Naturalistic decision-making perspective on uncertainty reduction by civil engineers about the location of underground utilities

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    Abstract

    Modern engineers must perform their work carefully to avoid damaging buried underground utilities. Before starting ground works the exact location of pipes and cables must be confirmed. Current detection equipment still cannot provide complete certainty and requires extensive training in order to obtain the correct data. Digging test trenches remains an important practical tool to interpret subsurface conditions, but deciding on the number and location of test trenches is problematic. Decisions seem to be taken randomly and are based mostly on intuitive judgments. We conducted interviews and workshops in order to uncover the strategies used to select test trench location. Our results show that choices are influenced significantly by decision-makers’ experience. We describe our findings using Rasmussen’s Skills-Rules-Knowledge model. We propose that any
    future decision support system should combine elements from both analytical and naturalistic models.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNaturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making
    EditorsJulie Gore, Paul Ward
    Place of PublicationBath, UK
    PublisherUniversity of Bath
    Pages174-181
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-0-86197-194-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty, NDM 2017 - University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 13

    Conference

    Conference13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty, NDM 2017
    Abbreviated titleNDM 2017
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityBath
    Period20/06/1723/06/17

    Keywords

    • Decision-making
    • Civil engineering
    • Test trenches
    • Naturalistic Decision Making

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    Racz, P., van Buiten, M., & Doree, A. (2017). Naturalistic decision-making perspective on uncertainty reduction by civil engineers about the location of underground utilities. In J. Gore, & P. Ward (Eds.), Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty: Proceedings of the 13th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (pp. 174-181). Bath, UK: University of Bath.