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Title: Automating the Human Factors Engineering and Evaluation Processes

The Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) has developed a software tool for automating the Human Factors Engineering (HFE) design review, analysis, and evaluation processes. The tool provides a consistent, cost effective, graded, user-friendly approach for evaluating process control system Human System Interface (HSI) specifications, designs, and existing implementations. The initial set of HFE design guidelines, used in the tool, was obtained from NUREG- 0700. Each guideline was analyzed and classified according to its significance (general concept vs. supporting detail), the HSI technology (computer based vs. non-computer based), and the HSI safety function (safety vs. non-safety). Approximately 10 percent of the guidelines were determined to be redundant or obsolete and were discarded. The remaining guidelines were arranged in a Microsoft Access relational database, and a Microsoft Visual Basic user interface was provided to facilitate the HFE design review. The tool also provides the capability to add new criteria to accommodate advances in HSI technology and incorporate lessons learned. Summary reports produced by the tool can be easily ported to Microsoft Word and other popular PC office applications. An IBM compatible PC with Microsoft Windows 95 or higher is required to run the application.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
799400
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-2002-00446
TRN: US0205197
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: IEEE Conference on Human Factors and Power Plants, Scottsdale, AZ (US), 09/15/2002--09/19/2002; Other Information: PBD: 28 May 2002
Research Org:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN; EVALUATION; HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING; POWER PLANTS; PROCESS CONTROL; SAFETY; SPECIFICATIONS; AUTOMATION