HFES Environmental Technical Group Webinar: Design Human Factors in Onshore and Offshore Work Environment Design
Recorded On: 05/02/2023
Changing operational models, coupled with increasing digitalization, automation and emerging autonomous systems are reconfiguring how complex safety-critical systems are being organized, designed and operated. In turn, these advancing technological capabilities are altering the required skills, tasks and needs of sharp-end workers and their work environment. This webinar presents ongoing developments that are transforming operational paradigms in relation to future work environment design and operator needs in two sectors: (i) shipping and (ii) offshore energy. The shift from sharp-end operators living and working onboard their assets (e.g. physically onboard a ship or oil and gas platform) and to increasing capabilities for remote, multi-field onshore control and supervision has implications not only for the skills and competency requirements of operators, but their work environment and system design. We discuss several ongoing academic research and industry projects focusing on work environment design of offshore and onshore control centers related to design and operational requirements, and the human factors challenges faced in supporting increasingly distributed and onshore operations.
Laura Critch, MSc, EurErg
Laura Critch is a Principal Consultant in Operations and Maintenance with Equinor. Laura supports user-centered design solutions and improving human and organizational performance in complex safety-critical operations. Her current work within the energy industry focuses on ensuring implementation of safety in design solutions and compliance towards Human Factors requirements and best practices. Laura received a Master of Science, specializing in Ergonomics from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and is a certified European Ergonomist.
Steven Mallam, PhD
Researcher, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
Steven Mallam is a Human Factors researcher with the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of South-Eastern Norway. Steven’s research focuses on the analysis and optimization of complex socio-technical systems, primarily in maritime settings. Particularly, he is interested in enhancing individuals and teams through organizational strategies, training and design solutions. Steven received a PhD in Human Factors in 2016 from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
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