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By: Sotb  09-12-2011
Keywords: interface design, user interface design, Control Room

Control Center Design

Control Center Design for New, Existing, and Modernization Projects

Depending on when we engage on a project (the earlier the better) we can show you how the decisions you make regarding your control center can improve the over all effectiveness of the building, improve operations performance and even improve your DCS graphics.

We have experience working on revamps of existing buildings and new complexes that are located away from the operating units.

Workshops are available in the area of human factors, control center and user interface design based in specific needs of the client.

How We Approach Control Center Design

Our approach to control center design starts at the operator and works outward. Basically this means that we look at the graphics, number and type of screens required, console sizing, adjacency requirements and so on. This is contrary to the traditional approach of “building a box” and then trying to make everything fit inside - often, the result is a control room that is too small and does not allow for expansion. However, sometimes this is the only option which then requires a lot of creativity and prioritization of requirements. Our entire approach is holistic and requires participation from the project/client stakeholders and users.

We can provide design expertise and experience in the following factors which impact the design and performance of the building:

  • User interfaces (graphics, panel alarms, communication devices etc)
  • Design of the operating console
  • Arrangement of consoles within the control room
  • Arrangement of supporting equipment, facilities, and people within and around the control room
  • Information and communication links between the control room and other facilities and functions within the business
  • Control room environment, including lighting and acoustics
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities of the users

Keywords: Control Room, interface design, user interface design

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The feature that distinguishes our approach to graphics development is that it is a systematic process firmly based on Human Factors principles, industry experience, and DCS system capabilities. Our goal is to provide operators with the information they require at the appropriate level of detail and in a form that takes advantage of human cognitive capabilities.



In addition to our core services, we can also provide interior design and cad/cam services for control room projects, if required. The scope of work for any of our projects typically falls under one or all of the following categories. We can provide one to tow day consulting services or a large team to support a modernization project. Each assignment we take on is unique in some way so our services are flexible.