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    Registration Criteria for Construction Administration Category

    SPECIALTY CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Updated: February 9, 2018


    Quality Oversight, Audit & Inspection – Prestressed/Precast Concrete Production Facilities

    Firms wishing to be registered to carry out detailed oversight, auditing and inspection of precast/prestressed concrete plants for manufacturing structural precast concrete components for MTO, including prestressed concrete girders, prestressed and non prestressed bridge elements and structural culverts.
    The function requires the deployment of a qualified and experienced Project Manager supported by appropriately certified inspectors to:

    • Carry out inspection/audit of precast/prestressed concrete plant, observe and document the plant’s manufacturing process and quality management, in accordance with MTO’s policies, standards and contract requirements.
    • Carry out post-production measurements and assess defects and deficiencies of concrete elements.
    • Prepare and submit inspection diary and reports to ascertain that major non-conformances are accurately documented and communicated to MTO in a timely fashion.


    Qualification Requirements

    In order to qualify for registration the firms shall demonstrate their experience, knowledge and capabilities in all necessary aspects of the speciality. They must:
    • Satisfy the applicable general requirements of the Ministry, for admission to the Ministry’s vendor list.
    • Demonstrate successful recent experience on projects requiring similar activities, in size, nature and construction material type, as required under this speciality to the satisfaction of Evaluation Team.
    • Provide an organizational chart listing the staff they will be using to carry out the requirements of the specialty they are applying for. If the organizational chart changes, it is the responsibility of the firm to update the organizational chart and to resubmit the specialty for approval.
    • Meet the requirements of a key person. If the applicant is a company it should designate at least one key person, on its regular staff, meeting the requirement. The company shall hold a valid Certificate of Authorization to practice engineering in the province of Ontario.
    • Meet the requirements of inspectors. If the applicant is a company it shall designate at least three (3) inspectors, meeting the requirement. At least one inspector shall be certified with PCI Level II Quality Control Technician/Inspector at the time of qualification, and the company must demonstrate capability and plan for having its entire inspector staff to be certified within six (6) months.
    • Demonstrate past production of inspection/audit reports and records such as diaries, photos, documents, checklists, drawings and measurements, referenced to the relevant specifications.
    • The firm shall make submission to the Ministry Evaluation Team detailing of experience on past projects related to the speciality completed by the firm and the key personnel, conforming to Evaluation Submission Requirements. Project specific references and performance appraisals on these projects shall be attached.


    Qualifications Of The Key Person

    The Key Person is considered the Project Manager for this specialty service. The Project Manager designated by the company shall have the following qualifications:
    • Shall be under the regular employment of the company.
    • Shall not be listed in Registry, Appraisal and Qualification System (RAQS) as key person for any other company.
    • Shall be a member in good standing of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
    • Shall be a Certified Lead Auditor in ISO 9000 – Quality Management from a credible certification agent.
    • Shall have minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience auditing quality management systems related to infrastructure projects.
    • Shall have minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience managing inspection of MTO (or equivalent public agency) bridge/ precast concrete projects.
    • Shall have demonstrated familiarity with current Ministry policies, procedures, standards, specifications, manuals and computer software (such as OPSS.PROV 909, SSP999S31 and OPSS.PROV.1350, etc.). through ongoing involvement in MTO projects (or other large infrastructure projects) over the past five (5) years.
    • Shall have demonstrated awareness of the requirements of different precast concrete plant certification programs (CPCI, CSA and PCI) and associated standards including:
      CSA A23.4 - Precast concrete - Materials and construction, PCI MNL 116 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products.
      CSA A23.1/A23.2- Concrete materials and methods of concrete construction / Test methods and standard practices for concrete.
      PCI MNL 116 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products.
      PCI MNL 135 – Tolerance Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Construction.
    • Shall possess experience related to: Quality assurance systems; materials engineering and testing; oversight of precast concrete production (or comparable concrete construction activities).
    • Shall have excellent verbal and written communication skills to produce professional and technically sound reports and other written materials, in a timely manner. Samples of reports and relevant audit/inspection documents or correspondence completed by the Key Person shall be submitted.


