required
Sheet Pile Installation Identifies sheet-pile materials and types, explains applicable specifications.Supervises sheet-pile installation, approves terminal tip elevation and/or cutt-off elevationAuthorizes payment for sheet pile installation in accordance with contract specifications and documentation
Recognizes acceptable installation methods and criteriaRecognizes intended sheet pile application and loading conditions relative to design and subsurface information (e.g. permanent vs. temporary, ground-water cut-off, separation barrier, excavation and soil retention, tieback diaphragm, abutment foundation, foundation
protection, etc.)
Assures compliance with contract specifications and approved installation plans
Verifies compliance with approved installation plan, counts blows, and documents eventsRecognizes unacceptable installation methods and criteria and unanticipated subsurface conditions for intended application and associated consequences
 Distinguishes contractor responsibilities for temporary and permanent applications
DocumentationDescribes the basics of project documentationCalculates quantities for geotechnical installations and geosynthetic materialsChecks calculationsAuthorizes payment for all geotechnical and geosynthetic items related to a contract
Writes project diariesApproves payment for geotechnical installations and geosynthetic materialPrepares changes to the contract documents
Compiles documentation to support contract changes

 

New Structure Construction

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
FootingsDescribes types of footingsDetermines Verifies contract compliance for specification and geotechnical requirementsRecommends contract decisions related to foundations acceptance and paymentDetermines contract decisions related to foundations, determines the need and adequacy of change orders, accepts work based on proper documentation.
Assists in checking staking for location, documents quantities for unsuitable or backfillChecks staking for location in relation to plansVerifies appropriate documentation of footing bearing values, elevation and location
Verifies concrete and reinforcing steel requirements and placementVerifies appropriate documentation of shoring and cribbing, steel reinforcing requirements & placement
Retaining Walls (General)Describes types of retaining wall systemsRecognizes wall construction requirements (including concrete, concrete steel reinforcement, backfill, backfill reinforcement, drainage, and plan detail requirements) Verifies contract compliance for specification and geotechnical requirements including shoring and cribbing, and recommends corrective to supervisor. Initiates payment.Recognizes improper wall construction and conditions effecting wall performance and stability. Recommends and writes change orders, if necessary. Verifies proper documentation for acceptance and payment.Determines contract decisions related to walls
Assists in checking line and grade Assists in checking staking for location, documents quantities for unsuitable or backfillChecks verifies staking for location in relation to plans and stakesOversees wall constructionRecommends corrective actions on foundation and wall bearing after communicating with Materials engineer
Verifies concrete and reinforcing steel requirements & placementVerifies foundation and wall bearing subgrade conditions
Verifies and documents excavation and backfill requirements including shoring and cribbing & placement (See Grading: Compaction)Verifies proper documentation of structural and drainage detail requirements, structural connection requirements, and delivered materials, material requirements, material testing results and sequencing.
Forming & FalseworkExplains basic formwork and falsework specificationsVerifies compliance of working drawings to Compares field layout to of forming and falsework drawings. Documents contract complianceReviews Contractor's submittals for contract compliance and verifies proper documentation for payment.Approves formwork and falsework submittals
Determines specification compliance or corrective action requiredRecommends contract decisions relating to forming and falsework.
Determines the need for and drafts change orders.
Determines contract decisions related to forming and falsework
acceptance and payment
Concrete GirdersExplains the basic types of a concrete girderDetermines specification compliance or corrective action required. Makes payment.Verifies contract compliance in working drawing submittals.
Recommends contract decisions related to concrete girders acceptance and verifies documentation for payment
Determines contract decisions related to concrete girders acceptance and payment
Assists in checking girder deflection and acceptance criteria upon arrival to the job siteChecks for proper deflection of girders and acceptance criteria upon arrival to the job site
Deterines Verifies proper placement and bracing of girder
Observes handling and storage of concrete girders
Structural Steel girders & connectorsExplains the basic properties of a steel girderDetermines specification compliance or corrective action requiredRecommends contract decisions related to steel girders acceptance and payment. Verifies contract compliance of working drawings, documentation for payments, and necessary change orders.Determines contract decisions related to structural steel acceptance and payment
Describes procedure for checking boltsVerifies proper steel components installed per approved drawings.
Verifies proper bolted bolting of connections, and erection sequence.
Verifies for proper cleaning and painting sandblasting of steel.
Verifies and documents compliance for payment. Inspects painting of girder in field
Inspects handling and storage of girders
Reinforcing Steel - LayoutExplains basic reinforcing steel layout specificationsVerifies and documents contract compliance of placement, storage, welding and splicing requirements. Identifies proper spacing, tieing and support of reinforcing steelReviews working drawings for contract compliance, reviews documentation, and recommends contract decisions related to reinforcing steel layout acceptance and paymentDetermines contract decisions related to reinforcing steel layout acceptance and payment
