MindSafe is equipped with a set of architectural features to make it flexible and usable for diverse purposes.
All the features of MindSafe are designed to enable users to get answers to the question that they are wondering , such as “what is the effect of meteorological conditions?”, “what are the effects of an unexpected event on the operators understanding, decision-making capabilities and emotional-reactions?”
MindSafe enable users to create and manipulate real-time and runtime environmental parameters in order to test how performance is affected by them.
In practice, MindSafe enables users to:
- Create windy scenarios and change wind speed and direction
- Create rainy, snowy, foggy, cloudy and sandy scenarios
- Change ambient light, as time goes by, according to the latitude
Record and Replay
To quickly and correctly debrief, it is fundamental to have the opportunity to record and bookmark important situations occurred during experiments.
MindSafe enables users to record and replay:
- Each entire experiment
- The facial expressions of operators during experiments
- The communication amongst operators during experiments
- Each action performed by operators during experiments
- Bookmark interesting situations
Augmented (Virtual) Reality
One of the critical problems arising in coordination and communication is the different picture Control Room Operators and Field Operators use to understand what’s going on (situation awareness).
Control Room Operators interpret the situation on the basis of the schematic representation of the plant that the control room panels allow them to derive. Field Operators interpret the situation having at their disposal the reality.
Typically, sensors and variables monitored by the Control Room and the Field Operators are different. This is why it is important to align the two views by means of the Augmented (Virtual) Reality.
MindSafe is featured with Augmented (Virtual) Reality features to allow displaying information that is not visible in reality but might be useful to
- learn quicker (during training)
- improve decision-making (during operation and maintenance)
To correctly benchmark the performance of different crews in facing the same scenario, the experiment each crew performs must be exactly the same. Otherwise, the comparison is not scientifically correct and the comparison is meaningless.
MindSafe is equipped with REPLICATOR, which is an engine that guarantees that all experiments performed by different crews reflect the same exact scenario, with the same exact timeline and sequence of events.
The REPLICATOR can even be used in a “free mode” to set the experiment boundaries with the help of the best-in-class crew. This is to help trainers and managers to set their own internal benchmark points.
Unlike a flight simulator, where the space to reproduce, i.e., that of the cockpit is limited and easily replicable, a plant simulator, as MindSafe can be conceptually compared with and is much harder to create due to the management of plant spaces.
Often a task requires different field operators to act in different parts of the plant that are far apart from each other.
MindSafe allows users to distribute and display multiple controls of the same scenario being experimented by different operators in different part of the plant in a seamless smooth manner.
Human Performance Assessment
The ultimate goal of experimenting scenarios is to draw conclusions that can be used in decision-making.
Managers and trainers need to quickly derive conclusions from experiments.
While the trends of plant parameters are easy to track and display thanks to the link of MindSafe with commercial dynamic process simulators, trends of human performance are not at all easy to track and measure.
MindSafe is equipped with PERFORMEX, which is a real-time tracking system that tracks human actions and manipulate recorded variables to give rise to meaningful Human Performance Indicators (HPI) panorama.
MindSafe combines automatically performance indexes to scoring sessions in a structured and engineered fashion.