Designing Control Room


Background
In the past, all control was done from field shelters. A control system upgrade has enabled the site to move to a new control facility. The field shelters will still be used by field operators for important functions such as maintenance coordination, issuing work permits, sampling, new employee training, but are poorly designed for these functions. The main controls are transferred to the new control room, but maintenance and backup control view is available in the field shelter and is used for diagnosing, testing, and training. With the removal of the console operator it is important to re-design the room for the field operator functionality. These renovations may include hardening the building.

UCDS has in-depth experience in designing control rooms and modifying existing field shelters. Our process is compliant with the ISO 11064 Ergonomic Design Standard for Control Buildings. We interview management, supervision and a significant group of the operators to understand functional requirements, what works well in the existing environment, and identification and correction of problems with the existing design.

Some customers prefer to walk away from their existing building and move the field operators into a Modular Blast Resistant Building. Our process helps facilitate this move and provides a detailed design for the Modular Building manufacturer.

We help identify if you can rationalize many field shelters into a smaller number of more centralized field shelters. One site went from 16 field shelters to 3 new field shelters, utilizing modular buildings, located in strategic locations.


Service Description

UCDS provides a variety of control room design servicesControl room design services and consulting

The first step in the process is identifying the required number and location of field shelters required. This is accomplished by reviewing process safety information, site plans, and API RP752 reports and then discussing renovation, remodel, or alternative solutions with plant personnel.

Once the number field shelters has been established, we spend time capturing requirements from managers, supervisors, operators along with other secondary users of the building such as maintenance, planners, and laboratory staff. UCDS will ensure rooms are designed for functional requirements and good collaboration and communication, whilst addressing traffic flow through the building and minimizing disturbances. The building will also address issues such as responding to emergency situations and how operators use equipment like respirators and specialized PPE. Design considerations include:

  • Best locations for new buildings
  • Primary and secondary user requirements
  • Room types, sizing and functions
  • Building and room adjacencies
  • Functional adjacencies based on work flow interactions and good communication and collaboration strategies
  • Design and work process requirements
  • Shared equipment arrangements
  • Fatigue countermeasures
  • Recommendations in collaboration with your Architect and their design contractors on:
  • Flooring
  • Finishes
  • Lighting
  • HVAC system
  • Noise
  • Use of interior glazing
  • Traffic flow
  • And many more…

We develop design alternatives and solicit feedback from the users. We then integrate this feedback into a final design and generate a ±30% budget estimate, or ±10% for modular buildings. To modify an existing building to code and to develop a ±10% estimate an architect will need to be involved. This ±10% estimate may require local planning permission, upgrading buildings to today’s building codes, and developing construction drawings.

As the Client goes through the iterative process of finalizing the building design, User Centered Design Services will be available for consultation as required.

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For additional information or to book a study please E-mail us at: sales@mycontrolroom.com



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Technical

UCDS has in-depth experience in designing control rooms and modifying existing field shelters. Our process is compliant with the ISO 11064 Ergonomic Design Standard for Control Buildings. We interview management, supervision and a significant group of the operators to understand functional requirements, what works well in the existing environment, and identification and correction of problems with the existing design. To learn more Click Here

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Situation Awareness

Abnormal situations encompass a range of events outside the “normal” plant operating modes, e.g. trips, fires, explosions, toxic releases or just not reaching planned targets. In the past incidents such as Piper Alpha, Milford Haven, Flixborough, Texas City and the 2003 northeast electrical blackout have all been attributed, at least in part, to a fundamental lack of good situational awareness. Early work of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium® included a survey of the US petrochemical industry. Based on their research the consortium estimates industry losses of around $20 billion per year from abnormal situations, approximately equal to the total annual profits of that industry. Furthermore these studies indicate that companies achieving Best Practices in operations can improve productivity by 5-12%. To learn more Click Here

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Fatigue Alertness Management

We have many customers looking to enhance their shift handover procedures and follow some of the Recommended Practices identified in the API documents; others are focusing attention on fatigue and fatigue countermeasures. We have great solutions for both these topics. For more details please contact Steve Maddox. To learn more Click Here

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Behavior

User Centered Design Services promotes Behavior – Based Safety which is a process that helps employees identify and choose safe behavior over an unsafe one. Safety in the workplace is a combination of three measurable components – the person their environment, and their behavior. To learn more Click Here

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About the Control Room Operator Performance Group

The purpose of this group is to share ideas and solutions that contribute to improving the performance of the control room operator. Abnormal situations can be managed safely and effectively if we provide our operators with the right training, workload, environment, and interfaces.