Describes the various types of reinforcing steelObserves Enforces compliance of handling and storage of reinforcing steel. Suggests and documents the needs of change orders.
Describes handling and storage of different types of reinforcing steelInspects reinforcing steel for damage (rust, damaged epoxy coating) and enforces corrective action
Assists in checking reinforcing bar spacing and supportCompares Verifies compliance of field layout to contract plans and writes paynotes.
Concrete Placement & ConsolidationDescribes the principles of concrete placement requirements and equipment.Determines specification compliance for mix designs, proper class for placement, and or corrective action, if requiredRecommends contract decisions related to concrete placement acceptance and payment. Verifies contract compliance to submittals for mix design, sets up pre-pour meetings, verifies documentation for payment.Determines contract decisions related to placement acceptance and payment
Describes proper vibration techniques, recieves and recognizes required documentationDetermines if the concrete is being properly vibrated, placed, consolidated, and documents acceptance criteria
Verifies weather conditions per specification and makes recommendations. Determines if the proper pour rate is being maintained
JointsDescribes types of Joints Recognizes those shown in the plans.Determines specification compliance or corrective action requiredRecommends contract decisions related to contract compliance and construction joints not shown in the plans. steel girders acceptance and paymentDetermines contract decisions related to then acceptance of joints and payment
Compares layout of joints to plans and determines if proper material is used to construct joint
Finishing & Curing ConcreteAssist in receiving and testing concrete. Describes methods of finishing and curing concreteDetermines specification contract compliance for weather conditions, equipment, and materials or corrective action requiredRecommends contract decisions related to finishing and curing concrete and paymentDetermines contract decisions related to finishing concrete
Assists in checking rails and clearances for deck finishing machineObserves Verifies proper setup of deck finishing machine and checks for proper deck thickness. Documents proper implementation of plans for hot or cold weather. Verifies proper finish is applied.Documents and follows up on corrective actions. Verifies contract compliance to hot or cold weather plan submittalsApproves removal of forms, falsework, and curing systems
Assists in checking the application of curing compoundInspects Documents the application of curing compound and checks to make sure the curing system is maintainedRecommends approval of removal of curing system
Deck SmoothnessDescribes the requirements for smoothnessDetermines specification compliance or corrective action requiredRecommends contract decisions related to smoothness acceptance and paymentDetermines contract decisions related to smoothness
Demonstrates the proper technique for using a straightedgeChecks and documents smoothness according to contract requirements.
Precast StructuresIdentifies precast items on construction planRecognizes proper precast structure installation proceduresVerifies working drawings for contract compliance and reviews acceptance criteria for payment. Recognizes implications of improper installationDetermines contract decisions related to changes or corrective actions regarding precast units
Recognizes precast products and materials acceptance stamps/certificationsIdentifies location problems in the fieldRecommends corrective actions
Identifies product defects prior to installation. Documents acceptance criteria and initiates payment.Recommends changes to the location of precast units to accommodate conflicts in the field
Recommends acceptance or rejection of precast units
Post TensioningRecognizes tendons and strand used in post tensioning. Measures dead end losses. Recognizes the safety hazards associated with post tensioning. Recognizes precast products and materials acceptance stamps/certificationsChecks Verifies and documents strand condition, takes samples, if necessary, and strand, documents certification of post-tensioning and grouting equipment (jack)Reviews working drawings for contract compliance load and measures elongation. Verifies certifications for equipmentRecommends corrective action or rejection of product or workmanship.
Inspects pre-tensioning preparations of duct placement, strand installation, anchors, and wedges.Comunicates with structures engineer for acceptance. Documents and calculates elongation for acceptance
Verifies post tensioning layout for approved stressing sequenceRecognizes implications of improper installations. of grout Reviews contract compliance for payment.
Documents and gets acceptance of stressing and gives approval to cut strand. Assists in monitoring tensioning sequence
Inspects Verifies grouting operations, prepares paynotes and initiates payment
DocumentationDescribes the basics of project documentationDocuments all contract compliance issues for acceptance and payment. Calculates quantities for paymentChecks calculations, survey, and approves paymentAuthorizes payment for all items related to a contract
Writes project diaries including comentary and discussions with contractors.Compiles documentation to support contract changes. Writes correspondence to contractors for contract issues.Prepares changes to the contract documents and recommend approval
Documents contract compliance for acceptance and payment of all contract work and materials. acceptance of precast units
Records measurements for payments
* SurveyAssists with surveying, as needed.Instrument person, lead chainman, set scribes, tacks, or intricate and control points.Assign survey tasks, review survey documentation, ensure contract compliance for survey needs and communication.Approve changes, ensure contractor obligations and needs are fulfilled.
Write information on stakes as directedDocument procedures, verify elevations of girders, floor beams, and struts, set grades

