Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan

A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Matthijs Moorkamp, Eric Hans Kramer, Coen Van Gulijk, Ben Ale

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Abstract

In this paper we present a conceptualization of safety management that is based on the cybernetic concepts of "controllability" and "control capacity". In particular, we explore what this conceptualization means for safety management of the Dutch Army's UAV unit that was part of Task Force Uruzgan (TFU) in the years 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. In this research we applied a qualitative research strategy. We conducted 20 interviews, 13 with employees of the UAV unit and 7 with key TFU-partners with whom the unit had to cooperate. We analyzed the interviews by means of the concepts developed in the theoretical framework. By going back and forth between theory and practice, we show that it was rather problematic for the unit to develop controllability and operate safely. We conclude with a reflection on a safety management strategy for this particular unit and the relevance of our conceptualization for other organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013
EditorsR.D.J.M Steenbergen, P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, S. Miraglia, A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder
PublisherC R C Press
Pages3127-3134
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781315815596
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual European Safety and Reliability Conference - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Sep 20132 Oct 2013
https://pure.strath.ac.uk/portal/en/activities/european-safety-and-reliability-conference-esrel-2013(4f871466-b57c-4ec1-aff0-bb52968db52d).html (Link to Event Details )

Conference

ConferenceAnnual European Safety and Reliability Conference
Abbreviated titleESREL 2013
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period29/09/132/10/13
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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Controllability
Cybernetics
Personnel

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Moorkamp, M., Kramer, E. H., Van Gulijk, C., & Ale, B. (2013). Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan: A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In R. D. J. M. Steenbergen, P. H. A. J. M. van Gelder, S. Miraglia, & A. C. W. M. Vrouwenvelder (Eds.), Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013 (pp. 3127-3134). C R C Press.
Moorkamp, Matthijs ; Kramer, Eric Hans ; Van Gulijk, Coen ; Ale, Ben. / Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan : A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013. editor / R.D.J.M Steenbergen ; P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder ; S. Miraglia ; A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder. C R C Press, 2013. pp. 3127-3134
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Moorkamp, M, Kramer, EH, Van Gulijk, C & Ale, B 2013, Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan: A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. in RDJM Steenbergen, PHAJM van Gelder, S Miraglia & ACWM Vrouwenvelder (eds), Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013. C R C Press, pp. 3127-3134, Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 29/09/13.

Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan : A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. / Moorkamp, Matthijs; Kramer, Eric Hans; Van Gulijk, Coen; Ale, Ben.

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Moorkamp M, Kramer EH, Van Gulijk C, Ale B. Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan: A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In Steenbergen RDJM, van Gelder PHAJM, Miraglia S, Vrouwenvelder ACWM, editors, Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013. C R C Press. 2013. p. 3127-3134