Podcast 12- Disasters and Emergencies Pt. 3

Date Posted: Dec-28-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

This is part 3 of a 3 part series where Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis and Emergencies. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

UCDS December 2015 News

Date Posted: Dec-24-2015  |   Category: Main News
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It has been a very different year for UCDS. Our traditional work patterns dramatically changed which meant we did a lot more travelling than usual. I started the year recovering from foot surgery for a snapped Achilles issue but managed to make a trip in March to Sweden to visit …

Podcast 11- Disasters and Emergencies Pt. 2

Date Posted: Dec-14-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

This is part 2 of a 3 part series where Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis and Emergencies. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

Podcast 10- Disasters and Emergencies Pt. 1

Date Posted: Nov-30-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

In this special 3 part episode Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis, and Emergencies. If you would like more information about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

The World’s Most Advanced Biorefinery Moves to a Centralized Control Room With the Help of UCDS

Date Posted: Nov-16-2015  |   Category: Main News

Borregaard’s pulp & paper operation in Sarpsborg, Norway, was originally established in 1889. Over the years, significant investments have been made in the facility, including a new pulp-drying machine; new cutting, baling and, reeling equipment; and conversion of the bleaching plant to sulphite pulp. The original digester house, built in …

Podcast 9- Staffing Studies Part 2

Date Posted: Nov-09-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Ian Nimmo, President of User Centered Design Services, discusses the importance of proper staffing and workload levels in part one of this two part series. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo visit MyControlRoom.com

Podcast 8- Staffing Studies Part 1

Date Posted: Oct-26-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Ian Nimmo, President of User Centered Design Services, discusses the importance of proper staffing and workload levels in part one of this two part series. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo visit MyControlRoom.com

Navajo Refining New Mexico Builds a New Training Center

Date Posted: Oct-13-2015  |   Category: Main News

The following was written by Bill Stephens of SourceGas, describing his results in establishing best practices for compliance, guided by UCDS: Navajo Refining Company is part of the HollyFrontier Corporation. We are an oil refining company located in southeast New Mexico. There are approximately 360 employees at our site. While in the …

Podcast 7- Workshops Part 2

Date Posted: Oct-12-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Ian Nimmo continues his discussion of UCDS provided workshops in part 2 of 2. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit, MyControlRoom.com

SourceGas Pipeline Complies with PHMSA Regulations

Date Posted: Oct-01-2015  |   Category: Main News

The following was written by Bill Stephens of SourceGas, describing his results in establishing best practices for compliance, guided by UCDS: SourceGas LLC (“SourceGas”) and its subsidiaries serve approximately 425,000 customers and operate over 19,340 miles of natural gas distribution, gathering and transmission pipeline, as well as storage facilities in Arkansas, …

Invista Embraces Situation Awareness and Control Room Optimization

Date Posted:   |   Category: Main News

The following was written by Driscoll Staley of Invista, describing his control room design experience with UCDS: The Victoria nylon plant was constructed over 60 years ago and remains a key global supplier of intermediates. Each production unit represents a different molecule required for nylon production and is operated as separate business unit. …

Podcast 6- Workshops Part 1

Date Posted: Sep-28-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

In part 1 of a 2 part episode of the My Control Room Podcast, Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discusses the workshops provided by UCDS and the impact they can have on the functionality of a control room.

Sasol Lake Charles improves HMI with UCDS

Date Posted: Sep-17-2015  |   Category: Main News

The following was written by David Smith, Process Control Engineer at Sasol, describing his results in developing HMI philosophy with UCDS: Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemicals company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 32,400 people working in 37 countries. We develop and commercialize technologies, and build …

Podcast 5- Operator Fatigue Part 1

Date Posted: Sep-09-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

In this episode of the My Control Room Podcast Ian Nimmos discusses the damaging effects of operator fatigue and the ways companies can increase performance and decrease fatigue. To learn more about Ian Nimmo and UCDS please visit MyControlRoom.com

Rio Tinto Kennecott – A Case Study

Date Posted: Aug-31-2015  |   Category: Main News

The following was written by Rio Tinto Kennecott, describing their experience working with UCDS: At Rio Tinto Kennecott, we mine essential elements that make modern living possible. From medicine, food and shampoo, to cell phones, computers, CAT scans and hybrid electric cars, nearly everything you use today relies on materials …

