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Published Papers

Dear Visitor,

Some of our papers are available free of charge, while others must be purchased directly from the publisher.

If you are trying to answer a particular question, send your question and we will be happy to make suggestions from our reading and article lists.

If you would like for us to email you a copy of one of the papers below, please send an email to: and provide your name, company, position, city, state, and the title of the article you would like to receive.

List of Papers available free of charge from Beville:

  • A Humanistic Approach to Managing Plant Modernization Projects
  • The Case of Alarm Overload - NPRA Paper
  • Control Operator Overload: Identification and Prevention
  • Control Room Design Manual
  • Controller Workload: What are they doing and why are they doing so much of it?
  • Evolution of Operator Decision Making
  • Human Factors Engineering in Control Room Design and Operation
  • Human Factors in Alarm System Management: Information Versus Data
  • Human Factors in Distributed Process Control
  • Human Factors in Process Plant Safety
  • Human Factors in TDC3000 Alarm and Display Design
  • Increase Unit Operator Utilization/Productivity Through Job Sampling
  • Intelligent Alarm Management (from INSTRUMENT ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK, Process Software and Digital Networks)
  • Is Counting the Number of Control Loops a Valid Technique for Estimating Operator Workload?
  • Lack of Planning in Alarm System Configuration is, in Essence, Planning to Fail
  • Quantification of Operator Workload and Staffing
  • Toward an Understanding of DCS Control Operator Workload
  • Toward an Upset Response Task Workload Assessment Technique for Chemical Processing Plants
  • What is the Upper Limit to Board Operator Span of Control

Book written by David A. Strobhar: Human Factors in Process Plant Operation

Papers available externally:

Control Room Consolidation, It's more than just a new building.
World Refining, 12/03. B.A. Walker/Brad Adams Walker Architechture, P.C., & D.A. Strobhar, PE/Beville Engineering, Inc.
Contact World Refining directly (ask for Amy) at 800.874.2544, ext. 129 to request a copy.
Human Factors in Oil Refinery Operation
chapter 31 of Advances in Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Safety in Manufacturing and Service Industries
Operator Performance as a function of alarm rate and interface design
WBF Make2Profit Conference, Austin, TX 2011
Modularizing Emergency Procedures for Increased Ease of Use and Updating
NPRA 2011 Annual Meeting, product # AM-11-44
Service Extraction from Operator Procedures in Process Industries
2011 DESRIST Conference

For further information, visit the links below.

| Plant Modernization and Consolidation | Control Room Layout and Design | One Day Human Factors Plant Audit |



This year's Fall meeting for the Center for Operator Performance will be October 7-10 in Houston, TX. For more information, please contact Lisa Via. Guests are always welcome!


Our summer newsletter is now available. Click here!

Take our short survey on operator span of control. Click here (new window)

David Strobhar's book, "Human Factors in Process Plant Operation," is now available in both hardcover and Kindle e-book.

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