Human Factors Aspects of Power System Voltage Contour Visualizations

T. J. Overbye, D. A. Wiegmann, A. M. Rich, Y. Sun

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This paper presents experimental results associated with human-factors aspects of utilizing color contours to visualize electric power system bus voltage magnitude information. Participants were divided into three groups: the first group saw only one-line numeric data, the second only one-line contour data, while the third saw both. The purpose of the experiment was to determine how quickly participants could both acknowledge low voltage violations and perform corrective control actions. Results indicated the contour-only visualization resulted in the quickest voltage violation acknowledgments, while the numeric-data-only visualization resulted in the quickest solution times. Testing was done using a modified version of the IEEE 118 bus system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Power Engineering Review
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Power system operations and planning
  • contouring
  • human factors
  • voltage visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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