Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method

Mikael Wahlström, Timo Kuula, Laura Seppänen, Rantanummi Piia, Pekka Kettunen

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    Well trained operators are essential for safety. This study presents a self-evaluation method to be applied after simulator training by power plant operators. The method was created collaboratively with training developers at a nuclear power plant. Inspiration was drawn from education theory as well as from resilience engineering literature. In particular, we considered the line of study that suggest that ‘interpretive practices’ (which involve, e.g., robust communication and the use of various information sources critically) support system resilience. Drawing from this line of study, the developed training method encourages operators to reflect on their own work practices. In practice, the method consists of individual self-evaluation and group discussions. The method was tested with four operator shifts. A brief analysis on the group discussions is presented. It suggest that applying the method might be beneficial for system resilience because a significant proportion of the discussions supported reflection concerning issues that may support system resilience: collaboration, understanding of plant dynamics and the use of procedures. We assume that this kind of ‘developmental reflection’ could potentially enhance work practices. Overall, we suggest that developmental reflection may open avenues for supporting the learning dimension of interpretive practice and thus also resilience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPoised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings, 7th REA Symposium
    EditorsAnne-Sophie Nyssen, Mathieu Jaspar, David Woods
    Pages189-194
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event7th REA Symposium, Resilience Engineering Association - Liège, Belgium
    Duration: 26 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

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    Conference7th REA Symposium, Resilience Engineering Association
    CountryBelgium
    CityLiège
    Period26/06/1729/06/17

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    Wahlström, M., Kuula, T., Seppänen, L., Piia, R., & Kettunen, P. (2017). Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method. In A-S. Nyssen, M. Jaspar, & D. Woods (Eds.), Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization: Proceedings, 7th REA Symposium (pp. 189-194)
    Wahlström, Mikael ; Kuula, Timo ; Seppänen, Laura ; Piia, Rantanummi ; Kettunen, Pekka. / Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method. Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization: Proceedings, 7th REA Symposium. editor / Anne-Sophie Nyssen ; Mathieu Jaspar ; David Woods. 2017. pp. 189-194
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    Wahlström, M, Kuula, T, Seppänen, L, Piia, R & Kettunen, P 2017, Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method. in A-S Nyssen, M Jaspar & D Woods (eds), Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization: Proceedings, 7th REA Symposium. pp. 189-194, 7th REA Symposium, Resilience Engineering Association, Liège, Belgium, 26/06/17.

    Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method. / Wahlström, Mikael; Kuula, Timo; Seppänen, Laura; Piia, Rantanummi; Kettunen, Pekka.

    Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization: Proceedings, 7th REA Symposium. ed. / Anne-Sophie Nyssen; Mathieu Jaspar; David Woods. 2017. p. 189-194.

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    Wahlström M, Kuula T, Seppänen L, Piia R, Kettunen P. Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method. In Nyssen A-S, Jaspar M, Woods D, editors, Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization: Proceedings, 7th REA Symposium. 2017. p. 189-194