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AISC Certification Program Requirements for

Fabricators of Hydraulic Steel Structures


This document provides the Program Rules and Regulations which collectively comprise the
Requirements that govern the AISC Certification Program for Hydraulic Steel Structures for
Fabricators referred to as the Program. All applicants and Participants, hereinafter referred to as
Participant are required to comply with and have available all these Requirements. This
program uses the AISC Certification Program for Steel Bridge Fabricators - Standard for Steel
Bridges - 2011 (Standard) as a normative document.

PROGRAM RULES

RU1 Program Rules are included in the site audit scope and a nonconformance would
result in a Corrective Action Request being issued by the auditor.

RU2 An approved application, full payment of fees, documentation audit and site audit are
mandatory.

RU3 To ensure that the site audit maintains impartiality and avoid any conflicts of interest,
Participants may not have used the auditor assigned to them as a consultant in the
two years prior to the audit date nor may the auditor have been an employee or
contracted by the Participant within the previous five years. If either conflict of
interest exists with the assigned auditor, the Participant is obligated to notify AISC
Certification within 5 business days of receiving their auditor assignment, and the
audit will be reassigned to a different auditor at no expense to the Participant. If
notification is not received within this time frame, the audit reassignment will be at the
Participant’s expense.

RU4 Key certification variables include facility information and contact information. Failure
to provide timely notification of changes to key certification variables may result in a
cancelled or incomplete site audit or suspension of certification. Therefore the
Participant is required, within 30 days of the change, to complete the Key Variables
Change form on the AISC website to inform AISC of changes to any of the following:

Facility: Company name, physical address of facility, mailing address, and ownership

Contacts: The names, telephone, and email of the following designated individuals
○ Principal Officer
○ Marketing Representative
○ Certification Contact
○ Accounts Payable

While positions identified above may be combined, a minimum of three separate


email contacts for a Participant is required.

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RU5 All documents required for the certification program application and review process
are to be submitted by the Participant in English.

RU6 Section/Element 3 of the Standard is clarified and modified by the following:


 All references must be in English

Current editions of the following references are required: (note: other editions may
also be required by existing Participant contracts)
 AISC 303 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges
 ANSI/AISC 360 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings
 RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High Strength Bolts
 AISC Selected ASTM Standards for Structural Steel Fabricators, or equivalent
 AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding Code
 SSPC-PA 1 Shop, Field, and Maintenance Coating of Metals
 SSPC-PA-2 Paint Application Standard No. 2

Provisions of Section/Element 3 not modified above remain in effect.

RU7 All Participants shall be held to these Requirements and to Section/Element 3


through 19 and Supplemental Requirements F5.6.2.1 through F15.2 for Fracture
Critical (FC) Members of the AISC Certification Program for Steel Bridge Fabricators -
Standard for Steel Bridges - 2011 (Standard). When using the Standard the words
“steel bridge” are to be replaced with “hydraulic steel structures”.

RU8 The Participant will be audited and evaluated to ensure compliance with the current
AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding Code regardless if this is required by the
sampled contracts and specifications.

RU9 All personnel involved in the quality management system may be either employees of
the Participant or contracted by the Participant. In the case of the latter, contract
status and qualifications must be demonstrable.

RU10 Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) may be an employee of the Participant or


contracted by the Participant. In the case of the latter, contract status and
qualifications of the CWI must be demonstrable.

RU11 The Participant must demonstrate that its Quality Control Inspector(s) (QCI) are
qualified per current ANSI/AISC 360 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings
Section N4. These qualifications must be stated by the participant in its quality
management system including experience and training requirements.

RU12 Participant must demonstrate capability to produce hydraulic steel structures. If the
participant has not produced hydraulic steel structure work, within the past three
years then their capability shall be demonstrated by Mock Exercises.

RU13 The Participant must develop, document and implement an effective Fracture Control
Plan. The plan must outline responsibilities and methods employed in the facility to
meet requirements of AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding Code, Clause 12.

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RU14 Participant must demonstrate capability to produce work that meets the requirements
of Clause 12, AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding Code. If the participant has
not produced Fracture Critical (FC) work, within the past three years then their
capability shall be demonstrated by running a job or a portion of a job as if it met FC
requirements in accordance with the Fracture Critical Mock Exercises.

RU15 Participant shall demonstrate that training has been performed annually for the
requirements of their Fracture Control Plan and the requirements of Clause 12,
AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding Code. This training must be documented
and available during the facility audit.

RU16 At least one Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) and supporting Procedure
Qualification Record (PQR) and one Welding Performance Qualification Record
(WPQR) must be maintained current and qualified with records of period of
effectiveness as required by Clause 12, AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 Bridge Welding
Code for FC work and available for review during each facility audit.

RU17 Participants must perform a bolting method demonstration at each Initial Certification
(INIT) and Full Certification Renewal (CCRF) site audit. The demonstration shall
comply with the current RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High Strength
Bolts Pre-Installation Verification.

A procedure for Rotational Capacity Testing is not required as listed in Standard


Section/Element 12.2.

RU18 A quality manual, documented procedures and records as described in the Standard
Section/Element 5.6.2 shall be submitted for review with all initial certification (INIT),
and made available upon request.

RU19 Prior to the site audit, the Participant must complete an internal audit and internal
audit report in accordance with the Standard Section/Element 19 and it must include
any endorsements. The Participant must have performed its management review
prior to the site audit. Records of the internal audit and management review must
include evidence of when these activities took place, the person(s) performing the
audit/review and evidence that all provisions of the Standard and Requirements were
audited with the results. The Participant may perform a single audit or perform
several audits throughout the year, as long as, all provisions of the Standard and
Requirements are audited. It is preferred to use other personnel to perform the
internal audit so that independence from the function being audited can be
maintained.

RU20 Observers may be present during the site audit but shall not participate in or influence
the audit process or the outcome of the audit, as determined by the auditor.

RU21 Interpreters must be provided by the Participant for the auditor’s communication
during the site audit, as necessary. Interpreters must be knowledgeable of the
appropriate industry terminology.

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RU22 Participants are eligible to apply for the Sophisticated Painting Endorsement.

RU23 Falsification of records or attempts to influence the auditor or the certification process
in any manner by employees or other representatives of the Participant deemed to be
a fraud or attempted fraud on the certification process is not permitted. If this occurs
at any time during the application or renewal process prior to a final determination by
the Certification Review Group (CRG), the certification process will be suspended
and the case referred to the CRG for determination. Any existing certifications
remain valid until the CRG has made its determination.

PROGRAM REGULATIONS

RG1 Purpose of the AISC Certification Program for Hydraulic Steel Structures is to confirm
to owners, the design community, the construction industry and the public that a
certified hydraulic steel structures fabrication facility has the personnel, organization,
experience, documented procedures, knowledge, equipment and commitment to
produce fabricated steel of the quality required for hydraulic steel structures.

RG2 This certification offers assistance to the hydraulic structures professionals, owners,
general contractors, and other interested parties in assessing a fabricator’s capability
to satisfy project quality needs.

RG3 The Quality Management System of the fabrication facilities (not products) is certified.
The certification should not be understood as a product inspection of fabricated steel.
Certification includes all functions of fabrication from receipt of contract through final
delivery. The scope of this certification does not include design or installation.

RG4 This Program is applicable to the following types of hydraulic steel structures: Lock
gates (miter gates, vertical-lift gates, sector gates, roller gates and submersible
tainter gates), spillway gates, bulkheads, needle beams, lock culvert valves, and stop
logs used in navigation, flood control or hydropower projects and similar structures.

RG5 Participants will at all times abide by the AISC Progressive Action Policy for
Certification Complaints and Allegations (Complaint Policy) and the AISC Appeal
Policy for Certification Determination (Appeal Policy)

RG6 Certifications will be issued as Certified Hydraulic Steel Structures Fabricator. The
Certificate contains the following information:
○ Name of the company holding the certification
○ Address of the certified facility which is the address where the site
audit occurs
○ Listing of the certifications held
○ Year and Month the certification expires
○ Signature of AISC officer
○ Unique identification number

Certificates are non-transferable and only one facility address will be listed on a

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certificate.

RG7 AISC will make information concerning certification status publically available on its
website. The information disclosed is company name, location, contact name, email
and phone number, certifications held and status of certification.

RG8 A Certification Cycle consists of the following phases:


○ Initial Certification (INIT) or a Full Certification Renewal (CCRF)
○ First Continued Certification Renewal (CCR1)
○ Second Continued Certification Renewal (CCR2)

RG9 Whenever there is a conflict between the Requirements and the Standard, the
Requirements govern.

RG10 AISC assigns the date for all site audits. The Participant will be notified of the audit
date via email. If at any point after the assignment, the Participant requests an audit
date change, a rescheduling fee will be charged per the fee schedule. Site audits
must be completed a minimum of 45 days prior the expiration of the Participant’s
certificate.

RG11 All correspondence, discussions and interviews will be conducted directly with or in
the presence of the Participant’s designated representative (normally the
management representative or certification contact) Consultants may not be present
during the site audit nor can they be named as a designated representative.
Consultants include those who have participated in the establishment and
implementation of the quality management system through activities such as
preparing/producing manuals and procedures or who give specific advice, instruction
or solutions towards development and implementation of the quality management
system.

RG12 After each site audit is completed and any Corrective Action Request evidence has
been reviewed, the results will be forwarded to AISC’s Certification Review Group
(CRG). The CRG will also be provided with the prior three year certification history
and audit findings, and any complaints or allegations that have been received by
AISC, to review as part of the basis for determining certification.

