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SAFEMODE Human Assurance Toolkit


Calmac joined our sequence of interviews to evaluate the Human Assurance Toolkit. Feedback was provided about the usability of three factsheets: TRACEr, Focus Group and Safety Culture

  • Are you interested in Error Identification and Analysis methods? Click on TRACEr.
  • More interested in generating information about a design? Have a look at the method Focus Group.

Or would you like to learn more about safety from an organizational perspective? Go to Safety Culture.


SAFEMODE Human Assurance Toolkit


We are continuing with the interviews evaluating the SAFEMODE Human Assurance Toolkit. Wuhan University provided feedback on two Error Identification and Analysis Techniques: TRACEr and HAZOP. This was the first of the two interviews organised with Wuhan University.

Are Error Identification and Analysis Techniques of interest for your work? To find out more about this work or take part in the evaluations, please get in touch with us!


We are evaluating the Human Assurance Toolkit


We are evaluating one of the main SAFEMODE outputs, the Human Assurance Toolkit. It gives an overview of Human Factors processes, models and techniques that ensure that the human is accounted for when designing a new system or performing a safety assessment. 

For the evaluation, Deep Blue meets with different SAFEMODE end users that provide their feedback in semi-structured interviews. The end users evaluate the applicability, content and usability of specific factsheets and the toolkit as a whole.


Level of Automation Taxonomy


SAFEMODE has put together a toolkit in which an overview of different Human Factors methods is given. As part of the work some of the methods are further developed and refined. One of these methods is the LOAT (Level of Automation Taxonomy). The LOAT guides the classification of the Level of Automation of a designed functionality and additionally provides indications to whether the employed Level of Automation is suitable. 

Until recently the LOAT was used by consulting a table, but now we are working on designing an interactive tool, the LOAT-IT (Level of Automation Taxonomy-Inspection Tool). It guides the user step by step through the process. Evaluation activities within the SAFEMODE consortium have started and will bring fruitful input for design improvements


Case Study #1 Air Traffic Control Real Time Simulation


This week, SAFEMODE is running an air traffic control real simulation on the aviation case study #1 about a new En-route/Cruise Wake Turbulence alert and enhance flight and passengers safety.


The simulation takes place at @HUNGAROCONTROL  Simulation Hub in Budapest, in partnership with #EUROCONTROL, #ENAC and #UNISAP and #TUI Airways to represent the Pilot view.


It involves Air Traffic Controllers to assess the human factors aspects such as human-machine interface (HMI), phraseology and overall operational acceptability.


Beside questionnaires and subjective evaluation, human factors assessment also rely on objective measurements with workload measures and Air Traffic Controllers equipment: eye-tracking for the alert detection and reaction, and stress measures (GSR).