Construction Inspection for Tribes and
Tribal Organizations

The inspection is the most important construction control mechanism. It helps ensure that a project is completed with precision and within budget. For every inspection, dozens of considerations must be addressed. What methods are used to maximize quality assurance, from project start to completion? How can you be sure that work is done correctly when constructing a school, casino or housing project? Do the materials and services meet your quality expectations? Are substandard procedures or unnecessary change orders being used to inflate costs beyond the original projections — to overcharge you?

This class covers it all. You’ll get a detailed look at the construction process and valuable insight into what to look for, what questions to ask and simple methods for detecting mismanagement or fraud. It will equip monitoring officials with the skills necessary to effectively control construction progress and expenditures. If you’re involved in ensuring safety or want to save time and money in the construction of housing, commercial projects, sanitation projects, roads, schools, casinos or other projects, this class is a must.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
  • Inspection as a monitoring tool
  • Inspector’s role
  • What to look for and how to inspect
Introduction to Construction Inspection
  • Regulations that typically apply
  • Specific local ordinances
  • Covenants and deed restrictions
  • What you need to bring for the building permit application
  • What happens to the construction/architectural plans?
  • When inspections are required
  • Inspection timing checklist
  • General guidelines for inspectors
  • Items to consider
Pre-Construction Phase
  • Structure type(s)
  • Determining roles and responsibilities
  • Site selection and conditions
  • Selecting a general contractor or project manager
  • Selecting the A&E firm
  • Uncovering potential conflicts of interest
  • Permitting, bonding and subcontractors
  • Required Permits
Structures Part I — Start-Up to Under Roof
  • Surveying
  • Site preparation, excavation and grading
  • Footings and foundations
  • Concrete
  • Utilities — water, sewer, gas, electric
  • Rough carpentry
  • Moisture protection, waterproofing, insulation and caulking
  • Exterior walls and roofing
Structures Part II — Interior and Exterior Completion
  • Mechanical systems — plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Electrical systems
  • Doors, windows and glass
  • Interior completion
  • Finishes
  • Exterior completion
  • Masonry
  • Driveways and parking — asphalt, concrete and stone
  • Landscaping
  • Punch-out
  • Final inspections before use and occupancy
Roadways and Other Specialized Construction
  • Comparing and contrasting roadway and structure construction

*Topics subject to change.

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