A poorly implemented Human-Computer interface (HCI) adds to workload, increases frustration, stress, and confusion, and can ultimately impact safety, reliability, production, and profitability. A properly implemented human-computer interface can reduce operator work load, improve situational awareness, and aid the operator in preventing minor deviations from becoming major incidents.
A properly implemented Human-Computer interface will also work hand in hand with alarm management initiatives. Better presentation of information to the operator improves overall situation awareness. This helps offset the perception operators frequently have that elimination of alarms from the DCS will reduce their ability track the status of the plant.
Recent research has identified that well implemented human-computer interface can improve operator performance in problem detection and resolution by as much as 25%. This reduces the amount of time the plant is running at less than optimal efficiency, thus improving the bottom line. This also reduces operator stress and improves employee relationships.
Does the following seem familiar?
- Your operators claim they need 10 screens to operate the plant
- Your graphics look cluttered
- Your graphics are more colorful than a carnival
- During an abnormal situation are your operators rapidly jumping between screens searching for the information they need
- Your graphics developed page-for-page from the P&ID’s
- Your graphics do not incorporate the latest research into cognitive processing
We will come to your site to put on a two day workshop to review Human-Computer Interface (HCI) Best Practices with key personnel on your site. This is an excellent tool to create awareness within your organization on the methods Best-in-Class facilities are employing to make dramatic improvement in the performance of their HCI.
The workshop covers the following topics:
- Industry standards and best practices including EEMUA 201
- What are High Performance Graphics?
- What is a Style Guide?
- Display Hierarchy
- Use of Colors
- Window Management and Number of Screens
- Integration of Trend and Alarm Information
- Integration of Other information
- Identification of Specific Display Objects
- Intra-Display Communication and Coordination
- Overview Display Design
For additional information or to book a workshop please E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org