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Beds, Bucks & Herts Regional Group event @ Cranfield University
Dec 2 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Chris Avis, Gareth Tucker and Sarah Fletcher would like to invite you to the first ever meeting of the CIEHF Beds, Bucks and Herts Regional Group.

The meeting will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday the 2nd December at Cranfield University in room LR4 in the Vincent building.

The agenda is very open so that we can use this first session as a meet and greet event to gain an idea of what people want from the Regional Group from 2016 and beyond.

Hope to see you there!

Control Rooms Conference 2015 @ Dexter House
Dec 9 @ 09:00 – Dec 10 @ 17:30

Innovation in control room designs and operations with system integration and future interfaces

Programme highlights include:

– Insight into removing technology clutter in control rooms
– Learn about dealing with the demand from technology and modification of control rooms on the operators
– CCTV in the process control room – case study example from real life projects
– Overview of the new international standard for alarm management IEC62682
– Control rooms of the future in an industry 4.0 perspective with cloud-based, big data, control centre networks
– Achieving operator effectiveness and situational awareness in control rooms to ensure safe operations and maximise productivity
– Update on the recently revised 3rd Edition of EEMUA 191 and update on EEMUA 201 and proposed revision
– Case study on process boundaries and their relevance to CCR Operations

For more information, or to register your place, please visit: www.ibcenergy.com/FKA2578IEHWL
North West & North Wales Regional Group event @ Birchwood Golf Club
Dec 10 @ 17:30 – 19:00

You are invited to a joint Regional Group event with the Safety & Reliability Society on 10th December at Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington starting at 17:30.

Jerry Williams will be making a presentation: Human Error – Common Problems, New Problems, New Solutions

This presentation will discuss problems that continue to impact the Human Factors World and the Safety and Reliability Community. It will be shown that Human Factors technology is starting to respond to some of the common problems encountered by both sets of practitioners, but that, in the process, this has revealed a new range of problems. Although good progress can be claimed, there are some areas in which efforts continue to be hampered by a lack of information and which require a radical re-think.

Human failure evidence from the aviation sector will be used to illustrate some common problems that affect Safety and Reliability and Human Factors risk control solutions. With regard to new solutions, the outlook is relatively good and, with one or two notable exceptions, it looks as though application of human engineering principles and techniques combined properly with safety and reliability technology will provide a powerful and effective way forward for both communities.

For more details, please contact Emma Ridsdale at NWestNWalesRG@ergonomics.org.uk.

To book your free place, please complete the short online registration form.

London & South East Regional Group event @ AECOM
Dec 15 @ 17:30 – 19:30

The CIEHF’s London and South East Regional Group will be hosting its winter event in December. We would be delighted if you would join us.

Dr Steve Summerskill, Senior Lecturer in Product & Industrial Design from the Loughborough Design School, will be giving a presentation of particular relevance to London, its drivers and cyclists. The presentation will illustrate two research projects which have been funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) which focus upon the issue of blind spots in Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver’s vision.

The first project involved the use of the SAMMIE Digital Human Modelling system in the identification of blind spots that are associated with accidents with vulnerable road users. The research team identified a key blind spot, and worked with the DfT to revise European standards to remove this blind spot. This change in regulation has changed the mirror design of all new vehicles produced after June 2015.

This work directly led to a project with Transport for London as part of the CLOCS programme which aims to quantify and compare the size of blind spots associated with the top selling HGVs in the UK. The aim is to identify design features which improve direct vision through the windows of HGVs and to foster improved design in the future.

Following the presentation we will have an open forum for discussions, as well as a chance to network and enjoy some refreshments. To reserve a place, please register online.

You can also get news and updates by joining the London Ergonomics Group on LinkedIn.

We look forward to seeing you there.

(This event was postponed from the summer, due to industrial action by London Underground on the day.)

Scottish Regional Group event
Feb 11 @ 18:00 – 19:30

The next meeting of the Scottish Regional Group will take place from 18:00 to 19:30 on 11th February 2016 in Glasgow. The exact venue will be confirmed shortly.

Dr Ron McLeod, who has been appointed as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer for their lecture season running from September 2016 to June 2017, will give a presentation entitled ‘Human Factors in Barrier Thinking’.

The oil and gas industry places great reliance on layers-of-defences, or barrier thinking, to protect against process safety incidents. Human performance continues to be the single most widely relied on barrier: whether as a defence in its own right, or in implementing, inspecting, maintaining and supporting engineered defences. Human error, in its many forms, also continues to be a significant threat to the reliability of engineered and organisational defences. While approaches to developing and assuring layers of defences strategies have become increasingly formalised and rigorous in recent years, many organisations struggle to know how to ensure the human defences they rely on are as robust as they reasonably can be when those strategies are developed and implemented. Drawing on the 2005 explosion and fire at the Buncefield fuel storage site as a case study, the presentation considers issues associated with the independence and effectiveness of human defences. Organisations can improve the strength of their human defences by being clearer about exactly what it is they expect and intend of human performance to protect against threats. The presentation sets out challenges organisations can use to ensure the human defences they rely on are as robust and reliable as they reasonably can be.

Please book your free place online.