Podcast 4 – Gap Analysis Part 2

Date Posted: Aug-25-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, explores Control Room Gap Analysis in this episode of the My Control Room Podcast. This is Part 2 of a 2 part series of Control Room Gap Analysis. For more information about Ian and User Centered Design Services please visit MyControlRoom.com

Podcast 4 – Gap Analysis Part 1

Date Posted: Aug-20-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, explores Control Room Gap Analysis in this episode of the My Control Room Podcast. This is Part 1 of a 2 part series of Control Room Gap Analysis. For more information about Ian and User Centered Design Services please visit MyControlRoom.com

A lasting plan for alarms under control

Date Posted: Aug-19-2015  |   Category: Main News

By Ian Nimmo and Stephen Maddox | Aug 18, 2015 Summary: A well-written alarm philosophy defines procedures that allow your team to get alarms under control now and for the long haul. Alarm management seems to be a never-ending task: company X hires consultant Y to repair their badly designed …

Podcast 3 – Human Machine Interface

Date Posted: Aug-13-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

In this episode of the My Control Room Podcast Ian discusses Human Machine Interface and the importance of accurate and easy to read graphics. For more information about User Centered Design Services, Ian Nimmo and his team visit MyControlRoom.com

Podcast 2 – Alarm Management

Date Posted: Jul-29-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

In this episode of the MyControlRoom Podcast Ian discusses the importance of alarm management, and how the simplicity of color factors in to the performance of the operator. For more information as well as access to UCDS’s White Pages containing information on Safety and Alarm Management visit: http://mycontrolroom.com/download-pages/alarm-management-documents

Podcast 1- Get to know UCDS

Date Posted: Jul-15-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Episode 1: In this episode Ian Nimmo shares how he started User Centered Design Services after spending decades in the field as an engineer and project manager for large scale corporations. Ian explores a few of the many services UCDS offers and what the future holds for the company. Ian …

UCDS Overview Video

Date Posted: Jul-02-2015  |   Category: Podcasts

Unplanned downtime, equipment damage, poor product quality, loss of life, these are just some of the results caused by abnormal situations. Control room operators are the first line of defense when abnormal situations occur, how quickly they identify problems and manage the situation depends on how well we have applied …

With Ian Nimmo’s Help Borregaard Consolidates 8 Control Rooms

Date Posted: Jun-19-2015  |   Category: Case Studies

Dag Skjeltorp and Egil Willy Karlsen have become control room ergonomics experts. “We know a lot about HMIs now,” Skjeltorp said. “It is very, very easy to buy the wrong stuff.” Karlsen stressed the importance of defining HMI needs first when designing operator consoles. They started, Karlsen said, in 2001 …

Human Factors and Process Safety

Date Posted: Jun-10-2015  |   Category: Main News

API 754 Using Human Factors to Improve Process Safety Following the recommendations of the Baker report into the BP Texas City incident two (2) new American Petroleum Institute (API) recommended practices were published. One of these dealt with the subject of fatigue risk management and the other, the subject of …

Achieving Excellence In Operations

Date Posted: May-20-2015  |   Category: Main News

Requires Operator Support… Many organizations have appointed a leader to initiate an excellence philosophy for operations and the first thing they discover, improving operations is a major challenge for most managers. Indeed, multiple pressures – competition, more stringent regulation as well as investor and stakeholder expectations – are driving leaders …

New IEC 62682 Webinar

Date Posted: May-12-2015  |   Category: Main News

EC 62682 View Webinar Here             US national standard has been a recommended practice for a long time now, but the new IEC 62682 specifically calls out management letting them know this is an international standard not a recommend practice. We can help, our customers are …

Alarms Revisited: The New IEC 62682 Standard

Date Posted: Apr-27-2015  |   Category: Featured, Main News

Many are still struggling to achieve the EEMUA 191 alarm rates (1 alarm per 10 minutes per operator) because they have not embraced the new international IEC 62682 standard. This international standard is a reflection of the ISA 18.2 US national standard, for alarm management. What does this mean to …