* If survey tasks or requirements pertaining to structures, are not addressed are not addressed in Survey Matrix, add here, or create new discipline in Survey Matrix called something like "Structures"
 

PCC Pavement Field Inspection

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Surface PreparationAssists in performing surface inspectionsInspects surface for proper preparation in accordance with contract documentsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to surface preparation acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Concrete DeliveryAssists in inspections of delivery vehicles to make sure they are in good working conditionInspects trucks to assure that all gauges, meters, etc. are in working orderRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection and field test resultsDetermines contract decisions related to concrete delivery acceptance and payment
Checks for worn parts that could affect mix qualityDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Collects load tickets
Verifies correct mix was shipped
Performs field tests, as required
Paving MachineAssists in inspecting paving machine to determine that it is in good working conditionInspects paving machine to make sure it is in good working conditionRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to paving machine acceptance and payment.
Checks to ensure that the machine is set up correctly to place concrete at the specified thickness, profile and finish.Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Laydown (placement)/ ConsolidationAssists in performing inspections of laydown/consolidation of materials in accordance with job specific requirementsInspects laydown/consolidation of materials to meet job specific requirementsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of jobsite measurementsDetermines contract decisions related to placement and consolidation acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actions
Steel PlacementAssists in performing inspections of steel and placementInspects placement of steel to meet job specific requirementsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual and jobsite inspection of steel placementDetermines contract decisions related to steel placement acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
SmoothnessRecognizes the factors that control smoothness and how equipment is used to measure smoothnessInterprets printouts of smoothness readingsRecommends corrective action based on visual inspection and results of smoothness tests actionsDetermines contract decisions relating to smoothness acceptance and payment.
Assists in laying out roadway sections to be measured for smoothnessCalculates pay factors for incentive/disincentive where appropriateDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
Dowels/JointsAssists in performing inspections of dowel placement and joints to meet job specific requirementsPerforms inspection of dowel placement and joints to meet job specific requirementsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspectionDetermines contract decisions related to dowel placement and joints acceptance and payment.
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
DocumentationSelects correct forms to be used in documenting inspectionsCompletes inspection reportsDocuments acceptance or corrective action based on a review of test results, inspection reports and visual observationsInterprets data
Documents field tests and resultsRecommends corrective action on a program basis to managers
Documents equipment inspectionEnters data into summary or statistical program
Performs basic mathematical calculations and report out results

 

Asphaltic Concrete Pavement Field Inspection Matrix

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Surface PreparationAssists in performing surface inspectionsInspects surface for proper preparation in accordance with contract documentsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to surface preparation acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
HaulingAssists in performing inspections of hauling vehiclesInspects trucks for proper loading and protection of Hot Mix Asphalt materialRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on inspection resultsDetermines contract decisions related to hauling vehicle acceptance and payment
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
LaydownAssists in performing inspections related to laydown of HMAInspects laydown of material to meet job specific requirementsRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of jobsite testsDetermines contract decisions related to HMA laydown acceptance and payment.
Documents and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
CompactionDescribes basic compaction principles and roller patternsDetermines adherence to roller operation and roller planRecommends acceptance or corrective action based on visual inspection and results of jobsite testsDetermines contract decisions related to laydown and compaction acceptance and payment.
Identifies types of compaction equipment and how they are being usedDocuments and follows up on corrective actionsRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
SmoothnessRecognizes the factors that control smoothness and how equipment is used to measure smoothnessInterprets printouts of smoothness readingsRecommends corrective action based on visual inspection and results of smoothness testsDetermines contract decisions relating to smoothness acceptance and payment.
Assists in laying out roadway sections to be measured for smoothnessCalculates pay factors for incentive/disincentive where appropriateRecommends disciplinary action when corrective measures are not taken in a reasonable time frame
DocumentationSelects correct inspection forms to be used for different layers and types of HMAPerforms basic mathematical calculationsDocuments acceptance or corrective action based on a review of inspection reports, measurements and test resultsEnters data into summary reports or statistical programs.
Reports out inspection and field test resultsInterprets data
Recommends corrective action on a program basis to managers

