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IEEE 1289

Guide for the Application of Human Factors Engineering in the Design of Computer-Based Monitoring and Control Displays for Nuclear Power Generating Stations

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Organization: IEEE
Publication Date: 19 March 1998
Status: active
Page Count: 46
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Foreword 

System design considerations, information display and control techniques for use with computer-based displays, and human factors engineering guidance for the use of these techniques in nuclear power generating stations are provided.

When the majority of the presently operating nuclear power plants were first designed, the operator interface design philosophy reflected the availability of, and experience with, single sensor/single parameter displays, such as meters or trend recorders. During the control room design reviews of the 1980's, it was realized that this type of display often led to poor functional performance. The user frequently needed displays that could integrate information rather than just present data. In other cases, traditional instrumentation performed poorly or unreliably. A trend has developed slowly over the past decade in which, while replacing control room instrumentation, utilities have found that the instruments have become obsolete, are no longer available, and are not supported by vendors. This has led nuclear power generating stations to upgrade instrumentation utilizing computer-based display/control devices.

Working Group 7.1 (WG 7.1) reviewed existing standards that address the use of computer-based displays in the nuclear power industry. It found that, while there were top-level human factors standards (such as IEEE Std 1023-1988) and specific standards to address visual display hardware parameters, there was no available industry guidance to address computer-based display formats appropriate for nuclear power plant monitoring and control. The working group also investigated efforts throughout the industry to develop computer-based monitoring and control displays, and found significant efforts at many utilities, instumentation and control vendors, and government laboratories that attempted to provide guidance. Based on the identified need for guidance in this area and the developing industry base, the development of this guide was initiated.

The intent of this guide is to provide human factors engineering principles as guidance to management personnel and engineers who must develop or select computer-based displays, either in the replacement, modification, or design of instrumentation and control systems. A process for determining display needs, which are related to those of IEEE Std 1023-1988, and descriptions of a wide variety of display formats are provided.

Guidance is provided for using user tasks to determine information needs, which in turn define display characteristics. Information is provided that relates to a wide range of display formats, describing what they are, when they are useful, and when they are not useful to display the information needed by the user. This design criteria guide provides more specific guidance under the top-level guide, IEEE Std 1023-1988.

Scope

This guide provides system design considerations, identifies information display and control techniques for use with computer-based displays, and provides human factors engineering guidance for the use of these techniques in nuclear power generating stations.

Document History

IEEE 1289
March 19, 1998
Guide for the Application of Human Factors Engineering in the Design of Computer-Based Monitoring and Control Displays for Nuclear Power Generating Stations
Foreword  System design considerations, information display and control techniques for use with computer-based displays, and human factors engineering guidance for the use of these techniques in...
March 19, 1998
Guide for the Application of Human Factors Engineering in the Design of Computer-Based Monitoring and Control Displays for Nuclear Power Generating Stations
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