In order for the control room to function properly, the room must be organized so that control room personnel have
The NPD's assessment is that many of today's control rooms do not meet these requirements. A number of development trends in new production concepts also entail an increase in control room personnel performance, which further underlines the essential need for control rooms and their function in facilitating the interaction between human beings, technology and the organization (MTO).
In the NPD's opinion, a lack of knowledge and experience in the use of human factors design principles is one of the main reasons that both new and old control room solutions do not function well and do not meet the regulatory requirements.
In order to improve the basis for establishing good control rooms, the NPD has developed an audit methodology for evaluating how human factors have been taken into consideration in design and operations.
The purpose of the method is to promote control room solutions that safeguard requirements for safety and operational regularity by:
On assignment from the NPD, the Institute of Energy Technology developed the first version of the methodology (in 2000). The method has now been revised and further developed by Human Factors Solutions, and is available in both Norwegian and English versions.
Areas of application for the methodology are development of new control rooms, modification of existing solutions, evaluation of functionality and regulatory compliance in existing solutions.
The NPD would like to thank everyone who has participated in developing this method, particularly the contributors from the industry.
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