Beville is currently offering a one-day seminar that covers basic principles and concepts in human factors engineering (morning session) and application of those principles to alarm and display design (afternoon session). The focus is on creation of alarms and displays for distributed control systems. Contact us for more information.
TYPICAL SEMINAR SCHEDULE/CONTENT
|Introduction||The origin of human factors engineering will be presented along with a model for operator - process interaction.|
|Perception and Attention||How people notice and interpret information from the environment will be discussed. The impact of display noise and signal characteristics will be covered.|
|Information Processing||The limitations and structure of the human information processing system will be presented. Topics will include sensory memory, short term memory, mental workload, and mental models.|
|Decision Making||Recent research into real time decision making will be discussed. Implications for expert systems and display design will be key topics.|
|Design Process||The approach to alarm and display system design will be presented, including the major activities such as alarm objective analysis.|
|Alarm Objective Analysis||A section of the client's unit will be used to demonstrate the alarm analysis technique. Alarm philosophy requirements will be included.|
|Design Concept||Creation of a design concept, covering coding techniques and their application, will be presented. Methods to determine content requirements will be discussed.|
|Display Formatting||Methods to format process information will be presented.|
RELATED EXTERNAL MEDIA
|Consortium Reports New Findings on Alarm Rates||Automation World|
|How Many Alarms Can An Operator Handle||Chemical Processing|
|Impact of Alarm Rates and Interface Design on Operator Performance||Automation World|
|Operator Interfaces: Moving from Comfortable to Most Effective||Automation World|
|Operator Performance as a Function of Alarm Rate and Interface Design||Mesa.org|
The dates for this year's Fall meeting for the Center for Operator Performance will be announced soon. For more information, please contact Lisa Via. Guests are always welcome!
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