Applied Ergonomics @ Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Mar 21 – Mar 24 all-day

Mark your calendar for March 21 – 24, 2016 and plan to join us at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida and take advantage of the opportunity to improve your ergonomics skills, gain insight and connect with global professionals within the healthcare, human factors, government, manufacturing and safety and energy industries at this year’s conference.

Call for abstracts
For abstract guidelines and submission information, go to www.xcdsystem.com/appliedergo
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2015
Poster Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

The conference provides

  • Companies around the world with an avenue for recognition of expertise and achievements in ergonomics as well as cost-effective business practices/solutions.
  • An opportunity for professionals from a variety of specialties to discuss ergonomics issues with similar causes, effects or solutions (e.g. using manual handling equipment to transporttransport cleaning equipment vs. auto parts vs. boxed customer products).
  • An opportunity to share ideas between non-similar organizations (e.g., moving items in distribution sites vs. transporting cleaning equipment in a hospital vs. transferring items in an assembly process).
  • A meeting venue for multi-site companies or professional groups to meet together while engaging in continuing education opportunities. (Have a mini-conference with your peers while onsite.)
  • A networking opportunity for professionals and line workers from similar organizations (e.g., automaker to automaker) that facilitates an informal exchange of ideas.
  • An avenue for general conversation/networking with subject matter experts (SMEs).
  • Healthy competition and sharing of ideas within your organization when applying for the Ergo Cup competition.
  • A focused avenue for CEUs required for licensure or professional organization participation.
  • Informal Roundtable discussions where people with similar interests will meet with a facilitator to discuss particular topics of interest, sharing what each participant does or would like to do at his/her facility.
  • An opportunity for new speakers to gain confidence and comfort with presentation skills, especially graduate students.
  • An opportunity to nominate a practitioner or student for the Creativeness in Ergonomics (CE) Practitioner and Student of the Year Awards. A monetary award is being given in each category.
  • An avenue for students/job seekers to meet potential employers.

For more information about the AEC 2016, go to: www.appliedergoconference.org

Ergonomics & Human Factors 2016 @ Staverton Park
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Ergonomics & Human Factors is the annual international conference of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. It brings together academics and practitioners from all sectors to exchange ideas and information on the latest research, development and applications in ergonomics and human factors. We invite you to submit a paper, design a poster or run a workshop and help us to put together a quality programme packed with opportunities to learn, discuss, network and relax too.

Submission of papers
All papers should be submitted online via a link on the conference website, which will be available soon. All accepted full papers, extended abstracts and posters submitted before the October deadline, will be published in the conference proceedings. If you are making any type of presentation, you must register to attend the conference and pay the fee.
Full papers: If you are an industrial practitioner with a case study or an academic with some new research and you would like to explore an issue in depth and detail, please consider submitting a full paper. These should be up to eight pages long and will be peer reviewed.
Extended abstracts: If you are a researcher or practitioner who has an example of work that may be still in progress, or that provides an interesting case study, you can submit an extended abstract of up to two pages. You could consider a dual presentation with a client of a practical case study.
Posters: If you wish to demonstrate and discuss your latest research and developments in progress, you could submit a poster. This could be a practical case study, development of a new tool or innovative idea. You will need to submit a descriptive paper of up to two pages which will be peer reviewed.
Workshops: If you are looking to publicise and trial a new tool or technique, or to brainstorm an idea, or to pass on useful practical information, please consider proposing a workshop. You will need to submit a descriptive paper of up to two pages which will be peer reviewed.

Day-long symposia
Within the event, we run a number of symposia which start with a lead presentation followed by up to eight further paper presentations on the same topic. At this event these symposia may include the following topics so we are particularly looking for submissions in these areas:

  • Aviation
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Defence
  • HCI
  • Interaction design
  • Automation
  • Practitioner issues

Important dates
You must submit your paper, abstract or poster by 2nd October 2015 and you will be notified of reviewers’ decisions by 13th November 2015. A provisional programme will then be published. You must submit your final formatted paper by 4th December 2015.

For full details and to submit visit the event website at www.ehf2016.org.uk.

The venue
With facilities including an indoor leisure complex with pool, sauna, steam room, spa and even its own 18-hole golf course, Staverton Park is one of the best equipped business hotels in Northamptonshire. The venue is set in 150 acres of beautiful countryside in the heart of Daventry. It is easily accessible from the M1, M6, M40 and Birmingham Airport. This will be our second visit to this venue.

Traffic & Transport Psychology @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Aug 2 – Aug 5 all-day

The quadrennially held international ICTTP conferences have achieved a long-standing and highly-regarded reputation as the leading international meeting in the field of traffic and transport psychology.

ICTTP2016 is expected to attract 300-350 delegates from around Australia and overseas and will be a global forum at which all those involved in traffic and transport psychology, human factors, cognition and behaviours, road safety research, policy, education, enforcement and injury prevention, can meet with researchers, academics, and professionals to discuss and present on the latest work being undertaken.

The conference theme “UN Decade of Action for Road Safety: The Half-way Point” will provide an invaluable opportunity for a broad range of presentations, with a particular focus on geographic regions where road safety action is needed most.