Measuring operator's situation awareness in smart operation of cranes

Yihai Fang, Yong K. Cho

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Abstract

Equipment operators play an integral role in the safe and efficiency operation of heavy equipment. They observe the environment, understand the situation, and make decisions and actions accordingly. Compared with other types of equipment, operating a crane is more sophisticated and mentally demanding, and thus crane operators are more vulnerable to human errors. Therefore, special considerations to mitigate operator errors should be taken when designing an operatorassistance system for construction cranes. With the goal of improving the operators' situation awareness (SA) of safety risks, this research presents a technical framework and practical system architecture for an operator-assistance system by leveraging real-time motion sensing and 3D modeling of dynamic workspaces. An approach for evaluating operators' SA was proposed to validate the effectiveness of the assistance system in actual lifting operations. Results in a series of field tests indicated that the prototype system improved the operators' SA which resulted in an improved lift performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages96-103
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 28 Jun 20171 Jul 2017
Conference number: 34th

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2017
Abbreviated titleISARC 2017
CountryTaiwan
CityTaipei
Period28/06/171/07/17

Keywords

  • Crane operation
  • Operator
  • Safety
  • Situation awareness

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Fang, Y., & Cho, Y. K. (2017). Measuring operator's situation awareness in smart operation of cranes. 96-103. Paper presented at International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2017, Taipei, Taiwan.