RG13 AISC reserves the right to deny/withdraw certification to a Participant that fails to
provide objective evidence of the ability to satisfy the requirements described in the
AISC Certification Program for Fabricators of Hydraulic Steel Structures and/or its
endorsements.

RG14 AISC may choose to grant certification for less than one year if it is determined
through the CRG evaluation that an additional site audit is needed to provide
evidence of an effective quality management system. When this occurs, any
associated costs will be assessed according to the current fee schedule for the
additional site audit. AISC also reserves the right to conduct short-notice or

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unannounced audits, if required.

RG15 Participants that have their certification withdrawn/denied may appeal the decision
using the AISC Appeal Policy. Certification fees will not be refunded. The Participant
may reapply for certification six months from the date of the initial decision
withdrawing or denying certification.

RG16 Participants that hold a current valid certificate are eligible to use and display the
Certified Fabricator logo.

RG17 Participants are eligible to apply for other AISC certification programs and
endorsements along with the Certified Hydraulic Steel Structures Fabricator program.
Multiple fabricator certification programs and endorsements are included on a single
certificate.

RG18 Changes to the certification scope require additional submittals, audits and fees. All
scope changes shall be submitted to AISC for review and determination applicable
requirements.

RG19 The current fee schedule is posted on the AISC website and is subject to change.

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Supplemental Program Requirements for
Fabricators of Hydraulic Steel Structures (HYD)
Scope

This document (hereinafter referred to as Supplements) provides the additional requirements for the AISC
Certification Program for Fabricators Hydraulic Steel Structures (HYD) (hereinafter referred to as the Program).

Purpose

Purpose of this Program is to confirm to owners, the design community, the construction industry, and the
public that a certified hydraulic steel structures fabrication facility has the personnel, organization, experience,
documented procedures, knowledge, equipment, and commitment to produce fabricated steel of the quality
required for hydraulic steel structures. This Program is applicable to the following types of hydraulic steel
structures: lock gates (miter gates, vertical-lift gates, sector gates, roller gates, and submersible tainter gates),
spillway gates, bulkheads, needle beams, lock culvert valves, and stop logs used in navigation, flood control,
or hydropower projects and similar structures.

This certification offers assistance to the hydraulic structures professionals, owners, general contractors, and
other interested parties in assessing a fabricator’s capability to satisfy project quality needs.The Quality
Management System (QMS) of the fabrication facilities (not products) is certified. The certification should not
be understood as a product inspection of fabricated steel. Certification includes all functions of fabrication from
receipt of contract through final delivery. The scope of this certification does not include design or installation.

Section 1 Before the Site Audit

HD1.1 All Participants/Applicants are required to have available and comply with these Supplements
and the Program Requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certifications
(hereinafter referred to as Requirements).

HD1.2 The AISC Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal
Components—2016 (hereinafter referred to as Standard) is the primary normative document for
all Certification Programs. Whenever there is a conflict between the Supplements and the
Standard, the Supplements govern.

HD1.3 All Participants/Applicants shall be held to these Supplements and to Chapter 1 Sections 3
through 19, Chapter 4 Sections 4.5 through 4.7.8, and Chapter 4.F Sections 4.F.5 through
4.F.15.2 of the Standard. When using the Standard, the words “steel bridge” are to be replaced
with “hydraulic steel structures.”

Standard Chapter 1 (General Requirements) and Chapter 4 (Bridge Fabricator Requirements)


apply to this Program. Standard Chapters 4.I and 4.A are excluded.

HD1.4 Participants/Applicants are eligible to apply for the Sophisticated Painting Endorsement (SPE).
For information and requirements concerning this endorsement, refer to the Requirements

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Section 2, “Applying for Certification,” or Section 8, “Making Changes to the Certification Scope,”
and the AISC Supplemental Program Requirements for Applicators of Complex Coatings
Endorsement.

HD1.5 Applicants to this Program must submit an application, payment, and all documents required by
the Application Document Submittal for AISC Certification—Fabricators and Manufacturers.

Section 2 During the Site Audit

HD2.1 The QMS that this Program applies to will be audited. Sample jobs/contracts of hydraulic steel
structure work will be used to demonstrate capability to meet the Program regardless of whether
the job/contract requires an AISC-certified fabricator.

HD2.2 Participants/Applicants are required to have work in the shop at the time of the site audit that can
be used to demonstrate compliance with the provisions of the Program. This work must be
hydraulic steel structure work. If it is known or suspected that there will not be this type of work
in shop at the time of the site audit, AISC Certification must be contacted at least 30 days prior
to the site audit to discuss alternate arrangements.

Solutions may include the performance of mock exercises or using other work of equal
complexity that follows the quality management system practices to demonstrate capability.
Failure to have adequate work in the shop during the site audit could result in an Additional Site
Audit fee being required or in a Rescheduled Site Audit fee.

HD2.3 Standard Section 1.3 is clarified and modified by the following:


● All references must be in English.

Current editions of the following references are required. (Note: Other editions may also be
required by existing participant contracts.)
● AISC 303, Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges
● ANSI/AISC 360, Specification for Structural Steel Buildings
● RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High Strength Bolts
● AISC Selected ASTM Standards for Structural Steel Fabricators, or equivalent
● AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5, Bridge Welding Code
● SSPC-PA 1, Shop, Field, and Maintenance Coating of Metals
● SSPC-PA-2, Paint Application Standard No. 2

Provisions of Standard Section 1.3 not modified above remain in effect.

HD2.4 The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) may be an employee of the Participants/Applicants or
contracted. In the case of the latter, contract status and qualifications of the CWI must be
demonstrable. The CWI must be available during the site audit.

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HD2.5 Participants/Applicants must demonstrate that their Quality Control Inspector(s) (QCI) is qualified
per the current ANSI/AISC 360, Specification for Structural Steel Buildings Section N4. These
qualifications must be stated by the Participant/Applicant in its quality management system,
including experience and training requirements.

HD2.6 Bolt test method demonstrations will be required of participants at every Initial Certification (INIT)
and Full Certification Renewal (RF) site audit. The demonstrations shall comply with the current
RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High Strength Bolts Section 7, “Pre-Installation
Verification.”

A procedure for Rotational Capacity Testing is not required as listed in Standard Section 4.12.2.

HD2.7 Participants/Applicants will be audited and evaluated to ensure compliance with the current AWS
D1.5M/D1.5, Structural Welding Code—Steel, regardless of whether this is required by the
sampled contracts and specifications.

HD2.8 Participants/Applicants shall maintain the following documents in compliance with


AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5, Bridge Welding Code, and have them available for review during
each site audit:
1. One representative Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
2. Supporting Procedure Qualification Record (PQR), when required
3. Welder Performance Qualification Record (WPQR) maintained current and qualified with
records of period of effectiveness

HD2.9 Participants/Applicants must develop, document and implement an effective Fracture Control
Plan. The plan must outline responsibilities and methods employed in the facility to meet
requirements of Clause 12, AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5, Bridge Welding Code.

HD2.10 Participants/Applicants must demonstrate capability to produce work that meets the
requirements of Clause 12, AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5, Bridge Welding Code. If the Participant
has not produced Fracture Critical (FC) work within the past three years, then its capability shall
be demonstrated by running a job or a portion of a job as if it met FC requirements in
accordance with the Fracture Critical Mock Exercises.

HD2.11 Participants/Applicants shall demonstrate that training has been performed at least annually for
the requirements of their Fracture Control Plan and the requirements of Clause 12,
AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5, Bridge Welding Code. This training must be documented and
available during the site audit.

COMMENTARY Provided for clarification of criteria in the Standard and includes reference to the
appropriate section(s) of the Standard.

C1 1.6 Contract Review This section requires a “documented procedure” for contract review.
As a part of this review, there will be required sign-offs, checksheet completion, or other
means of determining that the bid offered is meeting the contract and that any special

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considerations found in the contract documents have been considered and planned for.
During the audit, the auditor will be looking for evidence in the form of records of the
outcome of the contract review process.

C2 1.10.3 Receipt inspection The term “receiving inspection” is not used in the Standard. It has
1.13 been replaced by 1.10.3 where “verification of purchased product, materials and
services” is used. This verification or inspection can be performed as part of the
purchasing or inspection procedure depending on how the company is structured.
Section 1.13.2 does mention that “materials shall be inspected before work begins,”
which is indicative of an inspection of materials, but if it is done as part of the in-process
inspection and a defect is found requiring replacement of the material, then the delay
could have a greater impact on the project than if the inspection is performed at or near
receipt of material.

C3 1.12 Process Control This section requires “documented procedure(s)” for those fabrication
and erection processes that affect quality. A list of minimum required procedures is
provided, but what are the procedures that affect quality? The answer to this question is
found in the Glossary of the Standard by referring to the definition of Fabrication and
Erection.

C4 1.13 Inspection Sampling Section 1.13 requires “documented procedure” to ensure that the
completed work meets contract documents.

C5 1.10.2 Subcontracted Fabrication/Erection When a Certified company needs to subcontract


fabrication/erection, the criteria of 1.10.2 require subcontractors to be evaluated on their
ability to meet requirements of approved construction documents. If the approved
construction documents require a Certified Fabricator/Erector, then the subcontractor
needs to meet the requirement. When an approved construction document is not met or
needs to be changed/deviated from, 1.8.2 for control of construction documents is
followed for requesting changes and approval.