 

Asphalt Recycling

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Inspection Examines and verifies representative processes during production operationsDetermines specification compliance or corrective action required based
on individual and cumulative inspections and measurements
Enters data into summary or statistical program
Performs field inspections and measurements of equipment as requiredMonitors corrective action taken and resultsInterprets results
Identifies equipment and specification references used to inspect and verify field processesRecommends corrective action on a program basis to managers
Explains proper field processes (surface prep, mixing, laydown, compaction and smoothness), inspection and verification techniques
Reports out inspection results
Documentation Completes and submits inspection reportsDocuments specification compliance or corrective action requiredEnters data into summary or statistical program
Performs basic mathematical calculationsDocuments corrective action taken and resultsInterprets data
Recommends corrective action on a program basis to managers

 

Landscaping

 

DisciplinesCompetencies by Skill Levels
Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IV
Horticultural PracticesExplains plant growth and planting methodsInspects, and records plant types, topsoil characteristics, soil amendments, pruning, staking and guying proceduresReviews inspection records and resultsApproves or rejects results of the inspection and review of plant types, topsoil, amendments, pruning, staking and guying procedures, nursery landscaping inspection, plant diseases and pests and landscaping establishment
Reads planting plansInspects and determines plant diseases and pestsRecommends acceptance or rejection of plant types, topsoil, amendments, pruning, staking and guying procedures, nursery plant inspections, landscaping diseases and pests, and landscaping establishmentDistinguishes plant diseases and pests
Describes pruning, staking and guying proceduresInspects and records landscaping establishmentApplies native plant laws and xeriscape principles
Describes pruning, staking and guying proceduresDefines and applies highway planting methodsConducts nursery plant inspection
Explains landscaping establishment
SeedingExplains soil preparation, tillage, mulch, tackifiers and crimpingCalculates application ratesReviews inspection records and recommends acceptance or rejection of application rates, seeds, soil preparation, tillage, mulch, tackifiers and crimping methodsAccepts or rejects application rates, seeds, soil preparation, tillage, mulch, tackifiers and crimping methods
Describes hydro-seeding, broadcast and drilling methodsRecognizes types of seeds
Describes the 3 classes of seedingDifferentiates characteristics of pure live seed
Inspects and documents seeds/pure live seeds
Summarizes batch mixing
Inspects and documents soil preparation, tillage, mulch, tackifiers and crimping methods
Recognizes critical noxious weedsReviews noxious weed certificationsDetermines establishment as a percentage of origninal vegitation 
Irrigation SystemsIdentifies controllers, pipe, filters, flow monitor, pressure regulator, emitters, sprinklers, valves, backflow preventerInspects controllers, pipe, filters, flow monitor, pressure regulator, emitters, sprinklers, valves and backflow preventersRecommends acceptance or rejection of water sources, layout, backflow prevention and equipment including controllers, filters emitters, sprinklers, flow monitors, pressure regulators, and valves (master, remote control, pressure release, isolation, checkAccepts or rejects water sources, layout, backflow prevention and equipment including controllers, filters emitters, sprinklers, flow monitors, pressure regulators, and valves
Describes the function of each componentDocuments the function, condition, type of pipe and correct pipe joint methods
Identifies the water sourceInspects and documents the water source
Observes and documents irrigation testing
Landscape IncidentalsExplains landscape plans and layoutsInspects and documents the application of herbicides and pesticidesReviews and accepts or rejects documentation of the application of herbicides and pesticides and landscape design principlesAccepts or rejects the application of herbicides and pesticides, plating and graphics and landscape design principles
Identifies the application of herbicides and pesticidesConfirms and records the layout of graphics and inert materials as well as grade preparation, sampling, color acceptance, landscape graphics and measurement
Explains grade preparation, sampling, landscape graphics, color acceptance and measurement