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Improvement of engine room simulator visibility for maritime education training


Miwa, T and Yanbin, W and Sasawaki, Y and Kado, M and Lokuketagoda, GO and Uchida, M, Improvement of engine room simulator visibility for maritime education training, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators, 20-21 September 2017, Odessa, Ukraine, pp. 154-159. ISBN 978-966-7591-72-4 (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Watch keeping marine engineers constantly gaze at the control consoles where many gauges and meters are installed and depend on the readings of those for the proper running conditions of machinery.

In ergonomics and psychology, when a person process at a given instant the information, that upper limit number of information is known as 7 ± 2 [1]. Humans can increase the memorized number of numerical value which is displayed on a meter panel by forming causalities and chunks or rhyming game etc., against a numerical value. It is a method to give a meaning and a value for meaningless number, and to increase the capacity that people can memorize. However, at the real work environment, engineer should be able to monitor the meters with moving needles that indicate the operating condition of the machineries that changes every moment and discriminate whether it is normal or abnormal. It needs not only remembering the numerical value, but also understands their meaning. Otherwise, they will not be able to manage the machinery and plant properly.

As a characteristic of the marine engine console panel, the location of the meters on panel and the painting are different by the manufacturers’ intention according to ship owners’ requests. It is necessary to select proper colors for panels and suitable placement of gauges and meters, in order to reduce physical fatigue and mental stress and improve the visibility and readability. However, if color selection is not harmony to each other, there is also the risk of causing discomfort to engineers.

In this study, to focus on the color scheme of the control console of the marine engine room. The meter panel color is changed, and it objectively evaluate by participant. We found the specific tendency in engineer group, also student’s group too.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:visibility, inductivity, readability, color difference
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Lokuketagoda, GO (Mr Gamini Lokuketagoda)
ID Code:120354
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2017-08-22
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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