C6 1.14 Calibration or Adjustment History These types of quality records provide evidence
that the calibration was performed and traceable to a national or international standard,
to identification of the equipment that was calibrated, to who performed the calibration,
to the date of the calibration, and to the date the calibration expires or the next
calibration is due. The calibration record would also provide evidence of any
adjustments that were performed during the calibration process.

C7 Quality Control Records This term is used throughout the Standard to identify this type
of record. These records are controlled by referring to Standard Section 1.9.

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AISC 205-11

AISC Certification Program for


Steel Bridge Fabricators

Standard for Steel Bridges—2011

June 21, 2011

Approved by the AISC Certification Committee

American Institute of Steel Construction


One East Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, Illinois 60601-1802
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AISC © 2011

by

American Institute of Steel Construction

All rights reserved. This book or any part thereof


must not be reproduced in any form without the
written permission of the publisher.

The AISC logo is a registered trademark of AISC.

The information presented in this publication has been prepared in accordance with recognized quality principles and is for
general information only. While it is believed to be accurate, this information should not be used or relied upon for any specific
application without competent professional examination and verification of its accuracy, suitability and applicability by a com-
petent person. The publication of the material contained herein is not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of the
American Institute of Steel Construction or of any other person named herein, that this information is suitable for any general
or particular use or of freedom from infringement of any patent or patents. Anyone making use of this information assumes all
liability arising from such use.

Caution must be exercised when relying upon other standards and guidelines developed by other bodies and incorporated by
reference herein since such material may be modified or amended from time to time subsequent to the printing of this edition.
The Institute bears no responsibility for such material other than to refer to it and incorporate it by reference at the time of the
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This Standard was approved by the Certification Committee:

Jeffrey E. Dave, Chairman Paul C. Palmes


Henry B. Brummel Terry Peshia
Theodore L. Droessler Homer R. Peterson, II
Heather Gilmer Alan T. Sheppard
Charles Johnson Louis N. Triandafilou
Keith Landwehr Thomas M. Vossmeyer
Clayton Larson Keith A. Grubb, Secretary

The Committee gratefully acknowledges the following task committee members for their contributions to this document:

Robert C. Bills Kent M. Nelson


Steve Fugate Dennis Noernberg
Heather Gilmer Russ Panico
Mary A. Grieco Jeffrey C. Smith
Fred A. Hlebichuk Louis N. Triandafilou
Dennis Nash William Via

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Purpose..............................................................................................................................................................................1
2. Program Scope and Fabricator Eligibility.....................................................................................................................1
3. References..........................................................................................................................................................................1
4. Definitions..........................................................................................................................................................................1
5. Management Responsibility............................................................................................................................................3
5.1. Quality Policy and Quality Goals........................................................................................................................3
5.2. Direction and Leadership.....................................................................................................................................4
5.3. Management Representative for Quality.............................................................................................................4
5.4. Resources.............................................................................................................................................................4
5.5. Internal Communication......................................................................................................................................5
5.6. Documentation Requirements..............................................................................................................................5
6. Contract and Project Specification Review and Communication................................................................................6
7. Detailing.............................................................................................................................................................................6
7.1. Detailing Procedures............................................................................................................................................6
7.2. Detailing Personnel..............................................................................................................................................7
8. Document and Data Control............................................................................................................................................8
8.1. Review and Approval...........................................................................................................................................8
8.2. Customer Requirements.......................................................................................................................................8
8.3. Revision Control..................................................................................................................................................8
8.4. Access..................................................................................................................................................................8
8.5. Obsolescence and Transmittal..............................................................................................................................9
9. Control of Quality Records..............................................................................................................................................9
9.1. Retention of Quality Records...............................................................................................................................9
9.2. Availability of Quality Records...........................................................................................................................9
10. Purchasing.........................................................................................................................................................................9
10.1. Purchasing Data...................................................................................................................................................9
10.2. Selection and Evaluation of Subcontractors and Suppliers...............................................................................10
10.3. Fabrication Subcontractors................................................................................................................................10
10.4. Detailing Subcontractors....................................................................................................................................10
10.5. Verification of Purchased Product, Materials, and Services..............................................................................10
11. Material Identification and Traceability......................................................................................................................10
11.1. Material Identification........................................................................................................................................10
11.2. Material Traceability..........................................................................................................................................11
12. Fabrication Process Control..........................................................................................................................................11
12.1. Welding..............................................................................................................................................................11
12.2. Bolt Installation..................................................................................................................................................11
12.3. Material Preparation for Application of Coatings..............................................................................................11
12.4. Coating Application...........................................................................................................................................11
12.5. Equipment Maintenance....................................................................................................................................11
13. Inspection and Testing....................................................................................................................................................11
13.1. Assignment of QC Inspections and Monitoring................................................................................................12
13.2. Inspection Procedure..........................................................................................................................................12
14. Calibration of Inspection, Measuring and Test Equipment.......................................................................................12
15. Control of Nonconformances.........................................................................................................................................13
15.1. Nonconformance with the Quality Management System..................................................................................13
15.2. Nonconforming Product.....................................................................................................................................13
16. Corrective Action............................................................................................................................................................13

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17. Handling, Storage and Delivery of Product and Materials........................................................................................14


18. Training...........................................................................................................................................................................14
19. Internal Audit..................................................................................................................................................................14

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS......................................................................................................................................15
I. Requirements for Fabricators of Intermediate Bridges.............................................................................................15
A. Requirements for Fabricators of Advanced Bridges...................................................................................................15
F. Requirements for Fabricators of Bridges with Fracture-Critical Members............................................................16

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1. Purpose I-shaped plate girder bridge with constant web depth (except
for dapped ends), with or without splices, either straight or
The purpose of the AISC Certification Program for Steel
with a radius over 500 ft; (3) a built-up I-shaped plate girder
Bridge Fabricators is to confirm to owners, the design com-
with variable web depth (e.g., haunched), either straight or
munity, the construction industry, and the public that a cer-
with a radius over 1000 ft; (4) a truss with a length of 200
tified steel bridge fabrication facility has the personnel,
ft or less that is entirely or substantially pre-assembled at
organization, experience, documented procedures, knowl-
the certified facility and shipped in no more than three sub-
edge, equipment, and commitment to produce fabricated
assemblies.
steel of the quality required for steel highway or railroad
Advanced bridges are those requiring an additional
bridge construction.
standard of care in fabrication and erection, particularly
2. Program Scope and Fabricator Eligibility with regard to geometric tolerances. Examples include
tub or trapezoidal box girders, closed box girders, large or
This Certification Standard for Steel Bridges offers assis- non-preassembled trusses, arches, bascule bridges, cable-
tance to steel bridge professionals, owners, general contrac- supported bridges, moveable bridges, and bridges with
tors, and other interested parties in assessing fabricators’ particularly tight curve radius.
capability to satisfy project quality needs. Specifiers of this
standard are encouraged to evaluate fabricator capability 3. References
independently, particularly with regard to project- or owner-
The fabricator shall have the reference documents and stan-
specific requirements.
dards necessary to make personnel aware of work require-
The standard describes requirements for certification of
ments. References shall be consistent with the requirements
facilities that fabricate and supply steel highway or railroad
of existing contracts and be readily available to those who
bridges. These facilities have quality management systems
need them.
with defined functions and responsibilities.
The quality management system of fabrication facili- 4. Definitions
ties (not products) is certified. The certification should not
be understood as a product inspection of fabricated steel The following terms are italicized where they appear for the
bridges. Certification includes all functions of providing first time in a section to alert the user that the term is defined
steel bridge fabrication from receipt of contract through in this section. Acronyms for professional organizations are
final delivery. The scope of this certification does not include not italicized in the text. As used in this standard, the words
design or erection. For bridge rehabilitation, the specifier is shall or will denote a mandatory requirement. The word
encouraged to consider on a project-specific basis the nature should denotes a guideline or recommendation. The word
of the items being fabricated to determine whether this cer- may denotes an opportunity to make a choice.
tification is appropriate. Likewise, for pedestrian bridges the AASHTO. The American Association of State Highway and
specifier is encouraged to consider the structure type and Transportation Officials.
loading to determine which is the most appropriate certifica-
tion for a particular project. AISC. American Institute of Steel Construction—the certify-
The scope of this certification does not extend to the ing body.
application of complex coating systems as defined in AISC ASNT. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
420/SSPC-QP 3 Certification Standard for Shop Application
of Complex Protective Coating Systems. ASTM. ASTM International.
The certification program is open to all fabricators of steel AWS. American Welding Society.
highway or railroad bridges, regardless of size and regard-
less of AISC membership status. C of C. Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Confor-
This standard, including its supplemental requirements, mance.
has three categories of certification: simple bridges, interme- Checker. A person in a detailing organization who, because
diate bridges, and advanced bridges. Fabricators producing of experience and ability, has advanced successfully to a
fracture-critical members, intermediate bridges, or advanced position of responsibility with the ability to perform the final
bridges shall be required to meet specific supplemental verification of shop drawings without direct supervision.
requirements.
Simple bridges consist of unspliced rolled sections. Checking (of shop drawings, digital manufacturing models,
Intermediate bridges are typical bridges that do not and erection framing drawings). A detailed review of all
require extraordinary measures. Typical examples might sketches and dimensions on shop drawings, digital manufac-
include: (1) a rolled beam bridge with field or shop splices, turing models, and erection framing drawings by a qualified
either straight or with a radius over 500 ft; (2) a built-up checker other than the original detailer.

