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RPD International Fast-track to ISO 13485 for medical device product development
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Guildmore Construction Raising standards and supporting growth with UKAS accredited ISO certification

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It's all very well us talking about what we can do, but what about our track record? What have we actually achieved and what did our customers say about us afterwards?

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RPD International Fast-track to ISO 13485 for medical device product development
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Guildmore Construction Raising standards and supporting growth with UKAS accredited ISO certification
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Active-PCB Solutions AS 9100 Rev D and ISO 9001: 2015 for high-spec electronics manufacture
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BW Offshore Strategic benchmarking of management systems.
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Orange Chemicals Smooth ISO 9001 transition for chemical distributor
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Infrata Slimline tonic for expanding LTA consultancy
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Aerocomponents AS 9100 Rev D for aerospace and F1 manufacturer
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Nouveau Solutions ISO 27001 Information Security for Managed IT Services
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Purple Leisure Services ISO 9001:2015 transition for gym equipment installers
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Infrata ISO 9001:2015 certification for lenders technical advisors
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Self Adhesive Supplies ISO 9001:2015 transition for 3M Premier Distributor
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Oakland Consulting Strategic quality programme for complex industrial equipment
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Connect Catering ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001 for catering services
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Global Energy Supply chain quality framework, guidelines and tools
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Maersk Due diligence partner review
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Petrofac Collaborative working and maturity assessment
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Archive

ISO 9001:2015 Gap Assessment and Action Plan

An emerging IT infrastructure and services provider needed a plan for achieving certification initially to ISO 9001, then ISO 27001...

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Strategic Quality Review of Hydraulic Crane Installers

In association with Oakland Consulting. With the installation of its cranes largely outsourced, this world-leading manufacturer needed an assessment of the global installation landscape in terms of quality capability...

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ISO 9001:2015 Transition for 3M Premier Distributor

An adhesive products distributer with clients in the aerospace and automotive sectors needed help to transition their quality management system from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015...

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ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Lenders Technical Advisors

This small consultancy firm specializes in providing technical advice to lenders throughout the life of construction projects, from proposal through financial closure, due diligence, construction monitoring and operations monitoring...

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ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001 for Catering Services

With catering sites at over 70 locations, the head office of this national provider required a consultant on a long-term basis to support and develop their business management system in compliance with ISO 9001, 14001 and ISO 50001...

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ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Water Asset Management

This client came to us as a start-up business offering project management and consulting services in water asset management. The directors had established a fast-track schedule to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification....

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Design Assurance Framework for ISO 9001

We were pleased to be engaged by this global supplier of fabrication, installation and refurbishment services to the oil, gas and wind power industries...

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Strategic Quality Programme for Hydraulic Cranes

In association with Oakland Consulting. This client had recently outsourced all component manufacturing whilst retaining in-house mechanical, hydraulic and electronic assembly operations...

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Quality Risk and Criticality in GSS Procurement

In association with Global SCS. Qfactorial was engaged to develop a strategic framework for embedding risk-based quality management into transactional procurement activity carried out in a remote (India), global shared services (GSS) function...

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Supply Chain Quality Framework, Guidelines and Tools

In association with Global SCS. Qfactorial was engaged to develop a framework, guidelines and tools for enhancing and standardizing supply chain quality management across six continents...

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Management System Strategy, Design and Specification

Qfactorial was engaged to develop a framework and programme for the introduction of a business management system (BMS) for this global energy services business...

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Lessons Learned Process Improvement

Qfactorial was asked to develop a new and improved process for “lessons learned”, itself drawing upon the lessons of previous attempts to establish a process within the business management system (BMS)...

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Due Diligence Partner Review

Qfactorial took part in a review of pre-unit arrangements for Johan Sverdrup, one of the largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf...

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Decision Dimensions for Defining Management Systems

A well-known, international management consultancy were looking for expert insights into the design choices being made by organizations when defining their management systems...

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BMS Awareness Survey

A large project engineering organization commissioned Qfactorial to carry out an independent survey of user awareness and satisfaction in relation to their online business management system (BMS)...

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Team Building for Process Safety Review

A large, international, multi-disciplined team had been selected to carry out a process safety review at offshore oil and gas production facilities and onshore offices in Qatar.

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Work Sharing in Virtual Project Teams

Concern about maximising the performance of virtual teams for project delivery prompted this international engineering organization to request an independent review of current arrangements for work sharing...

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Process Safety Performance Analysis

Having completed comprehensive process safety reviews for its operations in the North Sea, Middle East and Kazakhstan, this oil and gas operator was faced with a mountain of findings requiring analysis to identify trends...

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Project Performance Investigation

Two significant oil and gas equipment supply projects were coming to an end.  The UK-based contractor had realized that there were significant lessons to be learned from both projects and requested an investigation into the causes of delays and cost overruns...

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Interim QHSE and Business Improvement Manager

A UK based structural and mechanical equipment supplier for the offshore oil and gas industry needed an interim manager for its corporate QHSE and Business Improvement function following recent high turnover in the manager’s position...

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Mind Mapping as a Tool for Auditing

When planning an audit of the HQ operations of a Nordic oil and gas operator, it was decided to experiment with the use of mind maps as tools for delivering the audit.

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Audit of Contractor Management Arrangements

A small onshore oil producer in Kazakhstan had developed, as part of its management system, a process and tools for managing contractors...

