BMT Strengthens Human Factors Capability with New Appointments

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 10/6/2015, Location: Europe

BMT has announced three new Human Factors (HF) appointments to further strengthen its commitment to being an independent centre of excellence for Human Factors engineering in naval design and operation.

Recently presented with the 4th “H” Rowbotham Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Factors Integration, Steve Harmer joins the BMT Defence Services team in Bath, with over 28 years’ experience and is highly respected within the UK’s defence HF community for his knowledge, skills and wisdom. In his previous role at BAE Systems, Steve was the Human Factors Capability Technology Leader, with responsibility for technical leadership and quality assurance for HF research and consultancy.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and Co-Chair of the MOD-Industry HFI Working Group, Steve has provided Human Factors Engineering and Human Factors Integration expertise to a wide range of defence and security development programmes including, Harrier FA2/GR9, Tornado GR4/ADV, Typhoon, Fireshadow Loitering Munition and Type 26.

Claire Launchbury and James Campbell also join the BMT team as Human Factors specialists. Claire is a Chartered Ergonomist and HF professional with over ten years’ experience. She has been involved in the application of HF methodologies and principles throughout the lifecycle of a wide variety of programmes and was also seconded to the Maritime Collaborative Enterprise to provide HF support to the Defence Science Technology Laboratory. James joins BMT as a respected Human Factors specialist with three years’ experience delivering high quality defence HF research, including a six month secondment to BAE Systems’ Type 26 HF Engineering team. He is recognised within the defence HF community for his strong technical credibility based on broad military experience. Prior to becoming an HF specialist, James served as a fast jet navigator in the RAF with liaison secondments to the Royal Marines and the British Army.

Steve, James and Claire will work closely with existing HF specialists across the BMT group of companies including Chris Greenbank of BMT Reliability Consultants in the UK and Larry Avery of BMT Designers and Planners in the US.

Muir Macdonald, Managing Director of BMT Defence Services comments: “The human being is one of the most expensive elements in any system, especially in ships and submarines. Yet, despite all the benefits of automation, the human being is also a critical component, and must be subtly engineered and integrated into our systems –people need to be effective, efficient and kept safe.

He continues: “I’m extremely excited that Steve, James and Claire have joined the team. Their knowledge and expertise will continue to reduce the operating costs of our designs as well as provide direct, expert advice and answers to any customer who needs to improve the cost-effectiveness of their marine systems and vessels. We have truly outstanding people, designing and delivering engineering success; our navies and the men and women who man their ships deserve the best.”


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