An investigation into the visualisation of the transmission network by national grid controllers

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dc.contributor.author Lazanas, Panagiotis
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-03T07:54:45Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-03T07:54:45Z
dc.date.issued 2006-11-03T07:54:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/1595
dc.description Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, School of Electrical & Infomation Engineering, MSC Dissertation en
dc.description.abstract The South African electrical utility,ESKOM, is one of the largest in the world with 40 GW capacity, worth R 965 billion, and an annual income of R 33 billion. The people responsible for the voltage control of the ESKOM transmission grid are highly skilled voltage controllers. An investigation was conducted to identify what constitutes their expertise. This is a ultidisciplinary research project that incorporates the fields of Power System Engineering, Industrial and Cognitive Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Observations of the voltage controllers at work were carried out followed by in-depth interviews in order to identify, their Mental Control Strategies, Power System Visualization techniques, and Mental Models. Expert and novice voltage controllers were included in the research as well as one in-house Man Machine Interface (MMI) developer. Some of the main findings are: ·The sophisticated mental strategies that allow controllers to simplify the overabundance of data presented to them. ·The subconsciously created vivid mental imagery that they use to make fast intuitive decisions. Having obtained the above information, MMI design and human controller training can be optimised. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Power System Visualization en
dc.subject Mental Models en
dc.subject Power System en
dc.subject Operation en
dc.subject Operator Mental Models en
dc.subject Cognitive Systems Engineering en
dc.title An investigation into the visualisation of the transmission network by national grid controllers en
dc.type Thesis en


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