    Qualifications Of The Inspector

    Each inspector designated by the company shall have the following qualifications:
    • Shall have minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience overseeing and performing inspection of structural precast components (prestressed and non-prestressed), such as precast concrete girders, deck panels and structural culverts, for MTO (or comparable agency) bridge projects including new construction or rehabilitation.
    • Shall possess valid certification by Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) as a Level II Plant Quality Control Technician/Inspector for inspections of prestressed precast concrete fabrication.
    • Shall be able to demonstrate familiarity with current Ministry policies, procedures, standards, specifications and manuals and computer software related to precast concrete construction through ongoing involvement in MTO projects (or other large infrastructure projects) for the past five (5) years.
    • Shall be a licensed Professional Engineer in good standing with the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) or a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
    • Shall have demonstrated awareness of the requirements of different precast concrete plant certification programs (CPCI, CSA and PCI) and associated standards including:
      CSA A23.4 - Precast concrete - Materials and construction, PCI MNL 116 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products.
      CSA A23.1/A23.2- Concrete materials and methods of concrete construction / Test methods and standard practices for concrete.
      PCI MNL 116 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products.
      PCI MNL 135 – Tolerance Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Construction.
    • Shall be able to demonstrate understanding of concrete material behaviour, technology and specific quality issues related to concrete material properties and construction and their impact on bridge structures.
    • Possess knowledge of quality assurance systems and industry best practices related to the production of precast concrete infrastructure components, through:
      • In-plant precast components inspection & field construction experience with MTO (or equivalent agency) projects in a quality assurance or audit role during the past three (3) years, OR
      • Past position of responsibility in a precast concrete manufacturer.


    Submission Requirements

    Submission shall include completion of Consultant Registration Form to provide criteria compliance information for relevant specialties.

    Submission requirements for this specialty:
    • Must submit resumes and references for the review of Evaluation Team. Submitted resumes shall document successful details of recent experience on projects of similar size and nature in the applied speciality. Experience is deemed to be recent if obtained in the past 5 years.
    • Shall provide details of projects in the applied speciality carried out by the key persons (project manager and inspectors), separately or included in the resume, for the review of Evaluation Team.
    • Shall provide at least three (3) different sets of recent inspection reports carried out in the province of Ontario, including complete reports and diaries (from pre-production to post-production) for a project, signed and sealed, indicating that the key person was the reviewer or author of record for structures and projects that qualify for the applied specialty. In addition, provide at least three (3) samples of recent onsite inspection/audit reports prepared by each inspector submitted.
    • The Evaluation Team may request additional specific information related to the applied speciality as deemed necessary to carry out its evaluation.
    • Shall submit project specific references along with consultant appraisals for all project experience to establish the past experience of the firm and key personnel’s.


    Consultant Firms And Their Staff With North American Experience

    Out-of-Ontario firms and their staff in Canada and USA will be considered for MTO Registration as set out in the selection criteria for the specialities listed above. A Consulting firm and their staff will be considered qualified and will be registered if they are holders of a Certificate of Authorization from PEO, their engineers are registered as Professional Engineers in the Province of Ontario and their inspectors are PCI Level II certified. They can demonstrate in their application the equivalent and verifiable qualifications and past experience with other USA and/or Canadian jurisdictions similar to Ontario.



    Construction Administration - Low Complexity

    Low Complexity projects may include but are not limited to:

    - Bituminous, Concrete, Grading, Soils and Aggregates
    - Rural or Urban two-lane facilities
    - Highway Reconstruction
    - Mill & pave
    - Minor Intersection Improvements
    - Electrical work (illumination)
    - Aerial Utilities
    - Storm Sewer Systems
    - Minor Traffic Management and Detour required
    - Few routine environmental treatments

    In this category, a firm must provide resumes, project experience and supporting information to explain how the combination or mix of engineering content, traffic management requirements and project setting (extent of adjacent development) on past work, qualifies them for the low complexity rating.

