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Costs Associated with Poor Situation Awareness and Too Many Alarms

October 8, 2020

Nuisance alarms contribute to – poor control and wasted energy – Standing alarms = feedstock expenses, containment loss, and an increase in utilities – Missed alarms = wear and tear on equipment, increased…

Operator Performance: A Return on Investment

October 1, 2020

So if we invest in our operators, where is the ROI? Well, Operating outside equipment and process limits is costly and risky. In the above image, focus your attention on the dotted line…

Operator Centered Situation Awareness Control Rooms are Designed from the HMI (Operator Displays)!

September 24, 2020

Perform an operator Task Analysis to determine what the operators responsibuilities are and what the workload consitis of. Then design the displays using the Level 1 through 4 hiarchy. Once you know eactly…

Alarm Management Workbook

September 21, 2020

Ian Nimmo discusses the new workbook on alarm management that UCDS will be releasing soon. It will cover the main principles about what “good” looks like from an alarm management perspective. It will…

Operators and Abnormal Situations

September 17, 2020

Operators are eyes and ears of a process, like pilots, they have to manage multiple instruments at the same time. They have to be positioned to resolve issues before they escalate and become…

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