January 31, 2023
An Analysis of Grid Operator Survey Responses: Inexperience, Workload and Fatigue in the Control Room
AbstractAlthough a wide array of tools and technologies have been developed over the last decade to support power grid operators, deployment of these tools has been less successful. One reason for unsuccessful deployment may be an inadequate understanding of the factors that contribute to operator error in the control room. An analysis of operators’ current vulnerabilities may provide the baseline understanding needed to inform new technology integration. In an attempt to learn more about these vulnerabilities and their perceived impact on human error we collected and analyzed survey data from 20 electric grid control room operators. We asked survey respondents to consider the various operator, technology and interaction vulnerabilities that may arise during work in the control room and record their attitudes and experiences toward each. Results suggest operator inexperience, high mental workload and fatigue are the most common vulnerabilities experienced during a shift. Survey results were analyzed to explore these vulnerabilities in greater depth.
Published: January 31, 2023