Friday 16th Nov, 2018

New research leads to human error assessment tools

Photo: AMC
Photo: AMC

NEW research at the Australian Maritime College aims to make shipping safer by providing new methodologies to estimate the probability of human error during routine maintenance.

AMC lecturer in marine engineering Dr Rabiul Islam has conducted research that is to provide a comprehensive source of knowledge and techniques to better understand the human factors associated with maintenance activities.

The methodologies and tools developed by Dr Islam will be used for human reliability assessment for the shipping industry.

“The unique and user-friendly tools will help the chief engineer or captain to quickly estimate human error probability, rather than following step-by-step procedures,” Dr Islam said.

“They could also be used as guidance for ship owners, operators, masters and classification societies to better prepare, prioritise and sort the maintenance activities for safe and reliable on-board maintenance operations to reduce the potential of accident occurrence.”

Dr Islam started his career as a marine engineer and was awarded a PhD in maritime engineering in2017. He conducted part of his research at the Centre for Risk, Integrity and Safety Engineering (C-RISE) of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada as a visiting research scholar.

“I am looking forward to seeing the developed methodologies and tools applied to the maintenance operations of marine systems in real-life scenarios by the shipping industry, and to see the reduction of maritime accidents due to human error,” Dr Islam said.

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