Control Framework Overview /

Since 2017, EMESRT has been developing the Control Framework (CFw) approach and this is now a core operational process applied for all new projects. A CFw is highly iterative and adaptive process that begins with asking

‘What has to be in place for work to go right?’
It uses these organising questions to organise the knowledge and experience of contributors:

  1. What is the business purpose?
  2. What safe and productive operating states are required to deliver the business purpose?
  3. What can cause failure in the operating states?
  4. What are the business inputs that prevent or mitigate failures?
  5. How are these business inputs?
    • Specified
    • Implemented and
    • Monitored

The approach that is aligned with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Human Factors and the definition elements of the ICMM Critical Control Methodology. It allows real-world inputs and experience to be mapped to the safe and productive operating states required to deliver business purpose. A CFw has these interlinked components:

  • Required Operating States (ROS) that deliver business purpose
  • The Credible Failure Modes that can compromise Required Operating States – these are validated by incident experience
  • The many Business Inputs that support the establishment and maintenance of the required operating states through preventing or mitigating the credible failure modes – these a mapped in from operational practice. These inputs can be categorised in three ways, either people or equipment or environment

Each Business Input has a clear title, an expectation of what it will do, its specification, a description of how it is implemented, and details of how its status is monitored.

Using the CFw approach establishes both a ‘whole of system’ overview and a structure that is linked to detailed operational practice. Working this way provides information and insights about the dynamic interconnects between personnel, equipment, the work environment, workgroups carrying out different tasks and overall coordination. This promotes the systematic identification of improvement opportunities. It is also flexible approach that allows the ongoing updating of all CFw component descriptions, content and links if new information becomes available and as new insights develop.

Applying the CFw approach produces for the EMESRT Mobile Equipment Fire Management Project produced the networked and hierarchical structure represented in the diagram below.

Figure: Mobile Equipment Fire Management Control Framework Hierarchy.