Operator Staffing based on Workload

Date Posted: Apr-23-2015  |   Category: Main News

In today’s competitive environment, all plants are interested in reducing costs to maximize profitability. One fixed-expense area most frequently targeted is hourly staffing level. If one duty station can be eliminated in a plant that operates 24 hours a day, head count can be reduced by at least four full-time …

Cost Estimate for a New State of the Art Control Room

Date Posted: Apr-22-2015  |   Category: Main News

Many managers and company executives are focusing on achieving company goals and objectives. The automation system and the control room operators significantly impact the business. Bottom line: control room operators are the first line of defense during abnormal situations, if they detect problems in time, they can reduce costs. How …

March 2015 news

Date Posted: Mar-14-2015  |   Category: Main News
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The months are ticking by already, and we are working on a variety of projects. I am busy working on Large Screens Display projects both here in the USA and in Trinidad. Dave continues to love working in Canada and everyone else is working on a variety of projects from …

Success Story – Operator Effectiveness Means Money

Date Posted: Mar-12-2015  |   Category: Featured
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Arnold Oliver of Worsley Alumina challenged his process control group to improve process efficiency. The goal was to get operators to set setpoints closer to the maximum process capacity. To achieve this, operators needed an environment that was optimized. Operator effectiveness was the major focus for changes that proved to …

New Book from UCDS

Date Posted: Mar-03-2015  |   Category: Main News
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Operator Effectiveness and The Human Side of Error Operators are the first line of defense when abnormal situations occur. We rely on operators to be vigilant and predictive when process problems occur. Humans make mistakes but when operators make mistakes it could have a major impact on the business. We …

February 2015 News from Ian

Date Posted: Feb-17-2015  |   Category: Main News

2015 has started strong with a lot of new opportunities. As usual, this time of year David volunteers to head north and enjoy some snow on the ground, while I stay in Phoenix and enjoy the 80 degree weather; well-done Dave. He also spent a week in Houston doing some …

Why We Improve Operator Effectiveness

Date Posted: Feb-16-2015  |   Category: Main News

Alarm Management is one of the control room systems that affect operator performance, but there is a bigger picture. When we look at downtime, we need to think about why we have operators in the control room and ask: are they effective at mitigating and managing abnormal situations? Are they …

Happy new year, High performance HMI and Human Factors

Date Posted: Jan-13-2015  |   Category: Main News

Happy New Year to all our friend’s and clients! Who knows what this year will bring as we start the year with falling oil prices and low fuel costs which helps many businesses but often leads to loss of work for an organization like ours.  We have been through a …

Reduce Unplanned Downtime Caused by Process Upsets

Date Posted: Jan-12-2015  |   Category: Main News

Alarm Management is one of the control room systems that effect operator performance but there is a bigger picture. When we look at down time, we need to think about why we have operators in the control room and ask, are they effective at mitigating and managing abnormal situations? Below …

Webinar – Alarm Management Per the New IEC62682 Standard (New Rationalization Method)

Date Posted: Jan-05-2015  |   Category: Main News

Webinar – Alarm Management Per the New IEC62682 Standard (New Rationalization Method) The recent IEC 62682 Standard lays out a business procedure for the lifetime management of process alarms: You should attend this webinar if: Your plant is planning or considering an alarm rationalization project to ensure it complies with …

December News 2014

Date Posted: Dec-21-2014  |   Category: Main News

Where did the year go?  I am sorry I didn’t manage to keep blogging all year.  I guess you understand when everything gets busy some things get dropped, not because they are not important, but other things like customers and projects take the priority. Dave and I just returned from …

Fatal Chemical Release Killed Thousands in Bhopal, India.

Date Posted: Dec-02-2014  |   Category: Main News

Fatal Chemical Release Killed Thousands in Bhopal, India. Video Below: CSB Safety Message Warns it Could Happen Again, more Must be Done to Improve Process Safety Regulations in the U.S. to Prevent the Next Accident from Occurring. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a short video safety message marking …

Operational Excellence (where do we start)

Date Posted: Nov-05-2014  |   Category: Main News

Operational Excellence (where do we start) Many organizations have appointed a leader to initiate an operation excellence philosophy and the first thing they discover, improving operational excellence is one of the most crucial challenges facing CEOs across the globe. Indeed, multiple pressures – competition, more stringent regulation as well as …