Functional Alarming and Information Retrieval

L. P. Goodstein

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    Abstract. This paper deals with two facets of the design and efficient utilisation by operating personnel of computer-based interfaces for monitoring and the supervisory control of complex industrial systems - e.g., power stations, chemical plants, etc. These are alarming and information retrieval both of which are extremely sensitive to computerisation. For example, the advent of computers for display requires that some means of assuring easy and rapid access to large amounts of relevant stored information be found. In this paper, alarming and information retrieval are linked together through a multilevel functional description of the target plant. This representation serves as a framework for structuring the access to information as well as defining associated "alarms'* at the various descriptive levels. Particular attention is paid to the level where mass and energy flows and balances are relevant. It is shown that the number of alarms here is reduced considerably while information about con-tent and interrelationships is enhanced - which at the same time eases the retrieval problem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


    • Risø-M-2511
    • Alarm systems
    • Control rooms
    • Diagnosis
    • Display devices
    • Flow models
    • Functional analysis
    • Human factors
    • Industrial plants
    • Information needs
    • Information retrieval
    • Man-machine systems
    • Power plants

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    Goodstein, L. P. (1985). Functional Alarming and Information Retrieval. Risø National Laboratory. Risø-M, No. 2511