We always joke that the only person who thinks you’re special is your mother. Well in the case of construction, not only does your mother think you’re special, but depending on your construction methods the building code thinks you’re special too!
Special Processes – is defined as any process that when complete can look like it was done correctly even if it was done incorrectly. That’s what makes it special, and that is why the building code invokes “Special Inspections.” In our industry, Cell Tower construction, maintenance, and modifications, we perform many special processes, described below:
Concrete – if you used the wrong mix, or didn’t put any rebar in, it looks fine but could be a fraction of the required strength.
Coring & Epoxy – Yes there is a piece of all thread bar sticking out, and the hole is filled with epoxy. What if the epoxy was bad, or it didn’t adhere to the concrete, or it wasn’t deep enough?
Welding – my favorite, and probably the coolest of all the special processes. You can have the best looking weld, but if they used the wrong filler metal, or buried defects, or didn’t bevel the plates, you could have a weld that will fail much sooner than designed.
In short, there is a reason they’re special. Treat them as such, and it will produce a quality product for everyone to enjoy – your employees, your company, your customers, and the people who live/work in the vicinity of whatever you’re building. At the end of the day, that’s what your customer is paying you to do!