Project: HTC 97 — Applying the Abstraction Hierarchy to the Petrochemical Industry: A Feasibility Study

Partner: Honeywell Technology Center (HTC)
Dates: October 1996 - September 1998
Participants: Jamieson, G., Vicente, K. J.
Description: The goal of this project was to foster an integrated systems approach to information management for petrochemical processes. To do so, the Ecological Interface Design (EID) framework has been employed. In keeping with that framework, an Abstraction Hierarchy (AH) for a simplified, yet representative, petrochemical process has been built. This work domain representation has been reviewed by subject matter experts who have confirmed its accuracy. The AH was then employed as a basis for evaluation of the information available to current operators. Finally, the design principles prescribed by EID were employed to map the content and structure of the AH onto visual forms. The result is an innovative, prototype ecological interface for a representative petrochemical process.
Publications:

View PDF Jamieson, G.A., & Vicente, K.J. (1998). Ecological interface design for petrochemical processing applications. (CEL 98-04). University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

View PDF Jamieson, G. A., & Vicente, K. J., "Modeling techniques to support abnormal situation management in the petrochemical processing industry," Proceedings of the CSME Symposium on Industrial Engineering and Management, pp. 249-256, 1998.

View PDF Jamieson, G. A., & Vicente, K. J., "Implications of a control-theoretic approach to human-automation-plant interface design," Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems, pp. 90-98, 1998.

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