Development of Operating Instructional System Using AR Technology in Chemical Plants
International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2015, Pages: 71-78
Received: Jun. 23, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 1, 2015; Published: Jul. 10, 2015
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Atsuko Nakai, Centerfor Safe and Disaster-Resistant Society, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
Shun Motoyoshi, Graduate School of Natural Science & Technology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
Fuminori Oomori, Graduate School of Natural Science & Technology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
Kazuhiko Suzuki, Graduate School of Natural Science & Technology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
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In recent years, Japan's industrial accident rate has shown an increasing trend. This is especially remarkable due to chemical industrial complexes. As is well-known, many kinds of hazardous materials are being controlled in chemical facilities. If a serious accident occurs, there is the potential for severe damage to employees and the residents of local communities. A primary factor in these accidents is the lack of safety awareness, safety knowledge, safety management system deficiencies, and insufficiency of safety ethics. In addition, industrial technology is highly diversified and complicated. As a result, operators cannot grasp the whole situation of the abnormalities and potential crises present. In other words, operators are unable to take the appropriate safety measures to prevent accidents. In some cases, equipment failure shave developed into serious accidents due to incorrect operation by the operator. This paper presents systems that provide information to operators by using augmented reality (AR) technology in chemical plants. AR can enhance real-world environments using virtual objects such as computer graphics. This system can help plant operators to confirm procedures in order to ensure proper operation. Furthermore, the operator can recognize the equipment to be operated properly using a tablet PC with a built-in camera. The proposed system can provide the plant information based on the dynamic simulator (DS). In an emergency, chemical plant operators are required to make quick decisions to prevent the escalation of an accident. To convey accurate indication information of the work, it is useful to recognize target equipment using AR marker in addition to the output information by individual voice from control room. Our developed systems can support chemical plant operators to make quick decisions and to follow correct operating procedures.
Instructional System, AR, Operation Support, Human Error
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Atsuko Nakai, Shun Motoyoshi, Fuminori Oomori, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Development of Operating Instructional System Using AR Technology in Chemical Plants, International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 71-78. doi: 10.11648/j.ijiis.20150404.11
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