Geolaboratory benchmarking, 2005 2006
In 2005 the geological surveys of Norway (NGU), Finland (GTK) and Great Britain (BGS) took part in a joint benchmarking exercise to compare practices, performance, strategies etc. at the survey laboratories. The ultimate purpose of the exercise was to provide a benchmark for improving laboratory performance, and help each laboratory and its parent survey prepare for up-coming strategic challenges. The laboratories are different in scales: NGU has the smallest laboratory operated at 19 manpower years (MPY) and GTK has the largest with 115 MPY. The BGS laboratories emplyed 44 MPY. The survey laboratories also have differing strategies with regards to commercial operation. Where the NGU laboratories bill 95% of the data production internally, the internal services at GTK and BGS laboratories accounts for only 50 and 35% respectively. In terms of relative spending in administration and production, R&D, level of investment, earnings, applications and equipment, as well as future expectations the laboratories are with a few exceptions remarkably analgous. The BGS and GTK laboratories carry a somewhat wider portfolio than the smaller NGU-Lab, and in particular GTK has a high throughput of analyses of extracts and digests, more than 20 times that of NGU and BGS. All three laboratories are accredited to EN-17025 for the majority of their methods. This report presents a compilation of data from both a range of individual laboratory services as well as the geosurvey labroatories and their host institutions in general. Scoreboards and detailed performance critics are not included in this report. Conclusions based on this exercise are intended to be drawn by each institution internally.
Evaluering NGU-Lab, 2005