Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Experimental Set-Up for Evaluating Operator Performance through Operations Control Room Simulation in the Oil and Gas Industry

Plínio M. S. Ramos1,a, Marilia Ramos2, Caio B. S. Maiora1,b, Márcio C. Moura1,c, Isis D. Lins1,d and Heleno Bispo3

1CEERMA - Center for Risk Analysis, Reliability and Environmental Modeling, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

2B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

3IRIDIUM - Industrial Process Applied Research, Federal University of Campina Grande, Campina Grande, Brazil.


Automation in the oil and gas industries has increased over the years. Nonetheless, human input still plays a critical role in the operation of process plants, where automation does not completely replace humans but rather provides new ways for operators to interact with the system. Some ways of accessing human performance are through human reliability analysis and human factors studies. Both disciplines have been discussing human performance in automated systems and issues are pointed out in recent literature, particularly in the development and evaluation of Human Machine Interface (HMI) in different automation modes. In addition, a way of evaluating human performance is through experiments/simulations. Therefore, we propose an experimental set-up to observe human performance in automated systems through simulation in an operations control room. In this experimental setup, some errors are assessed through human factors. Also, we recommend an artificial intelligence model using webcam information to detect inattention to monitoring.

Keywords: Automated systems, Oil and gas industries, Human performance, HMI, Simulation, Experiment.

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