    A firm must hold or be eligible to hold a Certificate of Authorization to practice Engineering in Ontario.

    The firm / key personnel must have the demonstrated experience in the last 5 years.

    Contract administration requires the consultant to have demonstrated experience and knowledge in highway engineering, highway construction specifications and standards, construction methods, managing change orders, defective material, schedule changes, public complaints and payment processes.

    Contract administrators must have a background in construction surveys, quantity measurements and materials testing methods and techniques. Contract administrators must have letter writing skills and the ability to chair progress meetings.

    References for all project experience must be provided.



    Construction Administration - Medium Complexity

    Medium Complexity projects may include but are not limited to:

    - Bituminous, Concrete, Grading, Soils and Aggregates
    - Rural or Urban multi-lane facilities
    - Highway Reconstruction and new Construction
    - Bridge Rehabilitation
    - Electrical work (illumination and signals)
    - Aerial and Buried Utilities such as hydro and bell
    - Storm Sewer Systems
    - Moderate Traffic Management and Detour required
    - Routine Environmental treatments

    In this category, a firm must provide resumes, project experience and supporting information to explain how the combination or mix of engineering content, traffic management requirements and project setting (extent of adjacent development) on past work, qualifies them for the medium complexity rating.

    A firm must hold or be eligible to hold a Certificate of Authorization to practice Engineering in Ontario.

    A firm / key personnel must have demonstrated experience in the last 5 years.

    Contract administration requires the consultant to have demonstrated experience and knowledge in highway engineering, highway construction specifications and standards, construction methods, managing change orders, defective material, schedule changes, public complaints and payment processes.

    Contract administrators must have a background in construction surveys, quantity measurements and materials testing methods and techniques. Contract administrators must have letter writing skills and the ability to chair progress meetings.

    Firms that have completed three (3) projects of Low Complexity with the ministry with the overall performance appraisal rating of satisfactory or better and/or can demonstrate that the key personnel have equivalent or greater experience in another jurisdiction or with another firm will be considered for Medium Complexity status.

    References for all project experience must be provided.

    The registration for low and medium complexities may occur simultaneously where the consultant can demonstrate sufficient experience as described above.


    Construction Administration - High Complexity

    High Complexity projects may include but are not limited to:

    - Bituminous, Concrete, Grading, Soils and Aggregates
    - Rural or Urban multi-lane facilities
    - Highway Reconstruction and new Construction
    - Bridge Rehabilitation and new Construction
    - Electrical work (illumination, signals and FTMS)
    - Aerial and Buried Utilities such as gas, oil & water mains
    - Storm Sewer Systems
    - Substantial Traffic Management and Detour required
    - Contact with several adjacent property owners and external agencies
    - Extensive environmental administration

    In this category, a firm must provide resumes, project experience and supporting information to explain how the combination or mix of engineering content, traffic management requirements and project setting (extent of adjacent development) on past work, qualifies them for the high complexity rating.

    A firm must hold or be eligible to hold a Certificate of Authorization to practice engineering in Ontario.

    A firm / key personnel must have demonstrated experience in the last 5 years.

    Contract administration requires the consultant to have demonstrated experience and knowledge in highway engineering, highway construction specifications and standards, construction methods, managing change orders, defective material, schedule changes, public complaints and payment processes.

    Contract administrators must have a background in construction surveys, quantity measurements and materials testing methods and techniques. Contract administrators must have letter writing skills and the ability to chair progress meetings.

    Firms that have completed three (3) projects of Medium Complexity with the ministry with the overall performance appraisal rating of satisfactory or better and/or can demonstrate that the key personnel have equivalent or greater experience in another jurisdiction or with another firm will be considered for High Complexity status.

    References for all project experience must be provided.

    The registration for low, medium, and high complexities may occur simultaneously where the consultant can demonstrate sufficient experience as described above.


    Submission Requirements

    Submissions shall include completion of Consultant Registration Form to provide criteria compliance information for relevant specialty categories.

    Additional submission requirements for the individual specialty categories that have certification programs will require firms to demonstrate staff is certified for the activities as described in the speciality category.