What is WebSAT?
It is a proactive web-based tool which
will help analysts to identify problem areas and devise strategies to
minimize maintenance errors in the air transport industry. The tool will
perform surveillance activities to ensure that a consistent level of
supervision is maintained over maintenance operations. WebSAT will promote
a standardized format for data collection, reduction and analysis to
identify factors contributing to improper maintenance.
Why is WebSAT important?
It is clearly important to provide safe
and reliable air transportation and to ensure airworthiness of aircraft.
Maintenance error has been found to be a critical factor in aircraft
accidents. Aircraft maintenance and inspection activities are closely
monitored and evaluated to assure the adequacy of maintenance procedures.
Surveillance and auditing of maintenance activity contributes an important
function in maintaining and improving aviation safety. Most past efforts
to investigate and analyze inspection and maintenance errors have been
based on reactions to the consequences of these errors. WebSAT will
address these issues on a proactive basis, while promoting a standardized
format for data collection, reduction and analysis across airlines.
Who is involved in the development of WebSAT?
Clemson’s Industrial Engineering
department is working closely with the FAA and FedEx to develop this tool.
Additional stakeholders in the air transport industry are welcomed to
participate in the project.
How long will this research take?
This research is
scheduled to be completed by the end of 2006. The I.E. department’s WebSAT
team plans to identify the ‘impact variables’ (performance measures) by
the end of 2004. The team plans to complete initial design and development
of WebSAT by the end of 2005. The potential for enhancing the tool will be
evaluated during the third year. For example, the addition of a data
analysis module would enable the analyst to conduct trend analysis of
selected sets of data and could represent the first step to conducting
formal risk assessments.
Who are the I.E. faculty and students involved
in this project?
Faculty involved in this project are Dr.
Anand Gramopadhye and Dr. Joel Greenstein. The doctoral students involved
in this project are Kunal Kapoor, Nikhil Iyengar and Pallavi Dharwada.
Where can I find more information on WebSAT?
Flyer (PDF File) provides additional detail and contact information.