Human factors in submarine development

Learn how technology can be used to assist with physical work by reducing the load on the musculoskeletal system.

About the event

This is a fascinating look at how submarines used for defence have evolved and developed over the years. Find out about the contribution of human factors to the design to make these vessels some of the most complex in the world. The webinar will describe the work of the Human Factors Team at BAE Systems Submarines, delving into the history of the team, their current portfolio and their aspirations for the future. You’ll then get a chance to ask questions of the presenters.

About the presenters

Alan Felstead is the Whole Boat Design Lead within the BAE Submarines Specialist Engineering and Technology Group. Alan has worked on Submarines for 24 years and joined as a Human Factors specialist following work on Military Air programmes. During his time with Submarines Alan has worked on Human Factors Integration of three classes of Royal Navy Submarines as well as several other projects. Alan is a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow and Fellow of the CHIEF as well as a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering Technology.

Martin Thody is the Human Factors Engineering Manager at BAE Systems Submarines based in Barrow and has 37 years’ experience in the field of applied Human Factors, spending most of his career in the defence industry working on land, sea, and air systems. Martin also spent about seven years in the oil & gas industry, working as HF Lead on a number of large CAPEX projects. He started out at the MoD’s Army Personnel Research Establishment, straight from school, working with the late David Streets and his team on applied research programmes for armoured vehicles. Martin gained his MSc in Ergonomics from UCL in 1992. In the late 1990s Martin moved to British Aerospace to work on the Sea Harrier programme before returning to lead the team at the Centre for Human Sciences. Last year he transferred into the business at Barrow. Martin is a Chartered Fellow of the CIEHF and sits on the Professional Affairs Board as lead for CPD.

Anna Welch is the Senior Engineering Manager for the Human Factors and Operability Teams at BAE Systems Submarines. These teams are responsible for ensuring that the design of products, facilities and processes are optimised for the end user, making the design more intuitive and improving human reliability. Prior to joining BAES she worked at Loughborough University specialising in Healthcare Ergonomics working primarily with the Ambulance Service. During her time at Loughborough she completed a PhD in the Ergonomics of Ambulance Design. Anna is a Chartered Fellow of the CIEHF.