Project: Design for Situation Awareness in Future Power Grid Operations

Partner: Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Dates: April 2015 - November 2015
Participants: Jamieson, G., Hilliard, A., Tran, F.
Description: Independent System Operators (ISO's) must reliably and efficiently operate power grid and energy markets for their jurisdictions. Human operators monitor increasing amounts of data (e.g. interconnected neighbouring grids), and control disjointed grid and market information systems. These new information needs are often addressed by adding displays to the existing control room or adding operator tasks to reconcile data inconsistencies. A more promising solution is to research and develop more compact, multi-scope interface features.

We are: 1) conducting a Cognitive Work Analysis of reliability and market operations, informed by interviews and field observations; 2) designing a wide-area grid reliability monitoring concept, evaluated with a controlled experiment, and 3) designing a display concept for integrating system and market information, evaluated using tabletop discussions. The resulting work analysis and display concepts will contribute to knowledge of human performance and visualization techniques for power grid monitoring.
Publications:

View PDF Hilliard, A., Tran, F., & Jamieson, G. A., "A Graphic Form with Emergent Properties for Monitoring Renewable Generation Stations", Resilience Week (RWS), TBD, 2016.

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