FG Plans Digitalisation Of Accident Investigation Reporting (AIB)
Olateru, at a “Two-day Industry Engagement On the Review Of Accident Reports” (AIB) in Abuja, said when this is done, Nigeria would be the first in the world to introduce such reporting format, and would have succeeded in simplifying, in form of graphics and animation the accident investigation reporting system in the aviation industry globally.
According to the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB) boss, the new system would be a better and easier to read format than the often bulky pages of accident investigation reporting, which run into hundreds of pages when released.
“The point is the world standard, which has a format of writing a final report, which is you write phases, hundreds of pages, you present it to the world, you put it up on the website. What we are trying to do is to challenge the status quo to actually find a better way of getting those to the public. Today, look at it this way, how many people actually read, so you have this report, 300 page document of what happened, safety recommendation etc. At the end of the day, people don’t read. So what we are trying to do is to digitalise in a graphic way, in a better way to see how we can report this same report in a digital form. And that is simply what we are doing. And we are going to be doing it very soon.
“It makes it very simple for the airline and anybody of interest to read, go to a particular section rather than flipping through pages and pages of reports. If it is on human factor, you will just click on the animation, and the graphic and it tells you everything about the human factor of the report. If it is about the engine, you just click on that point and it tells you everything about the engine in the report.
“It is about simplifying the way we communicate to the world in terms of our byproduct. And that has been discussed at the highest level of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). And it has been accepted and by the time we are done, Nigeria will be the first country in the world that will come out with this format. That is what I mean by Nigeria will lead the world very soon in terms of an accident investigation reporting system.
“When you look at it in a critical way, for any institution to progress and remain relevant, you need to invest in research and development. You need to have a feedback system, reevaluate how you do things, check your processes, systems and procedures and come up with a better way of doing things, or a simplified way of doing things to enhance productivity and that is what we are doing in AIB.