Airservices managing fatigue-related risk

Airservices has introduced workforce planning software from supply chain planning and optimisation solution provider, Quintiq, to assist in fatigue-related risk management of its controllers to be used as a decision-making tool for shift rostering.

Airservices is the Australia’s air navigation service provider and is responsible for ensuring that ATCs are able to safely manage over 11 per cent of the world’s airspace, which includes more than four million flights carrying over 80 million passengers per year.

Executive general nanager for Airservices’s air traffic control, Jason Harfield said, “This new tool will greatly assist our decision making around fatigue-related risk and its management. The software design, developed by Airservices and its fatigue-risk management consultants, Integrated Safety Support, has enabled Quintiq to deliver a high standard of software, which is aligned with our requirements”.

The fatigue-risk related management tool represents the second phase of a broader rostering solution for Airservices’ approximately 1000 ATCs who work from two major centres in Melbourne and Brisbane, four terminal control areas, and 28 control towers at international and regional airports all over the country.

The fatigue-risk management solution uses Quintiq’s Workforce Planner to provide a means of assessing and recording of controls which then assists Airservices mitigate fatigue-related risk in relation to potential shift assignments.

The Quintiq Workforce Planner provides the management of Airservices with a better tool to support its current, complex decision-making process around fatigue-risk, and its management. The system integrates and automates a two-phase, six-step process to ensure that rostering rules are adhered to and potential risks are identified. Management are then in a better position to make risk mitigating judgments and to sign off on those decisions.

Paul Shepherd, director of Quintiq Australia and New Zealand, added: “We are proud to have brought this project in on-time and under budget as well as jointly given Airservices a quality solution. The relationships formed between Quintiq and Airservices staff has been crucial to the process.”

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