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Contract Documents. The documents that define the respon- and shipping of the product (e.g., assembly, welding, drill-
sibilities of the parties that are involved in bidding, fabricat- ing, sawing, milling, and thermal and mechanical cutting).
ing and erecting steel bridges. These documents normally
Fabricator. The entity that is responsible for fabricating the
include the design drawings, the specifications and the con-
steel bridge. NOTE: The fabricator referenced in this docu-
tract.
ment is the entity being certified.
Corrective Action. The action or actions undertaken to iden-
Manufacturing Model. Digital sub-model of the Logical
tify and eliminate the root cause of a product or process non-
Product Model as defined in Appendix A of the AISC Code
conformance to prevent its recurrence. Corrective action is
of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges. The
not the repair or rework of identified nonconforming prod-
manufacturing model includes data represented in detailing
uct to meet specified requirements.
for fabrication.
Design Drawings. The graphic and pictorial portions of the
MTR. Material test report, manufacturer’s test report, or mill
contract documents showing the design, location and dimen-
test report, meeting the requirements of the “Test Reports”
sions of the work. These documents generally include plans,
section of ASTM A6.
elevations, sections, details, schedules, diagrams and notes.
Nonconformances. Attributes of materials, consumables,
Detailer. Person who performs the function of detailing.
fabricated product (in-process or final), or processes that do
Detailing. The function that produces shop drawings, digital not meet contract, regulatory, or fabricator-defined require-
manufacturing models, and erection framing drawings from ments.
contract documents.
NDT (NDE). Nondestructive Testing (Nondestructive Exam-
Documented Procedure. A procedure that is established, ination).
documented, implemented and maintained. The documenta-
Objective Evidence. Data supporting the existence or veri-
tion provides information about how to perform the activity
fication of something. In this context, it is evidence that the
or process consistently. Documentation can include written
quality management system is functioning properly. Objec-
instructions, drawings, diagrams, charts, specifications and
tive evidence can be obtained through:
references or excerpts of appropriate technical standards and
• Observation of the performance of a task or physical
codes. Documentation shall contain:
products.
• The purpose of the procedure.
• Measurements.
• Process definition that includes steps required for com-
• Tests.
pletion.
• Review of a record, documented procedure, or other doc-
• Assignment of responsibility for completion.
ument.
• Assignment of responsibility for review of the proce-
• The result of an interview with one or more employees
dure.
about their duties or performance of a task.
• Identification of records that are generated.
Owner. The entity or its authorized representative who has
Documented Training. Training in which there is a record of
authority to define or accept changes to contract require-
the course outline, a record of who attended, the date it was
ments and who is or represents the ultimate owner of the
given, and the instructor who provides the training.
finished/completed product.
Erection Framing Drawings. Field-installation or member
PQR. (Welding) procedure qualification record as defined by
placement drawings that are prepared by the fabricator to
AWS A3.0.
show the location and attachment of the individual shipping
pieces. Means and methods, safety procedures, and engi- Quality Assurance (QA). That part of quality management
neering calculations for erection are excluded from the fab- focused on providing confidence that quality requirements
ricator’s responsibilities for erection framing drawings. will be fulfilled. For the purposes of this program, quality
assurance is the planned system of documented procedures
Executive Management. The chief executive officer, presi-
and organizational requirements developed and implemented
dent, or other individuals with executive function and the
for the purpose of assuring compliance with the requirements
authority to assign resources. Executive management has
of the contract documents, providing confidence that quality
ultimate authority and responsibility in final decision mak-
goals are achieved, and measuring effectiveness of the qual-
ing for all aspects of the quality management system.
ity management system. QA encompasses such areas as com-
Fabrication. The process of preparation and assembly of pliance with project specification technical requirements,
individual parts into a shipping piece. Fabrication includes compliance with referenced standards, and achievement of
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customer service objectives. Specific functions included in Specifications. The portion of the contract documents that
QA are: consists of the written requirements for materials, standards
• Determination of quality criteria to meet, as a minimum, and workmanship.
the requirements of the contract documents.
SSPC. SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.
• Establishment of a plan to monitor quality, including
assignment of quality control (inspection), in order to Standard. The Certification Standard for Steel Bridges.
meet, as a minimum, the requirements of the contract
Subcontractor. A firm that performs a portion of the fabri-
documents.
cator’s contract work such as fabrication, detailing, coating
• Determination of acceptance criteria.
application, inspection or consulting services.
• Determination of QC personnel qualifications.
• Oversight of QC activities. Supplier. A firm that supplies materials (including but not
• Summarizing and reporting quality conformance mea- limited to mill materials, process supplies, welding consum-
sures to all levels of management. ables, coatings, fasteners and process machinery) and com-
• Oversight of corrective action process. pleted purchased product needed to fulfill the fabricator’s
contract requirements.
Some documents used in the steel bridge industry define
“QA” as the quality verification activities carried out by the Training. See Documented Training.
owner, but in this standard, QA refers to the fabricator’s
WPS. Welding procedure specification as defined by AWS
activities as described above.
A3.0.
Quality Control (QC). QC, for the purpose of this standard,
is the inspection of work, i.e., conformity evaluation and 5. Management Responsibility
judgment accompanied as appropriate by measuring, testing Management at all levels shall define and adopt a com-
or gauging. QC includes but is not limited to confirming that mitment to quality. Management shall direct and lead the
documented procedures are met; personnel performing the fabricator to assure continuous progress toward achieving
work are properly qualified; equipment is appropriate and in the objectives of the commitment. The fabricator’s quality
acceptable working order; and the proper materials are used assurance management is responsible for developing and
and are in compliance with inspection criteria. maintaining a quality management system to meet the spe-
Quality Manual. A document stating the quality policy and cific requirements of this standard, industry and government
describing the quality management system of the fabrica- regulations, and contract requirements.
tor’s organization.
5.1 Quality Policy and Quality Goals
Quality Management System. A system to establish policy,
Executive management shall adopt, document and main-
objectives, plans and resources to direct and control an orga-
tain a quality policy. The policy shall define:
nization with regard to quality.
• A commitment to quality, including a commitment to
Quality Record. A specific type of quality document that meet contract requirements.
provides objective evidence of activities performed or results • Quality management system objectives that provide
achieved. a framework for establishing and reviewing quality
goals of the fabricator’s organization.
RCSC. Research Council on Structural Connections.
Management at all levels shall ensure that the qual-
Repair. Action taken on a nonconforming product to make it
ity policy is understood, implemented, and maintained at
acceptable for the intended use.
appropriate levels of the fabricator’s organization.
Rework. Action taken on a nonconforming product to make Executive management shall direct the development
it conform to the requirements. of systems necessary and establish measurable quality
goals to achieve the objectives of the fabricator’s quality
RFI. Request for Information. A written request to the owner
policy. Executive management along with quality assur-
for information or clarification generated after award of the
ance management shall document and demonstrate that:
contract.
• There are measurable quality goals related to steel
Shipping Piece. Individual member for field erection carry- bridge fabrication.
ing a specific identification mark. • Specific measurements related to goals are being
recorded.
Shop Drawings. Drawings of the individual shipping pieces
• Current goal achievement levels are known relative to
that are to be produced in the fabrication shop.
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• As quality goals are achieved, new goals are set that • Ensure that documented procedures needed for the
demonstrate commitment to continual improvement. quality management system are established, imple-
New goals can be a new level of achievement for a mented and maintained in accordance with this stan-
previous goal, or a new goal that has not been previ- dard.
ously examined. • Report to executive management on the performance
of the quality management system and any need for
5.2 Direction and Leadership improvement.
Executive management and quality assurance manage- • Promote awareness of contract requirements through-
ment shall review the fabricator’s quality management out the fabricator’s organization.
system at planned intervals, but not less than annually. • Review the quality management system at defined
Records from management reviews shall be main- intervals sufficient to ensure the stability of the quality
tained. Management review requirements shall be defined management system and its relevance and effective-
by the fabricator and include a specific method to obtain, ness in satisfying this standard.
appropriately analyze, and then report the following: • Communicate with external parties on matters relating
• Results of internal, external and AISC audits. to the quality management system.
• Opportunities for improvement of product quality.
5.4 Resources
• Corrective action activity and resolution based on
internal and external findings. The fabricator shall have the resources needed to comply
• Need for changes to the quality management system. with contract documents.
• Customer feedback, for example; surveys, letters of
recognition, personal interviews, requests for rework 5.4.1 Personnel
and complaints. The qualification requirements, responsibility, author-
• The level of qualification and training of personnel. ity, and the interrelation of functional positions that
• Channels for communication to address and resolve manage, perform and verify work affecting quality
all quality issues including customer complaints. shall be documented as required in Section 5.6.
• Process performance, which is the effectiveness of the Personnel performing defined functions shall have
means, methods and practices that produce the prod- the required qualifications and the ability to success-
uct. Process performance may be monitored with mea- fully perform the function. Objective evidence of
sures and data that include: process nonconformance qualification may be demonstrated through biogra-
records (e.g., errors in following documented weld- phies, resumes, training records, or individual licenses
ing, bolting or detailing procedures), shipping delays, or certifications.
improper disposition of nonconformances, AISC audit Qualification requirements:
corrective action requests not closed in time, failure • For production and QA management functions: at
to conduct management review or other meetings per least five years steel fabrication experience or train-
documented procedure. ing.
• Product nonconformance (for example, errors in weld- • For QC and purchasing management functions and
ing, bolting and coating, or dimensionality). for detailing checkers: at least three years steel fab-
• Results from previous management reviews. rication experience or training.
Results from the management review shall include the Personnel and management can be assigned to more
record and implementation plan for any decisions and than one task, provided they are qualified and able to
actions related to: fully perform the duties of each position. Individual(s)
• Improvement of the effectiveness of the quality man- responsible for quality assurance or for quality control
agement system and its processes. management (including the Management Representa-
• Improvement of product quality. tive for Quality) may not serve as or report to produc-
• Resource needs (see Section 5.4). tion management.
Production supervisors shall be familiar with the
5.3 Management Representative for Quality
requirements of applicable specifications.
Executive management shall appoint a member of man- Qualified management shall be assigned to the func-
agement who may or may not be the chief executive— tions detailed in Sections 5 through 19 of this standard
and who, regardless of other responsibilities, shall have and shall include as a minimum the Management Rep-
the ability, responsibility, and authority to: resentative for Quality and positions that manage:
• Detailing.

