Method Statement Wizard For Drone Operations
Soarizon (now Scaleflyt) by Thales
My research revealed that commercial drone operators are required by law to perform a written Risk Assessment and keep it on file for 3yrs.
There’s no legal requirement to write a Method Statement, but research showed many industrial clients require one.
Clients and training providers gave us the following feedback about the Method Statements they receive from drone operators:
- Operators are reluctant to write a Method Statement
- Often sent last minute
- Unclear and ‘half-arsed’
- Hand-written on paper
- Generally poor considering high cost and risk associated with drones
I took it upon myself to design a Method Statement wizard for our product. It used data from other stages of the planning process to automatically output a structured, useful and legally compliant Method Statement.
My designs were validated by training providers, H&S experts and a wide variety of drone operators. After a couple of iterations we began to receive extremely positive feedback across the board, with System Usability Scores (SUS) always in excess of 80% (industry avg 68%).
Users felt the designs, especially the Method Statement Wizard, were very valuable and would help them work to a more professional standard.