What is Clerk Of The Works
The CSI Group, LLC Understands…
When Disaster Strikes… Time Counts Money Matters!!!
** By definition; The Clerk Of The Works historically is employed by the architect or client on a construction site or by Local Authorities to oversee public works and the role is primarily to represent the interests of the client in regard to ensuring the quality of both materials and workmanship are in accordance with the design information such as specification and engineering drawings, in addition to recognized quality standards. The Clerk Of The Works can also be employed by the client (State Body/Local Authority/Private Client) to monitor Design and Build projects where the traditional role of the architect is within the Design and Build project team.
The role, to this day, is based on the impartiality of the Clerk of Works in ensuring value for money for the client - rather than the contractor - and is achieved through rigorous and detailed inspection of materials and workmanship throughout the build process. In many cases, the traditional title has been discarded to comply with modern trends, such as Site Inspector, Architectural Inspector and Quality Inspector, but the requirement for the role remains unchanged since the origins of the title.
The Clerk of Works is a very isolated profession on site. He/she is the person that must ensure quality of both materials and workmanship and, to this end, must be absolutely impartial and independent in his/her decisions and judgments. He/she cannot normally, by virtue of the quality role, be employed by the contractor - only the client, normally by the architect on behalf of the client. His/her role is not to judge, but simply to report all occurrences that are relevant to the role.
Clerks of Works are either on site all the time or make regular visits. They need to be vigilant in their inspections of a large range of technical aspects of the work. This involves:
- Making sure that work is carried out to the client's standards, specification, correct materials, workmanship, and schedule
- Becoming familiar with all the relevant drawings and written instructions, checking them, and using them as a reference when inspecting work
- Making visual inspections
- Taking measurements and samples on site to make sure that the work and the materials meet the specifications and quality standards
- Being familiar with legal requirements and checking that the work complies with them.
- Having a working knowledge of health and safety legislation and bringing any shortfalls observed to the attention of the Resident Engineer.
- Advising the contractor about certain aspects of the work, particularly when something has gone wrong but this advice should not be interpreted as an instruction
However, and even though the main role of The Clerk Of The Works still remains the same, its duties have been refined and specialized for the Insurance / Restoration Industries.
More and more the Clerk Of The Works is being utilized as a job cost audit tool on large commercial remediation and restoration projects being performed on a Time and Material basis.
In the instance of Insurance loss funding, the importance of this can be recognized by not only by the Insurance Carrier, but also the Contractor providing the services and most importantly the insured.
The CSI Group, LLC can perform these services with confidence and accuracy assurance to our clients. We provide “Real Time, On-Site”, observations, monitoring and cost validations of large commercial restoration projects including:
- Verify daily equipment “on site only” compared to actual usage
- Verify employee daily work log in / log out
- Verify materials used / billed
- Verify actual job progress against invoice billings
- Verify permitting and inspections
- Verify scope compliances
- Verify OSHA and safety compliances
- Verify insurance certificates and compliances
- Perform total job cost audits daily through completion
“Value is defined by the risk you take multiplied by the quality of the product or service you are provided divided by the amount you spend”.
** Some information gathered through Wikipedia