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Verifying exchange between Aeronautics and Oil&Gas industries through Lateral Thinking

Francisco Tarcísio Guedes Lima Verde Neto, Luis Gonzaga Trabasso

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Human Factor is one of the main causes of accidents and operational flaws, especially regarding high reliability organizations. The tendency of human error being fundamental on high-risk activities inspire the need to minimize or prevent its occurrence. The present work figures on this need, seeking to propose design requirements oriented towards human factor. The search for such requirements is through an approach known as lateral thinking. This approach utilizes a series of similarities between two sectors, namely aviation and oil and gas well operations. The search for similarities starts on practices such as the use of Crew Relationship Management (CRM) on well operations, in addition to the validation of Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) for accidents on well operations. The analysis uses the theoretical expertise of analogy systematization, in order to find structural alignment between the two industries, under the expressions of analogy studies. Given there exists structural alignment, it is possible to establish exchange opportunities, on which this work concludes suggesting which expertise on the drilling industry can help make Single Pilot operations viable within the aircraft domain. The present work purposes to characterize an analogy between the oil well driller and the airplane pilot workstations through the systemic comprehension of human factors, indicating exchange possibilities between them, using the premises on the Structure-Mapping Engine (SME).


human factors, lateral thinking, technological exchange.


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