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7.11 Knowing quality costs reduces quality costs

Low Sui Pheng Chartridge Books Oxford ePub


A system for quantifying construction quality costs

7.1 Introduction

There are three components that make up quality costs: Prevention, Appraisal and Failure costs. The ISO 9000 standard introduces a quality management system that has been widely claimed would reduce the costs of business. One of the ways it does this is through a reduction in quality costs. The ISO 9000 quality management system establishes work procedures that reduce defects. Proper design and implementation of these work procedures lead to reduced wastage as more work would be done right the first time. Ultimately, the costs of operation would decrease. However, no study has been done based on the above premise. Although it has been widely claimed that ISO 9000 would reduce the costs of doing business, no studies have been undertaken within the context of ISO 9000 certified construction firms. Due to this vacuum, this chapter proposes a cost system to capture site quality costs. The aims of this chapter are to:

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22 What to do in Emergencies

Jorge Antonio Renaud University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter twenty-two

what to do in emergencies


his topic was the birthing idea for this book. In January of 1993, my brother fell ill and my family was not only unsure how to contact me— they did not know the procedure to follow so that I might attend his funeral after he died. This hurt my family and myself deeply, that I could not be there to receive and give comfort. The Texas prison system places many conditions on this type of furlough, but it is allowed. But in such a situation, time is of the essence. If you want to get your relative out in time to see his dying mother, or to attend a memorial service for his daughter, then you must follow TDCJ guidelines, especially the guidelines that specify the people authorized to contact TDCJ with the details of a situation.

For TDCJ officials, this is an issue loaded with problems. Most state officials are sincerely sorry when tragedy befalls the family members of convicts and they do not want to seem heartless. However, security is a priority, and the system cannot allow just anyone to call and say, “John

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37. Lab X-1 Revealing Alterations in Documents

Robert Bruce Thompson Maker Media, Inc ePub

Youll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)


Bottle, sprayer


Iodine crystals

Iodine/glycerol reagent



Slides, flat



Camera (optional)

Chlorine laundry bleach

Cotton swabs


Ink remover (optional)

Iodine fuming chamber (from Chapter19)



Scanner and software (optional)


Ultraviolet (UV) light source (optional)

Xylene (or toluene, paint thinner, etc.)

Specimens, paper, white

Specimen, pen, erasable ink

Specimens, pens/markers, assorted black

Perform this experiment only in a well-ventilated area. Acetone, alcohols, xylene, and other solvents are flammable. Iodine is toxic and corrosive, and iodine vapor is irritating. Chlorine bleach is toxic and corrosive. Read the MSDS for each chemical you use, and follow the instructions for safe handling and proper disposal. Wear splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing.

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3 “Pick on me”

Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter three

“Pick on me”

“I can drive any woman in Belgium crazy.”

—Abdelkrim Belachheb quoted from notes cited in trial testimony



ccording to Interpol Rabat documents, Abdelkrim Belachheb was in Morocco as late as June 21, 1963, when he assaulted and wounded a man in a knife fight. Months later, Interpol Washington has him in Europe at age nineteen. Where he went first and his movements for the next year and a half cannot be established with certainty. Various documents and conflicting testimony have him arriving in either France or Switzerland. There is no indication that his family had helped him to get to Europe or that they even knew where he was. The troubled son could merely have been a fugitive from justice who cared little for the concerns of his family.

While being processed in a Texas prison in 1984, Belachheb indicated that he went first to “Pepignons” in France. In this instance, he may have been telling the truth. During that same interview he admitted that he had lived in Fes from 1958 through 1962, which was consistent with what his father told ABC News in 1985.

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11 For the Defense

Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter eleven

For the Defense

“What I believe of what he tells me is irrelevant. From a pure legal standpoint, if he tells me he did something for some reason, I am legally obligated to take that story and try to prove it to the best of my ability.”

—Frank Jackson

Abdelkrim Belachheb’s Defense Attorney



ou now know what happened at Ianni’s on June 29, 1984, and now the defense is going to tell you why it happened.” So began the defense of Abdelkrim Belachheb.1

Belachheb’s wife, Joanie, was Jackson’s first witness. She began by describing how she and Belachheb first met and how they came to fall in love and marry. She described her husband as a Moroccan of the Berber Tribe and a Shiite Muslim. As she responded to

Jackson’s questions, she revealed the details of their unusual relationship—one where love and violence coexisted. She described her husband as “sick enough to kill.” She said that she had told many of her friends that he was a time bomb waiting to explode.

But she also said that he could be warm, loving, and sharing.

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