Driver Performance Modelling and Its Practical Application to Railway Safety

This article reports on the development of a model of railway driver performance that can inform the creation and management of an ergonomic interface between the train driver and the rail infrastructure. The study was designed to assist the development of cab and infrastructure design standards. Approximately 250 driver participants have completed the experimental trials thus far. The model uses cognitive theory and modeling techniques to describe driver performance in relation to infrastructure features and operational conditions. The model is capable of predicting the performance time, workload, and error consequences of different operational conditions. The authors report on the application of this model to four different studies: research on the effect of line speed on driver interaction with signals and signs; calculation of minimum reading times for signals; development of a human factors signals passed at danger (SPAD) hazard checklist; and research on the demands imposed on drivers by European train control system (ETCS) driving in a United Kingdom context. The authors conclude that this model may be applied to any aspect of the task that imposes workload on the driver, from the interfaces in the cab, the design and placement of furniture on the track, even to the impact of speed profiles and timetabling on the way the route is driven.

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  • Authors:
    • Hamilton, W Ian
    • Clarke, Theresa
  • Publication Date: 2005-11


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  • Accession Number: 01013485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2005 12:04PM