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)
These groups are thus interested in taking the modelling power of the FRAM approach to the next level. Their interests include exploring in more detail how interactions occur and how the effects of variability can be addressed and predicted more formally, as well as enabling dynamic visualisation of processes and the quantification of expected outcomes.
What makes this now more attractive, has been the development of a rigorous model checking methodology, the FRAM Model Interpreter, FMI (Hollnagel, E,) (www.safetysynthesis.com )
To support these developments the FRAM Model Visualiser has also been given extra facilities, which now include an option to use, what is essentially a laboratory sand box to provide research laboratory experimental facilities for different groups to utilise.
From time to time, it is planned to add additional features that are still under development and not officially released as part of the FMV Pro version, but may be made available to groups for the purposes of experimentation and feedback from the users.
Building on the FMI functionality, the metadata feature in the FMV, now provides the ability to calculate metadata values as Functions are activated during the FMI cycles.
The manual details these here
The calculations are expressed as user defined equations that can reference other metadata keys, standard variables, standard mathematical functions, logic conditions, and mathematical operators. One or two resulting metadata values can then be expressed as a coloured visualisation within each function. The colours and value ranges can be customised by the user.
When you Ctrl-Click a Function, or select and press Ctrl-M, the metadata section will appear above the model in the visualiser window and display the extended features.
The first two text boxes are for entering metadata as a list of key/value pairs, as is already available in the standard FMV Pro versions. A Key is entered in the first box shaded grey, but it will not be saved for the selected Function until a Value or an Equation is also entered for that Key. The corresponding Value is entered in the second text box.
When a Key is saved for a Function, It will be shown along with all saved Key names when any other Function is selected. As such, the Key names become common across all Functions. However, the corresponding Values are unique to each individual Function.
Key names can be used as Variable names and referenced in Equations if they start with a capital letter (this is to differentiate between Variables and mathematical functions).
To calculate the Value of a Key for a Function (when it is activated by the FMI) click the ‘=’ button and another text input box will appear for entering an equation.
Equations can contain Key names to reference other Values that appear above them in the same Function, or Standard Variables can be used to reference Values from upstream Functions, connected by couplings that are activated during the FMI cycles. This is explained in further sections.
To turn the equation off, click the ‘=’ button again (this is a toggle button) and the equation will disappear, it is still saved but will not be used to calculate the Value.
The next section is a list of available mathematical functions and variables available for use in Equations. You can switch between these two types by using the Functions/Variables toggle buttons above the list. The Variables list is initially empty but will be populated as you create Keys and make selections within the model.
The top colour range is used to display results in the inside top of each function, the bottom range in the inside bottom of each function. Click on any of the three main colour circles to change the colour. The intermediate colours are blended from the three main colours.
The number boxes below the colour ranges are used to convert the Values to the colour range for dsiplay.
The last two text boxes on the right labeled ‘Key 1’ and ‘Key 2’ are for selecting which of the Keys provide values for displaying the results, Key 1 for the top range and Key 2 for the bottom range.
The programme for the 2016 FRAMily meeting is here.
Alastair Ross, Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Anabela Simões, Professor, Universidade Lusófona
Ângelo Teixeira, Professor, CENTEC
Arie Adriaensen, Safety researcher, Safety consultant
Bart Accou, Head of Methods and safety manag., Infrabel
Benedicte Schou, Risk Manager, Mental Health services - Capital region, Denmark
Carlos Guedes Soares, Professor, CENTEC
Christian Beckert, Captain, German Air Line Pilots' Association
Cristina Martelli, Associate professor, Department of Statistics, UniFi
David Slater, Professor, Cardiff University
Dominic Furniss, Senior research associate, University College London
Doug Smith, PhD Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Duncan McNab, Associate adviser in patient safety and quality improvement, NHS education for Scotland
Erik Hollnagel, Professor, Centre for Quality - University of Southern Denmark
Fernando Santos, CENTEC
Flora Salvatori, Research fellow, Department of Statistics, UniFi
François Laporte, Conceiller, Infrabel
Georg Effenberger, Head of Prevention Department, Austrian Workers´ Compensation Board
Gianluca Del pinto, Air traffic controller, ANACNA
Heinrich Kuhn, Professor, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Ivonne Herrera, Adjunct Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Jaap Hamming, Prof. Of surgery, Leiden University - Medical Centre
Jan van Schaik, Vascular Surgeon, Leiden University - Medical Centre
Jeanette Hounsgaard, Deputy Manager, Centre for Quality - University of Southern Denmark
Joana da Guia, CENTEC
Karen Ørnebjerg, Risk Manager, Mental Health services - Capital region, Denmark
Marcus Arenius, Research Fellow, University of Kassel
Maria André, Técnica Superior, GPIAA – Gabinete de Prevenção e Investigação de Acidentes com Aeronaves
Marit de Vos, PhD researcher, Leiden University - Medical Centre
Nicolas Wertz, Ingenieur FOH, Infrabel
Nippin Anand, Principal Specialist Safety Man. Sys., DNV-GL
Pedro Ferreira, CENTEC Tecnico
Ray Master, Director Loss prevention/safety consultant, Construction risk partners
Riccardo Patriarca, PhD Stud. (MSc Aeronautical Engineering), University of Rome
Roberto Gnesotto, MD, MPH, MSc ,Doctors with Africa/Cuamm
Romano Luisoni, Risk Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland
Simon Albery, Safety Innovation Leader, THIESS
Vivek Menon, Maritime Health & Safety consultant, SeaHealth
Jeanette Hounsgaard: FRAM and implementation of Safeward
Nippin Anand: Boxing and dancing - The challenges of enforcement in global shipping
Gianluca Del Pinto: FRAM model applied to the Aerodrome Air Traffic Control to manage the variability in regard of runway incursion
Simon Albery: The visualisation of FRAM
Benedicte Schou: Use of the FRAM as Accident Analysis tool in Risk Management
Marcus Arenius: From quantitative to qualitative: Transforming quantitative data regarding the distribution of visual attention into a representation compatible with FRAM
Riccardo Patriarca: Monte Carlo simulation to assess performance variability in the FRAM
Cristina Martelli: FRAM visualizer and relational databases integrated approach: potentialities and perspectives
David Slater (submitted after FRAMily meeting): FRAM as a "front end" to quantification and dynamic simulation
Erik Hollnagel: The way ahead: FMV and FMI
A proposal from Nicolas Wertz.
We are looking forward to seeing the results of using this new facility and seeing the range and scope of applications and studies significantly extended. Perhaps we will see some examples at the next FRAMily Workshop in Kyoto next year, COVID willing.
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