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ASFE Revises CoMET Proposal Insertion
February 18, 2010

ASFE, the Geoprofessional Business Association, has published a newly revised model advisory for firms that provide construction materials engineering and testing (CoMET) services. Titled Important Information about This Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) Quality-Assurance Proposal, the document was developed by ASFE’s Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Committee for insertion into member firms’ CoMET proposals (typically issued to owners) to help prevent misunderstandings and the disputes misunderstandings can lead to.

The document advises owners to:

  • understand the difference between quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC);
  • recognize that there is no such thing as a “standard” CoMET QA proposal;
  • realize that CoMET consultants do not direct contractors’ actions;
  • realize that definitions can vary;
  • read the fine print and ask questions to avoid nasty surprises;
  • require professional-liability insurance (PLI);
  • and more.

The new proposal advisory is designed for insertion into proposals, to provide guidance from an industry-wide, profession-wide perspective. Only ASFE-Member Firms are permitted to use the document as an insert sheet. Others can use it to develop language of their own. For those that are not members of ASFE, the cost of the document is $50 per copy. It can be ordered from ASFE’s website,

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