about Linda Macaulay

Linda A Macaulay
Professor of System Design / Manchester Business School
The University of Manchester, Booth Street East, M15 6PB

Research Projects and Funding

Control Room 2000

Duration:9 months (1990)
Funding body:Electricity Research and Development Council
Project effort:6 person months
Grant value:19, 740
Status:Principal investigator
Industrial collaboration:MANWEB, NORWEB, SEEBOARD
Co-investigator:Professor Paul Layzell (Department of Computation)

One of the problems being addressed by the electricity research and development centre at the time was that of the increasing complexity of the control room wall-diagram. Several regional electricity distribution companies were examining the use of graphics in order to facilitate viewing images of the wall-diagram and associated data on a VDU screen. The concern was that this approach was short term and too heavily conditioned by generations of experience with wall-diagrams.

The purpose of the Control Room 2000 project was to take a 'fresh look' at the information needs of the control room staff. In particular, to view the problem from a five to ten year perspective and to use the knowledge and understanding gained by such an analysis to explore alternatives to the wall-diagram that will be more suited to the next generation of computer-aided systems.

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