HP Activity Categories
- Human performance related transition factors
- Design of working environment and human-machine interfaces
- Impact on human performance
- Technical system supporting human performance
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Assessment of situational awareness
Situation awareness (SA) is the term that is used within human factors to describe the level of awareness that operators have of the situation that they are engaged in. It focuses on how operators develop and maintain a sufficient understanding of “what is going on” in order to achieve success in task performance.
Situation awareness is crucial factor in safety critical domains related to individual and team performance and a key consideration in system design and evaluation of command and control systems, training programs and procedures.
The level of situation awareness (SA) that systems and devices provide to individuals and teams is a critical factor that needs assessing throughout the design process. There are various methods available for assessing SA, yet there is little guidance available on which of these methods are the most valid, reliable and accurate.
It is suggested that when measuring SA, the characteristics of the task and the aims of the analysis should be considered in the selection of an appropriate SA measure. It may be worthwhile to use a selection of SA measures when assessing the construct in complex collaborative environments.