Organisational Factors Aviation Taxonomy Innovation Project
As part of the development of Safety
Management System (SMS) software tools, it is necessary to include a taxonomy for classifying human and
organisational risk factors (HOF). Several taxonomies exist, for example MEDA, HFACS, Tripod Delta, ADREP,
HEIDI, HERA, and are in use across the potential end users of the software. To maximise the applicability of the
SMS software tool, one taxonomy should be included with strong mapping to the existing taxonomies in use by
potential customers. The goal of this research project was to identify the main taxonomies used by potential
aviation customers and to generate a single generic mapping for use within our safety management product.
research carried out by the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS) Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in
collaboration with Corballis Consulting was funded by Enterprise Ireland through their Industry Innovation
Voucher programme. The research produced a three-tier universal human factors taxonomy that mapped to all
the major aviation taxonomies currently in use.
The following implementation is based on the following Corballis solutions
Safety management systems
Our solutions are based on extensive experience and research within the aviation sector, the aircraft maintenance sector in particular including extensive and on-going participation in regulatory and industry-wide forums and workgroups.
The new HOF
taxonomy facilitated the broadest possible marketing of Corballis Aviation Safety Management System, while
still allowing customers to continue to use their existing processes and supported the benchmarking and
analysis of human factors across the different aviation stakeholders (airports, airlines, MROs, OEMs and