February 2014, Vol. 241 No. 2

Features

Human-Machine Interfaces Can Benefit Oil & Gas Industry

Standard practices today simply use human machine interfaces (HMI) as windows into a system by allowing some information to be passed back and forth through those windows. This method anticipates the user having the knowledge to use that information both in and out of the system, such as coming up with solutions to problems or passing the information along to the correct individuals. Specifically applied to the oil and gas pipeline industry, this could mean an operator receives a warning message from a remote location along a pipeline that simply says “error” or “malfunction,” rather than a more accurate description of the problem. This is a difficulty fo

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