Quality assurance system in a small surveying firm

Beer, Craig (2006) Quality assurance system in a small surveying firm. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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This dissertation examines the application of the ISO9000:2000 series to a quality
assurance system in a small workplace environment. The environment of choice
is a small surveying and engineering partnership based in Port Macquarie N.S.W.
The partnership has six full time and three part-time employees. The goal of this
application was to improve the overall efficiency and productivity of the
workplace while also maintaining or raising the level of quality assurance for the
The methodology that was used was the process of gap analysis, which involves
looking at current processes and filling the “gap” to reach the required level for
the ISO9000: 2000 series. The objective is to allowing a greater access to other
customer areas and governmental sectors that will only deal with an ISO9000:
2000 approved business.
After a series of proposed changes to the workplace, a set of new systems have
been introduced which have met the ISO 9000 standard and achieved a level of
efficiency required by a small business to remain profitable while still assuring
quality. Many of the changes considered were found to be unsatisfactory and
were unsuitable for the workplace, but using the dynamic approach to finding
alternatives, solutions eventually presented themselves and were an improvement
on the former systems.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: ISO9000; quality assurance (QA); total quality management (TQM); gap analysis
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2399

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