The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 70 (1992) > Issues > Issue 13 > QA and Consulting Engineering
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QA and Consulting Engineering

The question posed in The Structural Engineer recently, asking what benefit can be derived from QA and how, confirms our opinion that much of the writing on the subject has confused rather than clarified the issue. The principal source of confusion is the use of the various quality terms, such as QA and quality management (QM), in an apparently interchangeable way. Before we can discuss the benefits (or otherwise) of QA for consulting engineers, we must define our terms - what do the various ‘Q thingies’ mean anyway? N.J. Prescott and P.J. Francis