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Title: Computer–Based Procedures for Nuclear Power Plant Field Workers: Preliminary Results from Two Evaluation Studies

The Idaho National Laboratory and participants from the U.S. nuclear industry are collaborating on a research effort aimed to augment the existing guidance on computer-based procedure (CBP) design with specific guidance on how to design CBP user interfaces such that they support procedure execution in ways that exceed the capabilities of paper-based procedures (PBPs) without introducing new errors. Researchers are employing an iterative process where the human factors issues and interface design principles related to CBP usage are systematically addressed and evaluated in realistic settings. This paper describes the process of developing a CBP prototype and the two studies conducted to evaluate the prototype. The results indicate that CBPs may improve performance by reducing errors, but may increase the time it takes to complete procedural tasks.
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Journal ID: ISSN 1541--9312
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Journal Volume: 57; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 2013 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ,San Diego, California, USA ,09/30/2013,10/04/2013
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
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United States
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS Computer-Based Procedures; Evaluation study; Field operators; Nuclear Power Plant