The Meaning of FRAM



The FRAM Sandbox Facility

Extending the capabilities of the FMV

There is an increasing interest in utilising the FRAM approach for the analysis of what exactly is going on in complex sociotechnical systems in practical high hazard environments. There are, for example, a number of ongoing projects at the moment in aviation, self-driving vehicles and, of course, on the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic for healthcare responses. But as well as these practical applications there is an increasing interest from the academic community, in extending and developing further, the underpinning concepts, as shown in the recent review (below)

The Meaning of FRAM

In the first presentations of FRAM, the acronym was used to mean Functional Resonance Accident Model.

It however soon became clear that FRAM was a method rather than a model, and the acronym now stands for Functional Resonance Analysis Method.

The acronym was also chosen because it means 'forward,' in Norwegian and Swedish.

FRAM is also the name of a ship that between 1893 and 1912 was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions by Fridtjov Nansen, Roald Amundsen, and other Norwegian explorers. FRAM is said to be the wooden ship to have sailed farthest north (85°57' N) and farthest south (78°41' S).

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