A $429-million highway job in Ohio to bypass the southern city of Portsmouth and speed driving time between Cincinnati and Columbus by late 2018 is the state’s largest road project and its first as a public-private partnership. Although the P3 approach is expediting completion of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway/State Route 823 project, participants say, construction quality assurance requirements are far from easy.
The Dragados-led project team decided that no off-the-shelf software could handle the project data and reporting requirements of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. It hired quality oversight consultant CH2M to custom-develop the Construction Quality Records System (CQRS), a tool for use with CH2M’s existing CH2Mobile data collection system to document and track how observed work conforms to contract requirements, says Bryan Parsell, the firm’s construction services project manager.