December 2002


Reduce engineering rework, plant life cycle costs

Structured approach ensures early integration of cost-effective, user-friendly designs

Brand, D. M., Farnest Engineering BV; Rensink, H. J. T., Shell International Health Services

Human factors engineering is an applied science that aims to integrate knowledge of human capabilities and constraints with product design, workplaces and installations. The goal is to improve the efficient, comfortable, safe and healthy functioning of people and assets. Although the human-machine interface in new petrochemical projects has always been considered to be an integral part of sound design and engineering, many misfits in operability, maintainability and system reliability have nonetheless been experienced after implementation. In addition, pre-startup and post-implementation reviews have indicated eff

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