Think’s Human Factors approach delivers real safety benefits, increased efficiency and reduced costs through improved Human Performance. We use Human Centred Design principles, tools and methodologies to integrate Human Factors in the project life-cycle, support concept development and deliver cost-efficient solutions into operations.
THE ROLE OF HUMAN FACTORS WITHIN ATM
Within any ATM operational system, smooth interaction between users and other components is critical in delivering an effective, safe and cost-efficient day-to-day service to aircraft. These effective system interactions are especially important when implementing new solutions to maximise the performance benefits.
The consideration of Human Factors throughout all phases of concept development and implementation enables the timely identification of any potential issues while still in the early stages. This both mitigates additional costs where possible and provides full opportunity to capitalise on staff’s expert insight to improve final solutions.
In the latter stages of maturity, Human Performance Assessment applied within the validation process can ascertain overall usability, confirm human performance benefits such as optimal workload and enhanced situational awareness, and identify key considerations for the transition into operations. Once a solution is in place, periodic follow-up assessments monitor performance trends and highlight any interoperability issues.
At Think, we have a history of incorporating a human-centric approach into everything we do. Integration of Human Factors yields the most value when applied from initial concept development through to post-implementation support. It is only through the consistent involvement of the end users that a solution can be introduced without unexpected negative impacts to Human Performance and user acceptability. By confirming that the demands of the solution fall within the bounds of human capabilities, a crucial change process can be considerably de-risked.
By including Human Factors experts in your project team, we can develop a tailored user-centred methodology to ensure that the human operator will benefit from the solution rather than be hindered by it. This involves regular consultation with users and stakeholders to positively direct and prioritise development. This role later shifts to assessment at increasing levels of fidelity to expose any shortcomings in the human-machine interaction. This may range from workshops and paper exercises, to real-time simulation and shadow-mode trials, depending on the solution’s characteristics. We can provide the assurance you need as to whether your investment will bear fruit in the form of overall benefit to operations.
HCD METHODS EXPLORATION
Through a pursuit of the Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach, a vast number of methodologies have been developed by Human Factors practitioners. As part of our support to ATM clients, we either identify the ideal methods or develop a novel methodology where appropriate to generate the outputs needed to recommend the optimal decision supported by robust evidence. The interactive exploration below gives an appreciation of the HCD methods best suited at each stage of ATM development.
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Validation exercises require resources such as ATCO participation and sim facilities but also demand a heavy investment in concept prototyping and iteration. This makes it critical that the validation data generated through each activity of the validation exercises is appropriate and supports the arguments.
In order to ensure effectiveness of the validation strategy, we are committed to providing a tailored methodology consisting of the most suitable collection methods and metrics. We also use adaptive skills and experience to react to unforeseen circumstances and take advantage of opportunities to salvage the required outputs.
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Confidence is needed for ANSPs and the wider industry to transition more concepts to benefit their operations and operational staff. This accelerates the industry’s technical growth and enables tools and procedures to keep pace with long-term traffic growth.
Think’s Human Factors consultants are able to bridge the gap between SESAR and the transition into implementation by engaging with stakeholders and identifying gaps for further assessments. We can gather the necessary evidence to deliver a solution to implementation, included exploration of non-nominal, low workload and contingency scenarios where appropriate..
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Jonathan Twigger is an ATM consultant specialising in Human Performance and human-in-the-loop concept validation. He has coordinated several validation projects for NATS R&D and developed expertise within the SESAR 2020 research programme. In Wave 1, Jonathan held the role of Solution Lead for PJ.02-01.
Hanna Neroj is an ATM Consultant specialising in Human Factors & Safety. She has previous experience working on various SESAR solutions with an Air Navigation Services Agency, where she was involved in validation planning activities, including RTS execution and HP data collection & analysis. She has also spent one year in EUROCONTROL’s Validation Team as an intern, where she was involved in Free Route Airspace implementation study
As well as being a Human Factors specialist, Diana Toma has extensive experience working with various ATC stakeholder representatives, ANSP’s and has also been involved in key SESAR projects during her career. She has significant technical knowledge and experience running projects from concept development through to validation.