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Interim Tented Camp Safety Case - A Practical Approach & Application of System of Systems Safety

BMT, working in conjunction with the ECI PT, applied the SoS approach to a typical 500-man camp arrangement recognising that this technique is simple and practical and has the potential to have a significant impact in improving the overall safety of the ITC infrastructure.

The Requirement

The UK MoD’s Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI) Project Team (PT) manages the Interim Tented Camp (ITC) infrastructure comprising a collection of equipment that, when combined, can be deployed in 250 man (or multiples thereof) camp configurations.

The camps include all accommodation and hotel services required to support the camp population in a wide range of environments.

Specific camp equipment would include: construction resources and surfacing; shelters, power generation and distribution; climate control; catering; storage; ablution units; fire precautions and pest control and sanitation.

Before introducing these pieces of equipment to the particular environment, each one will be the subject of an equipment safety case where possible hazards inherent to the equipment operation are considered.

The Approach

The System of Systems (SoS) concept is an evolving systems engineering approach that manages the design, configuration and operation of a complex system.

SoS is a collection of systems that are grouped in order to provide an enhancement of functionality and performance compared to the sum of its constitute elements. BMT developed an approach to the systematic identification and assessment of SoS hazards.

Outcomes and Benefits

BMT, working in conjunction with the ECI PT, applied the SoS approach to a typical 500-man camp arrangement recognising that this technique is simple and practical and has the potential to have a significant impact in improving the overall safety of the ITC infrastructure.

This practical application helped to identify a number of new safety issues which had not been fully recognised previously and recorded in the individual equipment hazard logs.

By undertaking the safety assessment of the base 500-man camp, it was considered that the safety results could be appropriately scaled up or down depending on the size of the camps.

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