Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Engineering equipment – coping with the human element!

31 January 2012

Engineering has become an extremely advanced field and as a profession our daily routine and challenges would have been seen as science fiction 50 years ago. Yet things sometimes go wrong – at great cost, sometimes of human life. Dr Guy Gratton, FIMechE will show how this is often not due to failings of either the equipment, or the operators: but of the interfaces between them, and the training and approaches taken to manage the human / machine interface. The aviation industry has led the way in this with concepts such as SHELL, Crew Resource Management and no-blame accident reporting, but whilst in aviation these concepts continue to be improved and airline safety is now targeting 1x10-9 fatal accident rates, many of these techniques are somewhat less familiar in engineering or medicine and hence too often accidents rates are higher. Dr Gratton will show how these concepts have been adopted and improved within aviation, and offer suggestions for how they might work elsewhere.
Presented by: Dr. Guy Gratton, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Aeronautics School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University.

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Engineering equipment – coping with the human element!

: Presented by: Dr. Guy Gratton, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Aeronautics School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University

Duration: 1:20