GHD case study- For smooth and compliant management of your standards simply log-in

 

GHD subscribes to SAI Global's Standards On-Line Premium service, which provides subscribers with instant online access to all the latest Australian and New Zealand Standards - literally with two clicks of a mouse.

 

With services spanning infrastructure, mining and industry, property and building, defence and environmental services, GHD has earned a reputation for innovation and forward thinking. It has a team of leading architects, engineers, and other professional services experts.

 

Accessing the latest versions of the vast number and variety of Australian Standards® necessary for the smooth, compliant management of its many projects is a significant requirement for GHD. And, in a global, competitive environment, the faster, speedier and more accurate that access is, the better.

 

Sue Godwin is GHD's Knowledge Information Services Administrator. Based in Brisbane, it is Sue's role to manage and maintain the company's extensive store of information and databases in a library that is available to the company's staff worldwide. This includes standards, which are, according to Sue, regarded as “the bible of the profession”. Keeping up-to-date with their vast collection of Standards used to be what Sue terms a “huge” maintenance task. It involved not only purchasing and taking physical delivery of standards and amendments, but also ensuring that the documents were strictly controlled to ensure accuracy and compliance; no mean feat in a company that has grown rapidly in both size and geographic location in the past ten years or so.

 

The clear savings with the Standards On-Line service initially swayed management, but the ongoing benefits have proved enormous as well. It is reliable, cost effective and has made life easier for everyone concerned.

Sue Godwin

Knowledge Information Services Administrator

 

So it's easy to understand why, when Sue heard about Standards On-Line, a web-based annual subscription service that enables subscribers to instantly access the most up-to-date Australian and international standards, 24 hours a day, she leapt at the chance to try it out.

 

In fact, Sue Godwin and GHD were one of the first to subscribe to the service when it was first released back in 1999.

 

I first undertook a large feasibility study which included assessing expenditure on standards by all offices annually and comparing this with the price of comparable Standards On-Line subscriptions. The clear savings with the Standards On-Line service initially swayed management, but the ongoing benefits have proved enormous, as well

Sue Godwin

Not only do all GHD staff have 24-hour access to current publications without the overheads associated with storing and maintaining hard copies in a large number of office locations, they also love the service. They simply access it with an automatic log-in through the intranet, and away they go. They couldn’t live without it. It is reliable, cost effective and has made life easier for everyone concerned.

Sue Godwin

 

Who? GHD, one of the world's top 30 multi-disciplinary engineering companies.

 

What ? GHD subscribes to SAI Global's StandardsOn-Line Premium service.

 

Why? Referencing the latest standards is essential to ongoing operations and critical for compliance.

 

When? A GHD feasibility study revealed instant cost and administrative savings and the company subscribed as soon as the Standards On-Line was released in 1999.

 

How? A simple log on via the GHD intranet and all the latest standards are instantly available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.