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27 July 2018

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News: Airbus Trains Engineering Students to Apply Human Hazard Analysis

Airbus Helicopters has been working with France’s Polyaero (Aix-Marseille University) to give aerospace engineering students experience in applying Human Hazard Analysis techniques to optimising the design and maintenance processes. The students, who are potentially future maintenance and design engineers, recently completed the second training module in a series that uses virtual reality technology and is delivered through a partnership between Airbus and Optis World.

Using 3D printed parts and cardboard, the students were asked to make a variety of real size and weight components from the cockpit of an H175 aircraft, and then explore maintenance procedures for these items. The goal was to focus on both design and maintenance tasks from an ergonomic perspective to consider ways to reduce the potential for introducing safety risks through human error. The students wore virtual reality goggles and used virtual manikins during the exercises to enable get a sense of how parts could be accessed in a real aircraft. Each team of students then had to present the outcome of their work to the class using by producing a digitised and optimised job card.

Polyaero and Airbus have plans to extend the training by using augmented reality technology to apply digitised maintenance procedures to aircraft in the hangar.

Airbus pioneered the development of Human Hazard Analysis for its fixed wing aircraft. More recently, it has worked with HeliOffshore to apply the safety-driven processes to improve design and maintenance of helicopters. “This is further evidence of the potential for Human Hazard Analysis to progressively help the industry to mitigate the potential for human errors to undermine safety,” said Scott Carmichael, project manager for HeliOffshore’s System Reliability & Resilience workstream.

To learn more about Human Hazard Analysis read this article by HeliOffshore experts Dr Simon Gill, Dr Hazel Courteney and Scott Carmichael published by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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