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• Purchasing. tor’s organization and that communication takes place on


• Fabrication operations. a regular basis regarding the effectiveness of the quality
• Quality assurance. management system.
• Quality control. Drawing, material and production due dates shall be
scheduled by suitable areas or sequences, and schedules
Management at all levels shall be aware of the
shall be disseminated to appropriate personnel.
requirements for the management review detailed in
Drawing, material and production schedules shall be
Section 5.2 and the results of the most recent review.
kept current.
The fabricator shall have the following personnel
Operational quality meetings among fabrication man-
on staff or available under contract, certified in accor-
agement, quality management and others, as necessary,
dance with ASNT-TC-1A:
shall be held on a regular basis. The meetings should
• at least one Certified Level III NDT administrator
include discussions of quality problems and countermea-
for each NDT method performed in the shop.
sures to prevent future quality problems. These meetings
• at least one Certified Level II technician for each
should be held at least quarterly.
NDT method performed in the shop.
The fabricator shall have documented procedures 5.6 Documentation Requirements
for certifying and updating NDT personnel.
5.6.1 General Requirements
The fabricator shall have enough AWS Certified
Welding Inspectors (or other personnel as permitted Quality management system documentation shall
by AASHTO/AWS D1.5 clause 6.1.3, “Inspection Per- include:
sonnel Qualification”) to monitor all shifts on which • A quality manual.
welding is performed. • Statements of a quality policy (as described in Sec-
The fabricator shall have a competent welding tion 5.1).
technician on staff. The welding technician shall have • Documented procedures and their associated qual-
extensive knowledge and experience with or educa- ity records required by this standard.
tion in welding processes, procedures, and equipment • Documents needed by the fabricator to ensure the
and with the development, preparation, qualification, effective planning, operation and control of its
and execution of welding procedure specifications. processes.

5.4.2 Buildings, Workspace and Associated 5.6.2 Quality Manual


Utilities
The fabricator shall establish and maintain a qual-
A fabrication facility shall consist of areas and build- ity manual satisfying all of the requirements of this
ings that provide space for the routine functions con- standard, as well as applicable reference documents,
sidered to be part of steel fabrication. industry and government regulations, codes, and con-
The areas and buildings (including housekeeping, tract requirements. Requirements may be satisfied in
ventilation and clean air supply, and electrical sup- a single document called the quality manual or may
ply) shall be conducive to achieving consistent quality be satisfied in separate documents referenced by the
work. quality manual.

5.4.3 Fabrication Process Equipment 5.6.2.1 Organization


The fabricator shall have under their control the equip- The quality manual shall include a page showing
ment and software necessary to perform fabrication the current revision date and the name and location
consistent with the contract documents. of the fabricator.
The quality manual shall include or reference
5.4.4 Inspection Equipment documents that include:
The fabricator shall have the inspection equipment • Policies and organizational description.
necessary to verify conformance with the require- • Organizational chart describing the interrela-
ments of the contract documents. tionship of functional positions that manage,
perform, and verify work affecting quality.
5.5 Internal Communication • Job descriptions and required qualifications for
executive management and functional positions
Executive management shall ensure that appropriate com-
that manage, perform and verify work affecting
munication processes are established within the fabrica-
quality.

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• Evidence of qualification for individuals in posi- The documented procedure shall provide for review of
tions requiring it. the original contract documents, revised contract documents
• A facility plan. and changes received through clarification (e.g., requests for
• An equipment list. information or other sources) to assure that the affected staff
• Established documented procedures. (e.g., engineering, procurement, assembly, QC) fully under-
• Description of the interaction and communica- stand the applicable contract requirements.
tion between the individual processes within the Evidence of contract review can take the form of tech-
system used by the fabricator to produce prod- nical summaries, signoffs, change orders and allocation of
ucts of the required quality. adequate resources. Such evidence shall indicate consider-
ation of pertinent sections of this standard managed by the
Documented procedures may be issued sepa-
functions listed in Section 5.4.1 and other critical project
rately or be an integral part of the quality manual.
requirements that, if missed, may have a major impact on
The fabricator determines the level of detail in the
project quality and satisfying the contract.
quality manual and documented procedures. At a
minimum, these documents shall be detailed suf- 7. Detailing
ficiently to describe the quality management sys-
tem used by the fabricator to assure the required 7.1 Detailing Procedures
quality.
Management of relevant functions shall define 7.1.1 Preparation of Shop Drawings and
what additional documented procedures, drawings, Erection Framing Drawings
or other documents are required beyond the minimum The shop and erection framing drawings produced
requirements set by this standard to meet the needs of shall incorporate all contract requirements, specifi-
the fabricator’s organization and its customers. cations, codes and relevant standards to adequately
procure materials, fabricate the steel bridge, and pro-
5.6.2.2 Approval
vide instructions to the erector for location of ship-
Executive management shall approve the quality ping pieces in the completed structure. To ensure this,
manual. At a minimum, the quality manual shall be a documented procedure for preparation of shop and
signed and dated by the highest ranking individual erection framing drawings shall be developed, which
responsible for the facility. describes:
• How project requirements are reviewed and
6. Contract and Project Specification Review and incorporated.
Communication • How the fabricator coordinates, proposes changes,
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure for and tracks information with the general contractor or
contract and project specification review requiring comple- owner (e.g., change orders and RFIs), and how the
tion of these reviews for each steel bridge project performed. associated resolutions are tracked and controlled.
The review shall begin no later than the fabricator’s accep-
7.1.2 Detailing Standards
tance of responsibility for performing the work. Ideally, the
review should begin during the project estimation or bid The fabricator shall prepare and use detailing stan-
process. dards describing technical preferences and require-
The review shall identify, determine, plan, and record ments customarily used in the shop. These standards
the specific project requirements as well as define distribu- shall show special information required on advance
tion of the recorded specific project requirements (such as bills such as allowances for cuts, camber, or supple-
coating requirements, weld restrictions, etc.) to the respon- mentary requirements. The detailing standards shall
sible individuals in the fabricator’s organization, and include how bills of material are prepared which, at a
identify new documented quality procedures that must be minimum, include:
created for the work. This review shall consider any issue • Sizes and quantities.
that affects the fabricator’s capability to perform the work. • Appropriate ASTM specification references.
The review shall include fabrication and erection require- • Special ordering information.
ments (such as erection aids, sequencing of NDT, or erec- • Any allowances or tolerances.
tion sequence) and priorities. The fabricator’s documented
The detailing standards shall describe the fabrica-
procedure shall include provisions for communication with
tor’s methods of drawing layout, including but not
the general contractor and the erector about fabrication
limited to:
issues that may affect erection.
• Sections and views.

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• Title block information. of review required by management and the extent


• The method of designating shipping sequences. of checking required of received detailing products
• The piece marking system. before release for fabrication and erection.
• Commonly used shop abbreviations. The documented procedure for checking shop
• Showing bolt placement lists (including bolt type drawings, manufacturing models, and erection
and installation requirements). framing drawings shall include comparing those
• Information required on weld symbols including documents and models to project requirements that
any special NDT requirements. include, but are not limited to:
• Geometry.
The detailing standards shall describe the fabrica-
• Use of the correct connections.
tor’s method for:
• Proper notes.
• Selection of connection geometry.
• Proper material usage.
• Detailing holes, fasteners, washers, cuts and copes.
• Assignment of complete welding symbols.
• Assignment of appropriate welding symbols (shop
• Proper coatings and preparation.
and field welds).
• Proper representation on erection framing draw-
• Selecting bolt installation method (for shop-
ings including the notation of any necessary
installed bolts).
instructions and depiction of details necessary
• Showing surface preparation (including specifica-
to conduct the work in the field.
tion of surface finish).
• Designating coating requirements (including coat- 7.1.3.2 Approval of Shop Drawings and
ing materials and dry film thickness). Release for Fabrication
• Showing any necessary special instructions to fab-
ricate and erect the steel bridge. The documented procedure for release of shop
and erection framing drawings shall describe the
7.1.3 Shop and Erection Framing Drawings method used to document owner approval of shop
drawings released for fabrication, whether produced
The fabricator shall develop a documented proce-
in-house or through a subcontractor. Such methods
dure to provide for checking of all shop and erection
may include signatures, stamps, logs, files or lists.
framing drawings and to describe the method used to
release shop drawings for fabrication. 7.1.3.3 Externally Supplied Shop Drawings
7.1.3.1 Checking of Shop and Erection Fram- When the fabricator receives shop drawings from
ing Drawings the owner or another fabricator, a documented pro-
cedure shall define the method of receipt, revision
The documented procedure for checking of shop
and control of those drawings.
and erection framing drawings shall describe the
method used by the fabricator or its subcontractor 7.2 Detailing Personnel
to perform and record the final check of shop and
erection framing drawings to ensure compliance The fabricator’s staff shall manage detailing. Detailing
with contract documents before release for fabrica- functions may be performed by employees or subcon-
tion and erection. Evidence of the effective imple- tractors.
mentation of such methods may include signatures,
7.2.1 Detailing Management
stamps, logs, files or lists. Records shall provide
means for identification of the individual checker Responsibilities for detailing management shall
who performed the final check of each shop or include:
erection framing drawing. • Overseeing the production of shop and erection
For computer-generated shop drawings and framing drawings.
manufacturing models, the documented procedure • Communicating with owners’ representatives for
shall identify the data, variables, graphics, calculat- design.
ing formulas, and other output that are checked to • Scheduling.
determine that the software is functioning correctly, • Developing and maintaining company detailing
and shall include provisions for verifying accuracy standards and documented detailing procedures.
of input. • Transmittals related to obtaining approval from the
When detailing is performed by a subcontractor, owner’s designated representative for design or
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• Coordinating and incorporating construction 8.1 Review and Approval


