Let t(N, q) be the smallest size of a complete arc in the N-dimensional projective space PG (N, q) over the Galois field of order q. The d-length function ℓq(r, R, d) is the smallest length of a q-ary linear code of codimension (redundancy) r, covering radius R, and minimum distance d; in particular, ℓq(4, 3, 5 ) is the smallest length n of an [ n, n- 4, 5 ]q3 quasi-perfect MDS code. By the definitions, ℓq(4, 3, 5 ) = t(3, q). In this paper, a step-by-step construction of complete arcs in PG (3, q) is considered. It is proved that uncovered points are uniformly distributed in the space. A natural conjecture on quantitative estimations of the construction is presented. Under this conjecture, new upper bounds on t(3, q) are obtained, in particular, t(3,q) < 2.93 (q ln q)^(1/3)
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