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ISO 9001 Manufacturing Gap Assessment

A UK based equipment supplier for the offshore oil and gas industry, normally dependent on outsourced manufacturing, had acquired a manufacturing unit specializing in hydraulic equipment...

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Strategic Audit Programme

This client was struggling to maintain and deliver its internal and supplier audit programmes and was concerned about the risk to product quality and its OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001 certification...

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Global Process Audit – Project Stage Gates

As part of this oil company’s transformational change initiative, a new project stage-gate process had been introduced. The Global Process Owner required an independent view of the process, not only from a compliance perspective...

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Support Function Gap Analysis

This assignment required the assembly and leadership of an international, multi-disciplined audit team to evaluate the F&A, IT, HSSEQ, HR, legal, commercial and procurement capabilities of an oil and gas exploration unit in Angola...

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Achilles Verify QRM Working Group

As company representative on the Achilles Verify Group for the Norwegian and Danish sectors of the North Sea oil and gas industry, a hands-on contribution was made to the development of the Quality Risk Management (QRM) audit scheme...

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Management of Change

With poor Management of Change (MoC) recognized as one of the main contributory factors in process safety incidents, the target was to raise the standard of MoC across the global organization...

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Business Case for a Global Management System

Whilst there was no resistance to the idea of a common global management system, the challenge was to find a solution that would be accepted in 8 business units of varying size, resource, maturity, operational focus, language and culture...

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Corporate Audit Programme

A corporate audit programme was required to assess conformity and effectiveness with respect to a new suite of corporate HSSEQ standards and business processes.

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IRCA Approved Lead Auditor Training Course

To support the development of corporate and local audit programmes to meet business, project and supply-chain objectives, and to ensure the quality, consistency and credibility of auditors across the global organization...

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Corporate HSSEQ Standards for Process Safety

The company had identified corporate standards to be prepared to strengthen its global assurance of process safety. First, a framework was established for the standards activity...

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ISO 14001 Certification Programme

This was an assignment to obtain ISO 14001 certification for global oil and gas production operations, starting with gap analysis and including tendering, selection and mobilisation of an accredited certification body...

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Global Process Safety Training Programme

With process safety high on the corporate agenda, a global training programme was required to raise awareness of its importance at all levels...

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Building an International Quality Organization

Following the company’s FTSE floatation, the CEO of the Engineering & Construction Division required expert input to re-structure and strengthen the global Quality team to achieve a step change in quality performance...

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eBMS Designed and Certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

The initial scope of this assignment was to design and develop an online business management system (eBMS) for Petrofac’s UK Engineering Services operations, achieving ISO9001 certification...

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EFQM and Integrated Business Improvement Plan

The assignment was to lead the transformation of the company’s traditional, ISO9002 compliance-based quality system into a fully integrated management system, including certification to ISO9001and AS9100.

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Quality Cost Reduction by Process Mapping

The company was experiencing repeated and expensive nonconformity during complex machining of large, high value, critical aircraft components...

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Business Continuity Plan

This was a project to create the first business continuity plan for this heavy engineering company, in the context of rapid expansion, high risk business development strategy and Y2K / “Millennium Bug” concerns.

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Kaizen and Shop Floor SOPs

As part of a Kaizen improvement initiative, the brief was to work directly with machine shop personnel and develop a user-friendly format for standard operating procedures.

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Paperless Management Systems

Although shop-floor operations were widely computerized, office administration activities were largely paper-based. After a crash-course in MS Access database programmin.,..

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Rescuing ISO 9001 and AS 9100 Certification

This family run business specialized in machining of complex metallic components, including gas turbine casings and aircraft landing gear...

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Merger of Corporate Management Systems

Following the merger of M&M into the PB group, there was a need to restructure and extend the management system to include new operations in the UK, Switzerland and Spain...

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ISO 9001 Gap Analysis and Closure

A global firm of consulting engineers engaged in major infrastructure projects – roads, bridges, railways, airports – had initiated quality programs in its New York, Singapore and Madrid offices...

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ISO 9001 Certification for Infrastructure Consulting Engineers

This was an assignment to guide the Hong Kong operation towards ISO 9001 certification. With significant airport and MTR projects keeping everyone busy, spreading the workload was essential...

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Integrated Quality and Safety Management System

This joint venture between Maunsell and Parsons Brinckerhoff specialized in railway systems design, primarily for Railtrack and LUL...

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ISO 9001 Model for Small Consultancy Offices

A small profit centre within a larger organization, the Economic Studies unit needed to obtain stand-alone ISO 9001 certification to cover its advisory and reporting work...

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ISO 9001 Certification for Building Services Consultancy

This small building services consultancy operation required a documented management system to meet their specific business needs and obtain ISO 9001 certification...

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ISO 9001 for International Consulting Engineers

A large and well-established firm of consulting engineers working in the international power generation and distribution sector needed a quality management system to achieve certification

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Quality Plan for Factory Closure and Production Relocation

Following a business merger and a strategic decision to relocate production operations, this large-scale mechanical engineering company took several risk mitigation actions…

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Quality Cost Reduction for MOD Nuclear Projects

A manufacturer of high-specification equipment for nuclear defence applications was embarking on a cost reduction programme aimed at reducing rework, waste and inefficiency in production...

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Quality Programmes for Nuclear Fabrication Projects

This world-renowned manufacturer of power and process plant equipment required quality programmes to be developed and implemented for a range of civil nuclear products...

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