requirements.
The fabricator shall designate which function and author-
• Training of employed detailers and checkers.
ity levels have responsibility for review and approval of
Qualification requirements for detailing manage- internal standards and documented procedures. Revi-
ment personnel shall include experience in detailing sions to the quality manual and other quality manage-
and checking shop and erection framing drawings ment system documents shall be reviewed for adequacy
approved by an owner for a variety of structures rep- and approved by the same function and authority level
resentative of projects the fabricator provides. The that authorized the original document. The documented
fabricator shall determine and describe methods to procedure for document and data control shall describe
demonstrate competence. the frequency and requirements for review and updating,
Detailing management shall be familiar with the and establish a method to identify changes.
requirements of pertinent codes and specifications.
8.2 Customer Requirements
7.2.2 Detailing Functions
The documented procedure shall define methods for
Personnel who perform detailing or checking of shop receipt and documentation of owner and general con-
and erection framing drawings shall have experience tractor requirements and fabricator originated changes
in drawing projects similar to the projects the fabrica- as they occur throughout the fabrication and detailing
tor provides and shall have knowledge of applicable process. Requirements may be received in original con-
material specifications and of mill rolling practices as tract documents; in subsequent telecommunications, let-
they affect the detailing of structural steel. ters, transmittals related to product requirements; and in
Detailers in training shall work under the supervi- change orders or contract addenda.
sion of a trained detailer or checker. The documented procedure shall require records (e.g.,
A qualified checker shall check all shop drawings logs, files or master lists) that show receipt of change
before release for fabrication. Qualification require- data, incorporation, issue, and distribution of approved
ments for checkers shall be defined and documented and revised shop drawings and erection framing draw-
as required in Section 5.4.1 and include training and ings to all necessary departments and personnel at the
experience in connection selection. Demonstrated fabricator’s facility and necessary external organizations,
competency of employed and subcontracted individu- subcontractors, or suppliers.
als performing final checks shall be documented by
detailing management. 8.3 Revision Control
The revision to the previous document shall be clearly
7.2.3 Subcontract Services
identifiable on each amended document and reflected in
In lieu of employed staff personnel, subcontractors data controlled by the documented procedure and there
may be used for the following functions: detailing, shall be a method for monitoring and identifying the latest
connection consultation, checking of shop and erec- revision. The fabricator shall establish a method to ensure
tion framing drawings, and training of detailers and identification of changes to the quality manual or refer-
checkers. However, the fabricator retains the respon- enced documented procedures from previous revisions.
sibility for compliance with the requirements of this Documents shall remain legible and easily identifiable.
standard.
The fabricator shall define and document the quali- 8.4 Access
fication and selection process for choosing subcon- Relevant and current documented procedures and policies
tractors as required in Section 10.2. pertinent to an area of operation or management shall be
available and readily accessible to all personnel respon-
8. Document and Data Control
sible for performing work affecting the product quality.
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure to con-
trol documents and data affecting quality including: 8.5 Obsolescence and Transmittal
• The quality manual. The documented procedure shall describe methods to
• Contract documents (dissemination and revision control). prevent inadvertent use of controlled documents that are
• Shop and erection framing drawings. obsolete in the fabrication or erection process.
• Detailing standards. A method shall be established and maintained show-
• All documented procedures. ing the latest revisions of:

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• The quality manual and other quality management shall be at least long enough to permit evaluation of the
system documents. records during the course of project construction unless
• Contract documents, including design drawings and a longer period is required by contract or government
owner change orders. regulation, and not less than the duration of any warranty
• Shop and erection framing drawings. provided by the fabricator.
A transmittal system shall be established to record the 9.2 Availability of Quality Records
distribution of drawings, documents and specifications to
all recipients. This system shall have provisions for estab- Specific quality records required by contract or regulation
lishing project-specific distribution lists in accordance shall be made available for the owner’s review and evalu-
with the requirements of the contract documents. ation by the fabricator for the required time period.
The records shall indicate the status of approval and
10. Purchasing
release to fabrication or erection.
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure to
9. Control of Quality Records ensure that subcontractors and suppliers provide materials,
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure for products and services conforming to project requirements.
quality records that provides for: Responsibility for quality of the subcontracted products and
• Identification. services remains with the fabricator. Purchasing documents,
• Collection. subcontractor and supplier qualification records, and records
• Storage. of the periodic evaluation of subcontractors and suppliers
• Maintenance. shall be maintained.
• Retrieval and backup of electronic data. Purchasing personnel shall be familiar with ordering
• Retention (time duration). information required to control variables affecting the qual-
• Disposition. ity of purchased material. The fabricator shall ensure that
proper instructions, current copies of relevant codes and
All quality records shall be legible and shall be stored specifications, and all relevant contract requirements are
in such a way that they are retrievable from facilities that furnished to purchasing personnel.
provide a suitable environment to prevent damage, deterio-
ration or loss. Quality records typically include, but are not 10.1 Purchasing Data
limited to:
The fabricator shall clearly describe subcontracted work
• Contract review.
and the purchased products, materials and services ordered
• Contract clarifications.
in written purchasing documents. This shall include but
• Design change records, including contract construction
not be limited to:
changes and addendums.
• The type of service, material, class, grade, and other
• RFIs with owner responses.
unique identification.
• Drawing logs.
• The applicable specifications, drawings, process
• Mill and consumable purchase orders.
requirements, inspection instructions, and any witness
• MTRs.
points required by the owner or the quality manage-
• C of Cs.
ment system.
• Inspection records.
• Delivery instructions and date.
• NDT reports.
• Required C of Cs, MTRs, and inspection records.
• Radiographs, if retained by the fabricator rather than the
owner. Purchasing documents for materials furnished to
• Records or summaries of nonconformance reports. ASTM specifications shall include the information
• Corrective action reports. required in the “Order Information” section of the ASTM
• Training records. standard, as applicable.
• Subcontractor and supplier qualifications and evalua-
tions. 10.2 Selection and Evaluation of Subcontractors and
• Internal and external quality management system audit Suppliers
records The fabricator shall evaluate and select subcontractors
and suppliers on the basis of their ability to meet subcon-
9.1 Retention of Quality Records
tract requirements, the fabricator’s quality management
Retention times shall be established and recorded for system, the requirements of this standard, project require-
records retained for any purpose. The retention periods ments, and any specific inspection requirements.

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A documented procedure shall be developed that • The requirements of this standard.


describes how the fabricator conducts initial and ongoing • Project requirements.
evaluation of all subcontractors and suppliers. Manage- • Specific inspection requirements.
ment shall determine:
For “award in advance of evaluation”, the fabricator’s
• Evaluation criteria.
documented procedure shall require a full initial evalua-
• Reevaluation interval.
tion of detailing subcontractors during the performance of
• Personnel involved in the evaluation process.
the subcontracted work. Ongoing evaluation as required
The fabricator shall evaluate subcontractors and sup- in the documented procedure shall be conducted if the
pliers via an audit or documented acceptable past experi- detailing subcontractor is to be considered as a source for
ence. As a minimum, quality of the finished products and future work.
timely, proper delivery of services or products shall be
part of the evaluation procedure. 10.5 Verification of Purchased Product, Materials
and Services
10.3 Fabrication Subcontractors
The fabricator’s documented procedure for purchasing
Subcontractors performing welding, bolting or assembly shall define the extent of control necessary to ensure con-
shall have the applicable AISC Certification on projects formance to the project requirements. This may depend
requiring AISC Certification. upon the type of product, the potential impact of subcon-
tracted product on the quality of the final product or the
10.4 Detailing Subcontractors records available for the demonstrated capability and per-
The fabricator’s documented procedure defines the meth- formance of similar products in previous projects. Inspec-
ods used for initial and ongoing evaluation of detailing tion and test reports, C of Cs, or other evidence of quality
subcontractors and may include direct or third party control shall be kept on file as defined in the fabricator’s
review of one or more of the following: documented procedure required by Section 9.
• Drawing products and other work to assess ability to
11. Material Identification and Traceability
perform the specific type of work the fabricator is sub-
contracting. The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure for
• Implementation and effectiveness of documented pro- identification of material and material traceability.
cedures to track RFIs.
• Employment experience records for individual detail- 11.1 Material Identification
ers and checkers. The documented procedure shall describe how the fab-
• For ongoing evaluation, detailing error frequency and ricator marks or maintains the identification of base
severity from fabricator records. materials from the point of receipt to the point of the first
The fabricator’s documented procedure shall define fabricating operation (or beyond, if required; see Section
detailing subcontractor evaluation criteria that include 11.2) to assure incorporation of the correct materials into
how the following information is identified on or incor- the product.
porated into drawings: • Structural steel material shall be identified as stated in
• Material requirements and special conditions. contract documents.
• Coating requirements. • Welding consumables shall be identified in accordance
• Contract document special conditions. with the appropriate ANSI/AWS specification.
• Inspection requirements. • Coating materials (excluding metallic coating) shall
• Welding symbols. be identified on the container by, at a minimum, color
• Conformance to the fabricator’s detailing standard. (pigment description and federal standard number, or
• Drawing check complete. manufacturer’s number), lot/batch number, ID/stock
• Identification of checkers. number, quantity of coating in container, date of man-
• Identification of detailers. ufacture, date of expiration, and manufacturer’s name
and address.
When the fabricator awards detailing subcontracts in • Metallic coatings shall be identified by, at a minimum,
advance of evaluation, the fabricator’s documented pro- composition and the appropriate ASTM specification,
cedure shall include methods to assess the “pre evalua- including hot dip or mechanical galvanizing and met-
tion” level of risk to meeting: allizing.
• Subcontract requirements. • Fasteners shall be stored in containers clearly identi-
• The fabricator’s quality management system. fied by type, grade, size and lot number(s).

