1st Edition

Intelligent Infrastructure User-centred Remote Condition Monitoring

    154 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    With the development of sensor technology, wireless communications, big data, and machine learning, there is an increasing interest in technologies and solutions that assess and predict the state of equipment and assets within various industrial settings. These technologies aim to collect information from multiple sources about infrastructure asset status. Then, through current and historical data analysis, this configuration of technologies delivers intelligence on current and future asset status to a maintenance operator or manager to inform optimal maintenance decision-making. These technologies are known under different terms – remote condition monitoring, e-maintenance, prognostic systems, predictive maintenance, and smart or intelligent infrastructure. Despite the promise of remote condition monitoring and predictive technologies, there is a growing concern with such technologies because they can be difficult or impractical to use.

     Understanding and mitigating potential human factors issues could ensure that such vast investments are not wasted. This book considers, in depth, the challenges placed on users of current and future condition monitoring systems. Its primary focus is to understand the cognitive processes, including managing alarms, interpreting data, and collaborating with automation. The book describes a range of human factors methods that can be used to understand the current and future functioning of people and technology in an enhanced maintenance and asset monitoring context. The book also presents a framework for describing these issues systematically and presents the resulting design considerations to increase the effectiveness of individual operators and organisations as a whole.

    1. Introducing human factors for remote condition monitoring.  2. Remote condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.  3. Challenges of Remote Condition Monitoring.  4. Human factors to explore remote condition monitoring.  5. Understanding cognition within maintenance contexts.  6. Understanding alarm handling: a case in railway Electrical Control Systems.  7. Cognitive Work Analysis to understand asset monitoring and management.  8. Defining Intelligent Infrastructure and identifying the key challenges.  9. Final remarks.


    Dr Nastaran Dadashi is a researcher, educator and a Chartered human factors specialist. She has a PhD in Human Factors (Future Railway Intelligent Infrastructure) from the University of Nottingham (Human Factors Research Group), where she worked as a research fellow. As a researcher, she applies human factors principles to a broad range of industries, including nuclear, health care, and the creative sector. As an educator, Nastaran works with digital experience designers at George Brown College, Canada (School of Design), to ensure that the next generation of digital innovations is accessible, ethical, and responsible.  

    Dr David Golightly is Lecturer in Human-Systems Integration within the Future Mobility Group, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK. David is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Ergonomist, researching user-centred design for transport innovation and operations. This has included application of knowledge elicitation from experts for rail socio-technical systems modelling, and in the human aspects of operational safety and performance for transport systems. David has also applied knowledge elicitation and decision-making analyses in support accident and incident investigation, for manufacturing, and in hospital care co-ordination. Prior to his research career, David led commercial usability and user-centred design programmes at a global telecoms provider, and a FTSE100 fintech provider. 

    Professor Sarah Sharples is Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham. From 2015-16 she was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. She is co-Editor of the Ergonomics and Human Factors text book ‘Evaluation of Human Work: 4th edition’. In 2021 she was appointed as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Transport.

    Richard Bye is Head of Ergonomics and Human Factors at Network Rail. With more than 15 years of hands-on human factors experience in the rail industry, he has been involved in a wide range of physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics projects. Richard has worked on initiatives as diverse as the assurance of safety-critical operational processes, the introduction of smartphones and tablets for frontline track workers, the development of decision support tools for the railway’s internet of things, and the implementation of new technology to increase the resilience of real-time rail operations.