Presentation on theme: "Designing an Ethylene Plant Control Room Operator User Interface"— Presentation transcript:
1 Designing an Ethylene Plant Control Room Operator User Interface andOperator User InterfaceUsing Best PracticesJ. ErringtonNOVA Chemicals Inc.I. NimmoUser Centered Design ServicesPrepared for presentation at 2001 Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas.Copyright Jamie Errington, NOVA Chemicals Corp, Joffre, AB andIan Nimmo, User Centered Design Services1
2 Acknowledgements The authors wish to acknowledge the support of: Tim DeMaere - NOVA Chemicals Inc.Peter Bullemer - Honeywell Technology Center
3 Objective & Outline Objective: Presentation Outline Outline the design process and results of NOVA Chemicals’ E3 Manufacturing Building and User InterfacePresentation OutlineBackgroundOverview of ASM (Abnormal Situation Management) and Best PracticesE3 Manufacturing CenterBuilding LocationBuilding DesignE3 User Interface
4 Background Ethylene 3 Designing for Abnormal Situation Management 2.8 Blbs/y - ethane crackerproject kick-off 1997mid-2000 startuplocated in Joffre Alberta, Canadajoint venture between NOVA Chemicals and Union CarbideDesigning for Abnormal Situation ManagementAIChE paper presented in 1998 at New OrleansDescribed how NOVA Chemicals was applying ASM Best Practices information to the design of new facilities
5 Joffre Opportunity in 1998 Concurrently Building New Facilities Utilities Plant ExpansionEthylene 3Polyethylene 2Training SimulatorsE3PE2Exposure to ASM - AEGIS PrototypeManagement Support of ASM program
6 ASM - Abnormal Situation Management Consortium of companies and university affiliates:NOVA Chemicals, Exxon/Mobil, BP/Amoco, Shell, Chevron, Texaco, Celanese, Union Carbide, PhillipsHoneywell (IAC, HTC)BAWPurdue, Ohio State, University of TorontoNOVA Chemicals joined in 1994
7 Goals of the ASM Consortium Reduce preventable process upsets by 90%Understand the problemSite SurveysDevelop better methods for aiding operators during process disruptionsAEGIS prototypeImprove other Supporting SystemsCollateral StudiesOther technology DeliverablesNot by Technology alone!
8 ASM Best PracticesCompiled from extensive site reviews across a wide spectrum including:TrainingProceduresTracking and ReportingCommunication SystemsWork Context and Environment
9 Control Centre Location Goal“to build a control center that will enhance the human performance in and around the control room”Location Design Processliterature surveymulti-discipline team examined alternative locationsevaluated on cost, impact on people, safety implications, business issuesReview Solutionsremote - centralized control building - multiple plantscentralized control building within battery limitsindividualized distributed control buildingsSelectionindividual distributed control buildingsDriving forcescommunications within unithigher personnel safety
10 Manufacturing Building Goalto enhance how the manufacturing team (Operations, Maintenance and Technical) control system works together in and around the control systemBuilding Design ProcessCreated design vision for the buildingInterviewed primary users at adjacent Joffre units for needs and requirementsIterative process to refine key elements and share visionKey componentscontrol room was the center of focuscommunication patterns in the control room and the buildingdetermined adjacency matrixprioritized the layout and size of roomstask segregation (permitting, meetings, etc.)traffic flow patternscontrol console layout
12 User InterfaceThe goal of the User Interface Design is to improve operator access to information thereby improving plant performance.Principal design aspects which have been considered in the design were:NavigationVisual CodingAlarm Informationlive alarmsAOA design informationControl Informationcascadescritical / redundant instrumentationTrend InformationOn-line Documentation
17 Task- and System-based model integration Research ProjectUniversity of Toronto / Honeywell/ NOVA and ASM ConsortiumTask Modellingfocus on the user’s tasks, plans and goalsSystem Modellingfunctional structure of the plant or systemcaptures the physical and chemical principles
18 Conclusion Manufacturing building design has been successful User interface design is a bold step that will get even better with new developmentsonline information,new modelling approaches, andfaster computers
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