Project: SRO 04 — Prototyping and Evaluation of Ecological Interfaces in a Nuclear Power Plant Simulator

Partner: NSERC Special Research Opportunities
Dates: December 2004 - March 2007
Participants: Jamieson, G., Lau, N.
Collaborator: Jordanna Kwok, Catherine M. Burns, University of Waterloo; Robin Welch, Øystein Veland, Alf Ove Braseth, Gyrd Skraaning, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
Description: The purpose of this project was to investigate whether Situation Awareness (SA) can be supported through Ecological Interface Design (EID). SA research investigates how “knowledge of the situation” can influence decision-making and performance while EID research examines how system information during operations can be conveyed through human-machine interfaces. Thus, we hypothesized that ecological interfaces can support SA and adequate SA relies on information of ecological interfaces.

In this project, ecological displays was developed for the secondary side of a boiling water reactor plant operating in Sweden. The ecological interface was implemented in a full-scoped simulator and evaluated using SA measures against two computerized versions of the plant displays/hardwire panels. The ecological displays was found to support SA in beyond-design basis scenarios better than the current plant displays. However, the current plant displays seemed to support SA better than the ecological interface when control actions were required during within-design basis scenarios. The empirical study indicates that EID is capable of supporting SA in beyond-design basis scenarios.
Publications:

View PDF Skraaning Jr., G., Lau, N., Welch, R., Nihlwing, C., Andresen, G., Brevig, L.H., Veland, O., Jamieson, G.A., Burns, C., Kwok, J. (2007). The ecological interface design experiment (2005). (CEL 07-02). University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

View PDF Welch, R., Braseth, A.O., Nihlwing, C., Skraaning Jr., G., Teigen, A., Veland, O., Lau, N., Jamieson, G.A., Burns, C.M., Kwok, J. (2007). The 2005 ecological interface design process and the resulting displays. (CEL 07-01). University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

View PDF Lau, N. & Jamieson, G. A., "Numerical models in representation design: Computing seawater properties in an ecological interface," Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, pp. 245-249, 2006.

View PDF Lau, N. & Jamieson, G. A., "Ecological interface design for the condenser subsystems of a boiling water reactor," Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Canadian Nuclear Society, (no pagination), 2006.

View PDF Lau, N. & Jamieson, G. A., "Ecological interface design for the condenser subsystems of a boiling water reactor," Proceedings of the 16th World Congress on Ergonomics, (no pagination), 2006.

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