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Records that provide a basis for material identifica- 12.2 Bolt Installation
tion (e.g., MTRs and C of Cs for base materials, fasteners,
The fabricator’s documented bolting procedure shall
welding consumables, and coatings) shall be filed and
include storage, rotational capacity testing, pre installa-
retained as defined in the fabricator’s documented proce-
tion verification, installation, and inspection of fastener
dure required by Section 9.
assemblies for snug-tightened, pretensioned and slip-crit-
11.2 Material Traceability ical joint types. The documented procedure shall meet the
requirements of the RCSC Specification for Structural
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure Joints Using High-Strength Bolts.
to maintain traceability of materials from the point of
receipt and throughout the course of fabrication. The fab- 12.3 Material Preparation for Application of
ricator may use a marking method that identifies material Coatings
type and grade or use a method that provides traceability
The fabricator’s documented procedure shall support
through piece, assembly or group numbering. Material
achievement of cleanliness and surface profile required
traceability to corresponding heat numbers is necessary
by coating manufacturer recommendations and product
only when specifically required by contract or by supple-
data sheets, and by project specifications.
mental requirements of this standard.
12.4 Coating Application
12. Fabrication Process Control
The fabricator’s documented procedure shall support
The fabricator shall develop documented procedures for
application and curing of coatings in accordance with
process control necessary to produce a consistent accept-
manufacturer recommendations and product data sheets,
able level of furnished product quality in accordance with
and with project specifications.
the applicable codes and specifications. Fabrication pro-
cesses include but are not limited to thermal and mechanical 12.5 Equipment Maintenance
cutting, fitting and assembly, welding, drilling, punching,
bolting, shearing, milling, sweep and camber, bending and The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure
straightening, heating operations, and coating. defining an equipment maintenance program to produce
The process definition shall show inspection points and, the required quality. The documented procedure shall
if inspection is at less than 100% frequency, a sampling plan. define evaluation and preventive maintenance for, at min-
The assessment is demonstrated by the inspection points and imum, equipment necessary to meet product quality and
sampling plan of the documented inspection and testing pro- delivery requirements.
cedure (Section 13).
13. Inspection and Testing
Effective implementation of the following documented
procedures is required as a minimum: The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure for
inspection and testing activities to verify that the product
12.1 Welding quality meets the project requirements.
The fabricator’s documented procedure for welding shall The documented inspection and testing procedure shall
include: define receipt, in process, and final inspection of all materi-
• WPSs. als and products furnished to a project.
• Preheat requirements. Product determined during inspection and testing to be
• PQRs (when required). nonconforming shall be addressed by the fabricator’s docu-
• Storage (including ovens) and identification require- mented nonconformance procedure required in Section 15.
ments for welding consumables. For each type of inspection less than 100%, the docu-
• Welder, welding operator, and tack welder qualifica- mented procedure shall describe the methods for establish-
tions and qualification test records, in accordance with ing sampling plans and for adjusting the level and frequency
AASHTO/AWS D1.5. of inspection to assure expected contract quality. The fab-
• Welder, welding operator and tack welder perfor- ricator’s methods shall adjust the level and frequency of
mance records—to provide objective evidence that the inspection at any time the required level of quality is not
“period of effectiveness” has not been exceeded and met. The level or frequency of an inspection sampling plan
satisfactory performance is consistently achieved. shall not be zero where a nonconformance has been identi-
• Traceability of welds to the welders who produce them. fied and corrective action has not been fully implemented
and determined to be effective.
Approved WPSs shall be in close proximity to and
used by the welders.

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13.1 Assignment of QC Inspections and Monitoring are not verifiable at final inspection or for which final
inspection can hinder assembly. In process inspection
The documented inspection procedure shall define
is appropriate for processes including but not limited
inspection and testing and the required records to meet
to welding, bolting, coating surface preparation, and
the project requirements and shall assign QC inspection
coating application.
and monitoring duties.
Compliance with the fabricator’s documented pro-
Qualification requirements for QC inspectors shall be
cess control procedures shall be monitored.
defined and documented as required in Section 5.4.1. QC
inspectors shall be assigned on the basis of qualification, 13.2.3 Final Inspection
evidenced by experience, training and education. Qualifi-
cation standards and certifications granted by recognized The fabricator shall conduct final inspection. Desig-
industry organizations related to steel bridge fabrication nated, qualified QC inspectors shall perform the final
can be used as a basis for qualification. inspection of all steel bridge products prior to ship-
QC inspectors shall be periodically monitored by ping.
QA (see definition in Section 4) witnessing QC work or Demonstrated competency of employees and sub-
repeating their duties. contracted individuals performing final inspection
Production personnel may be assigned to QC inspec- shall be documented and evidenced by experience,
tion duties under the following conditions: training and education.
• They are trained and knowledgeable in proper inspec-
13.2.4 Inspection Records
tion methods and acceptance criteria specified for the
material or products they are inspecting and hold the The documented inspection procedure shall indicate
required certification as applicable. what records and marks are used to document inspec-
• They are aware of their responsibilities and are given tions. In process inspections shall be verifiable until
time to perform them. the final inspection of the piece.
• They do not inspect their own work. Final inspections shall be documented. The quality
• Their inspections are monitored by qualified quality records produced shall be filed and retained as defined
control personnel. in the fabricator’s documented procedure required by
Section 9. Inspection records shall clearly show the
13.2 Inspection Procedure products and product aspects that were inspected and
The fabricator’s documented procedure shall include pro- who performed the inspection.
visions for the following:
14. Calibration of Inspection, Measuring and Test
13.2.1 Material Receipt Inspection Equipment
Materials received shall be checked for conformance The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure to con-
with the purchase order requirements. The receiver trol, calibrate and maintain inspection, measuring, and test
shall identify the material, grade, size and quantity and equipment used to demonstrate that products and processes
look for visible shipping damage. comply with specified requirements. Tools with devices for
MTRs and C of Cs for base materials, fasteners, measuring properties or process variables are included when
welding consumables, coatings, and any other product used to demonstrate the compliance of products and pro-
which becomes part of the shipped component shall cesses to the specified requirements.
be checked for compliance with the purchase order The documented procedure shall define equipment
requirements. calibration frequency. However, the volt/amp meters used
If materials are supplied by the owner; the fabri- to verify compliance with WPS parameters (on a welding
cator shall verify that the material meets the require- machine or auxiliary meters) shall be calibrated whenever
ments of the contract documents. the accuracy of the meter is in question and as required by
the contract documents.
13.2.2 In-Process Inspection Inspection, measuring and test equipment shall be used
in a manner consistent with the required measurement. The
Materials shall be inspected for specification and
precision capability of the equipment used shall support reli-
grade, workmanship and tolerances using appropriate
able determination of compliance with acceptance criteria.
codes, standards or a documented plan before fabri-
Owners may require that technical data and reference stan-
cation begins. The fabricator shall employ in-process
dards pertaining to the measurement equipment be made
inspection plans and practices for specified process
available for verification that the equipment is calibrated and
requirements and inspection acceptance criteria that
performing properly.

