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Re: Design Checking - Here and Now and Future of Engineering

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Related to design checking, how many engineering departments have a documented internal QA program for design and CAD functions?  It would be interesting to hear any advice or recommendations from list members related to such programs--how are they setup, what works, what doesn't.
 
My company's program is modeled after ISO9001 and provides a system for continuous feedback and improvement in addition to providing consistency between engineers and CAD technicians.  The program provides detailed procedures for things such as project workflow, training, use of standard calculations, design assumptions, and the technical formatting of engineering DWG's.  The system is enforced through continuous review of each employee, whereby each employee receives a monthly performance report based on the QA objectives.  The objectives and review process push self-review and accountability to the lowest levels. Overall the program seems to be more successful with the output of the design engineers verses the output of the CAD technicians.
 
Regards,
 
Eric Tompos
NTA, Inc.