November 20, 2015

Gary, Joey, and myself returned home yesterday from two days of meetings with the Center for Operator Performance (COP) in Houston, TX. Several participating agencies were in attendance, including Beville Engineering, Chevron, Chevron Phillips, Flint Hills Resources, and many others. Our team's first presentation on the ShadowBox approach, Phase I and II updates, and a software demo were met by the group with great questions, comments, and support. ShadowBox also led off the second day with updates from our ongoing project with Chevron Phillips, and ideas for a Phase III proposal. 


We would like to thank COP and all in...

October 15, 2015

Yesterday, Joseph Borders spoke about the importance of developing cognitive skills at 2015 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Workforce Training and Development Forum. The session, titled “Man vs. Machine,” explored various ways to capture and transfer tacit knowledge using simulation and other low-fidelity methods (e.g., tabletop exercises). The Center for Operator Performance (COP) and ShadowBox LLC are currently addressing these challenges with Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston, Texas. 


Click on the image to learn more about the AFPM forum. 





October 5, 2015

ShadowBox has been featured in CONTROL magazine for our recent work with the petrochemical industry.


Click on the image to access the article, Military Training Improves Operator Performance.





October 2, 2015

Gary, Joseph, and I made a trip to the Chevron Phillips Chemical Pasadena, Texas plant this week to learn more about what it really takes to be an expert in the petrochemical domain. During the trip, our team conducted several Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) interviews to uncover the cognitive challenges of a board operator. We also had the great opportunity to take a tour of the plant - which brought everything that we'd been hearing about to life.


Not surprisingly, there is a lot involved in managing such a complex process and keeping everyone at the plant safe. We plan to use what we gathered over the past four days to inf...

June 5, 2015

Gary Klein and Joseph Borders will be giving an update on our project work with the Center for Operator Performance this coming Tuesday, June 9. We're looking forward to sharing our findings on the effectiveness of the ShadowBox training tool for improving petrochemical panel operator decision-making.


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