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For inspection, measuring and test equipment used to 15.2 Nonconforming Product
demonstrate the compliance of products and processes to
Nonconforming product not satisfying specified require-
the specified requirements, the documented procedure shall
ments shall be documented and prevented from uninten-
include:
tionally reaching the job site. The documented procedure
• An equipment list that provides a means for unique iden-
shall provide for identification, documentation, evalu-
tification of each piece of equipment.
ation, segregation (when practical), treatment of non-
• Service use for each piece of equipment including the
conforming product, and for notification of the relevant
required precision for the types of inspections, measure-
functions.
ments or tests.
Nonconforming product shall be clearly marked as
• Handling and storage of inspection, measuring and test
soon as practical after discovery. Records shall be kept
equipment to maintain accuracy and fitness for use.
of the pieces affected, the nature of the nonconformance,
• Calibration frequency for each piece of equipment based
the treatment selection, authorization, and reinspection
upon service use, requirements of this standard, manu-
results, if applicable.
facturer’s recommendations, project requirements, and
Owner approval is typically required by contract for
specification requirements.
treatment of nonconformances and shall be documented
• Identification of standards or certified equipment having
in writing.
a known valid relationship to internationally or nationally
The responsibility, authority and required qualifications
recognized standards used to calibrate each listed piece of
for the personnel selecting treatment of nonconforming
equipment. Where such standards do not exist, the basis
product shall be defined by the documented procedure.
used for calibration shall be documented.
The treatment of nonconforming product may be:
• The calibration procedure for each piece of equipment
• Redesign for approval.
calibrated at the fabricator’s facility.
• Rework.
• The accuracy acceptance criteria for variation between
• Owner-approved nonconforming product (repair or
measured and standard values for calibration of each
use as-is).
piece of equipment.
• Scrap.
• The action to be taken when equipment does not meet the
calibration requirements. This action includes disposition If the treatment is rework or repair, the result shall
of the measuring device and an evaluation of the impact be inspected per drawing, specification, project require-
to product that was measured using the device. ments, and the fabricator’s documented inspection pro-
• Calibration quality record maintenance as defined in the cedure.
fabricator’s documented procedure required by Section 9.
• Method of preventing inadvertent use of uncalibrated 16. Corrective Action
equipment where calibration is required. The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure
for corrective action. Any corrective action taken shall be
15. Control of Nonconformances
appropriate for the magnitude of problems and commensu-
The fabricator shall develop a documented procedure to rate with the risks to product quality.
identify and control nonconformances. Nonconformances The corrective action documented procedure shall include
may be identified by the fabricator’s inspection program, by periodic review of records or summaries of nonconfor-
process monitoring, during internal and external audits, or by mances and of internal and external quality audit reports for
owner representatives or other observers. Nonconformances determination and initiation of corrective actions. Corrective
may be required to be addressed by the corrective action action shall be applied when:
documented procedure (Section 16) and shall be reviewed • There is a nonconformance that is repetitive in nature.
during the management review (Section 5.2). QC inspectors This can be identified by periodically reviewing noncon-
finding nonconforming work shall have authority to stop the formance reports or summaries for negative trends.
work and responsibility to inform the operating supervisor • Process nonconformances are found during the internal
of the nonconformance. and external quality audits indicating that the quality
management system may not be implemented and func-
15.1 Nonconformance with the Quality Management tioning as stated in the quality manual.
System • Nonconformance with the quality management system is
Nonconformances are not limited to nonconforming found during the day-to-day execution of the system.
product. A nonconformance related to the performance of • Nonconformance is unacceptable due to cost or severity.
the quality management system shall be documented to • A complaint has been received from an owner, general
the detail level described by the documented procedure. contractor or erector.

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The corrective action documented procedure shall address Owner-supplied material or material paid for as “mate-
these steps: rial on hand” before fabrication shall be protected to prevent
1. Document a corrective action request (CAR) that use in other than its intended purpose. Any such product that
includes the nonconformance to be addressed and the is lost, damaged, or is otherwise unsuitable for use shall be
requirement that has not been met. The corrective action recorded and reported to the owner.
documented procedure shall define the functional posi-
tions authorized to issue a CAR and initiate the correc- 18. Training
tive action process. Personnel responsible for functions that affect quality,
2. Assign responsibility and establish a time frame for the including, but not limited to, project managers, detailers,
response to a CAR. inspectors, welding personnel, fitters, and painters, shall
3. Investigate and document the scope of the nonconfor- receive initial and periodic documented training. Training
mance, root causes, measures taken to bring a non- records are quality records controlled as required in Sec-
conforming product or process into conformance with tion 9.
specified requirements, and list the actions to be taken to Personnel providing training shall have appropriate
prevent recurrence. training or experience in the subject they are teaching.
4. Communicate the corrective action request and resolu- Training course outlines include the subject and the key
tion to executive management and appropriate members points. Evaluation of student comprehension of course
of the organization. material and documentation of successful completion is
5. Follow up with periodic monitoring to assure the correc- desirable.
tive action is implemented and is effective.
19. Internal Audit
17. Handling, Storage and Delivery of Product and
Materials The fabricator shall perform an internal audit of the quality
management system at least once a year to evaluate com-
Material shall be stored, loaded and shipped to avoid loss pliance and the effectiveness of implementation. Different
or damage and minimize deterioration. Material shall be parts of the quality management system may be audited at
marked with identification and shall be listed on a manifest different times and different frequencies, as long as all ele-
or shipping documents. The fabricator shall provide for suit- ments of the quality management system are audited annu-
able loading, blocking and bracing for shipment. ally. Audits shall be scheduled based on the importance of
If a shipping agreement between the fabricator and the the area being audited.
owner, general contractor, or subcontractors exists, material The Management Representative for Quality or a quali-
shall be shipped in compliance with the agreement, including fied individual, independent of the function being audited,
sequencing that complies with erection needs. Shipments by shall perform the audit and provide a written quality record
subcontractors shall be coordinated and monitored for com- of each audit result.
pliance with shipping instructions.

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SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
(Refer to Section 2)

I. Requirements for Fabricators of A. Requirements for Fabricators of


Intermediate Bridges Advanced Bridges
I2. Program Scope and Fabricator Eligibility A2. Program Scope and Fabricator Eligibility
To be certified under this standard, the fabricator shall To be certified under this standard, the fabricator shall
have: have:
• supplied plate girder spans with field splices for high- • supplied advanced bridges for highway or railroad
way or railroad bridges within the last five years, or applications within the last five years, or
• established a documented training program for the • supplied intermediate bridges for highway or railroad
purpose of communicating intermediate bridge work use, established a documented training program for
functions to the work forces, and demonstrated capa- the purpose of communicating advanced bridge work
bility to fabricate intermediate bridges. functions to the work forces, and demonstrated capa-
bility to fabricate advanced bridges.
I5.4.3 Fabrication Process Equipment
Fabricators of advanced bridges shall meet the sup-
Equipment shall include automatic, mechanized or semi- plemental requirements for fabricators of intermediate
automatic welding equipment. bridges.
Users of this standard are encouraged to evaluate fab-
I7.1.2 Detailing Standards
ricator capability on a project-specific basis.
The detailing standards shall define the fabricator’s
method for presenting information on shop assembly A6. Contract and Project Specification Review and
(blocking) drawings. Communication
The fabricator’s documented procedure shall include a
I7.2.2 Detailing Functions
process for communicating with individuals in the fab-
Detailing personnel shall have an understanding of bridge ricator’s organization, the general contractor, and the
geometry, including but not limited to vertical and hori- owner regarding special fabrication-related requirements
zontal alignment, cross-slope, and roadway transitions. for advanced bridges including:
• shop assemblies.
I12. Laydown/Assembly • dimensional control and verification.
The fabricator’s documented procedure for shop assem- • welding.
bly of field connections shall include, at a minimum, the • NDT.
following items: • high-performance materials.
• provisions for control of assembled dimensions for • erection considerations.
both vertical and horizontal geometry. • other atypical or special job requirements.
• provisions for control of accuracy of drilling and ream- Decisions made in the process of these communica-
ing of field connections. tions shall be recorded, approved by the appropriate par-
• documented procedures, including reference draw- ties (if applicable) and the record shall be distributed to
ings, for match-marking shop-assembled pieces. the appropriate parties. This distribution shall be con-
• provisions for assuring the accuracy of numerically trolled in accordance with Sections 6 and 8.
controlled equipment, if contract documents permit
the use of such equipment in lieu of physical assem- A12.1 Welding
bly.
The fabricator’s documented procedure for welding shall
include a distortion control program.

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F. Requirements for Fabricators of Bridges with F10.1 Purchasing Data


Fracture-Critical Members The fabricator’s written purchasing documents shall iden-
F2. Program Scope and Fabricator Eligibility tify material to be used for fracture-critical applications.

To be certified under this standard, the fabricator shall F11.2 Material Traceability
have:
The fabricator’s documented procedures for identifica-
• supplied fracture-critical bridges in accordance with
tion of material and for material traceability shall include
AASHTO/AWS D1.5 within the last five years, or
provisions for maintaining heat and MTR identity of frac-
• supplied non-fracture-critical intermediate or advanced
ture-critical material throughout the fabrication process.
bridges, established a documented training program
for the purpose of communicating fracture-critical F12.1 Welding
work functions to the work forces, and demonstrated
capability to fabricate fracture-critical members. The fabricator’s documented procedure for welding shall
include:
F5.6.2.1 Organization: • PQRs.
• fracture-critical provisions for welding procedure
The quality manual shall include or reference a writ-
qualification, preheat, and storage of consumables.
ten Fracture Control Plan meeting the requirements of
AASHTO/AWS D1.5. F13.2 Inspection Procedure
F7.1.3. Detailing Standards The fabricator’s documented procedure shall include pro-
visions for inspection of fracture-critical welds.
The detailing standards for preparation of bills of mate-
rial shall include whether the material is to be used for F15.2 Nonconforming Product
fracture-critical applications.
The detailing standards for the fabricator’s shop and The fabricator’s documented procedure shall include
erection framing drawings shall define the manner of provisions for repair of critical and non-critical fracture-
identifying fracture-critical welds. critical welds in accordance with AASHTO/AWS D1.5.

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