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    Minnesota's Quality Management Program “A Process for Continuous Improvement”

    Published: 01 January 1996

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    Minnesota's Quality Management Program began in 1986 when the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) formed a partnership to develop a process for improving the quality of asphalt pavements within the state. A Quality Management Task Force was formed with members representing Mn/DOT Construction and Materials, Counties, Cities, Consultants, FHWA, Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Contractors and a Consultant hired as a technical advisor. The Task Force was charged with the goal to “Develop and Implement a Quality Management Program to Assure Construction of Quality Asphalt Pavements”. This was the beginning of a continuous evolution which has and will continue to guide the production and placement of HMA Mixtures.

    Today the key components of the program are: 1. Volumetric Quality Control(QC), Quality Assurance (QA) and Independent Assurance Sampling and Testing (IAST) 2. Technical Certification 3. Plant Certification 4. Incentives/ Disincentives 5. Program Evaluation through Data Analysis 6. An Issue Resolution Policy


    quality control (QC), quality assurance (QA), independent assurance sampling and testing (IAST), certification, incentives, technical training, volumetric control, asphalt testing

    Author Information:

    Wegman, DE
    Demand Creation Area Leader, Koch Materials Co., St. Paul, Mn

    Committee/Subcommittee: D04.95

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16303S