Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot

Jari Laarni, Hanna Koskinen, Leena Salo, Leena Norros, A. Braseth, V. Nurmilaukas

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Abstract

The paper presents the results of the evaluation of the Fortum Information Rich Design (IRD) pilot display set which is the first application of the IRD concept to the design of displays for the operation of the nuclear power process. Displays based on the IRD concept emphasize essential information by making it more salient and de-emphasize less relevant information by reducing its visibility. The final IRD prototype is formed by a mix of both traditional Process & Instrument Diagram type features and new innovative design features. In the present study, the design process of the Fortum IRD pilot displays has been observed at design workshops and the designers have been interviewed. We have also carried out a usability test of the pilot and gathered information about user experiences through discussions with the participating operators. It was found that the prototype display can function both as an overview display providing useful information of the overall state of the power process and as a supplementary display that helps operators to early detect failure and problem states in the power process. On the other hand, it would be better if there is no need for compromises in the application of IRD principles for the design of displays for NPP control rooms, since compromise solutions may somewhat limit the value of the IRD displays in the detection and diagnosing of process failures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Pages1940-1951
Volume4
ISBN (Print)978-161567695-8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event6th American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC&HMIT 2009 - Knoxville, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 20099 Apr 2009

Conference

Conference6th American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC&HMIT 2009
Abbreviated titleNPIC&HMIT 2009
CountryUnited States
CityKnoxville
Period5/04/099/04/09

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Keywords

  • Human factors
  • Information rich design
  • Large screen
  • Situation awareness

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Laarni, J., Koskinen, H., Salo, L., Norros, L., Braseth, A., & Nurmilaukas, V. (2009). Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot. In Proceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009 (Vol. 4, pp. 1940-1951). Curran Associates Inc..
Laarni, Jari ; Koskinen, Hanna ; Salo, Leena ; Norros, Leena ; Braseth, A. ; Nurmilaukas, V. / Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot. Proceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009. Vol. 4 Curran Associates Inc., 2009. pp. 1940-1951
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Laarni, J, Koskinen, H, Salo, L, Norros, L, Braseth, A & Nurmilaukas, V 2009, Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot. in Proceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009. vol. 4, Curran Associates Inc., pp. 1940-1951, 6th American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC&HMIT 2009, Knoxville, United States, 5/04/09.

Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot. / Laarni, Jari; Koskinen, Hanna; Salo, Leena; Norros, Leena; Braseth, A.; Nurmilaukas, V.

Proceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009. Vol. 4 Curran Associates Inc., 2009. p. 1940-1951.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

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Laarni J, Koskinen H, Salo L, Norros L, Braseth A, Nurmilaukas V. Evaluation of the Fortum IRD Pilot. In Proceedings of the Sixth American Nuclear Society International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies NPIC & HMIT 2009. Vol. 4. Curran Associates Inc. 2009. p. 1940-1951