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..Nuclear Human Factors
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Refurbishment
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Refurbishment
Many older nuclear plants are being subjected to refurbishment to replace obsolescent equipment and to upgrade using advanced computerized technology. This effort tends to be focused on the control room and its associated human-machine interfaces. It is crucial that good ergonomics is applied in these upgrades or there will be poor operator acceptance and increasing human error.
Synergy has
  • Made a study of the problems associated with upgrading interfaces with computerized displays
  • Developed practical guidelines for assisting design engineers in ensuring good human factors in retrofitted interfaces.
  • Undertaken surveys of the practical difficulties for the operator in managing hybrid display systems.
  • Carried out assessments and proposed pragmatic solutions to engineering proposals for the upgrading of existing nuclear plant control rooms.