Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Program Budget: $849 Million

Date: 2000

ATSER was contracted by the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to provide professional quality management services in support of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project in Tacoma, Washington. This $849 million project added a second suspended bridge crossing over the Tacoma Narrows waterway located 30 miles southwest of Seattle.

For this project, ATSER was tasked to prepare a Quality Assurance Procedure for Construction (QAPC) that identifies the roles and responsibilities of all parties for all aspects of construction quality. The QAPC provides the procedural basis for tracking workmanship and material quality by both WSDOT and the design-build team.

Complementing the QAPC, ATSER was tasked with implementing a customized version of its flagship web-based quality management system: Assure-IT™. This system provides a universal, consistent approach for the capture, reporting and analysis of all relevant quality data from either the testing laboratories or directly from the field. Mobile devices, pre-programmed with test forms and inspection checklists, provided the electronic link between the field and the central database. Success in the implementation of Assure-IT™ has resulted from the close cooperation between WSDOT and Tacoma Narrows Constructors, a design-build joint venture.