In our view a Test Risk Management strategy should be considered and adopted by all involved at the inception of a project and this strategy then implemented from start to finish of the design and construction process. This risk management process should begin in the early stages of design and include strategies for ensuring optimal attention to sound insulation requirements during design, design change and construction especially where work is being carried out on existing building stock and / or where non-standard details are being developed and used.
The essential elements of this strategy are shown below – and more details for each element can be found in the “CSPA Test Risk Management” (download).
- Client and Project Team at Project Inception – All involved need to recognise that test failure could be a major problem and take steps to implement a Test Risk Management process from design through to completion and testing.
- Consider What Could Go Wrong – And recognise that briefing, concept designs, detailed designs, construction and workmanship issues could all affect outcomes. There will be a need therefore to consider the implications of a whole range of risk related issues and to agree with the Client and Project Team how each risk will be identified, assessed, minimised and managed, and by whom, for each project.
- Implement a Test Risk Management Strategy during Construction – Including planning for stringent checks on developing and finalised designs (especially where details vary from Example Constructions); developing a remedial construction strategy to be incorporated into designs (for use in the event of test failure) and agreeing on-site checking procedures at an early stage.
- Consider critical design issues – Especially important at early design stages before ‘problems’ are built into agreed ‘solutions’.
- Before Construction Work Commences – Arranging for tool-box talks and critical stage inspections and procedures to ensure that design / specification changes do not adversely affect sound insulation / performance.
- Making Early Arrangements for Testing – to ensure that testers are available when required:
- Provide Contractor with Testing Checklist – so that all that has to be completed is complete before testers arrive on site.
- In the Event of Test Failure(s) – it will be necessary to try to establish the cause(s) of failure(s); consider the extent of the problem(s) and how much remedial action is required and then carry out remedial work and arrange for retesting