Designing Control Room

Our expertise includes the following Control Room Design/Ergonomics:

    • ISO 11064 – Ergonomic Design of Control Centers (standard)
    • ISO 9241 – multipart ergonomic design standard for consoles, HMIs etc. (standard)
    • API 1168 – Pipeline Control Room Management (recommended practice)

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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, and 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 the rationalize for consolidating field shelters into a smaller number of more centralized field shelters. One site went from 16 field old field shelters to three new field shelters, utilizing more strategically located, modular buildings.

Our Process

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

The first step in the process is to identify the required number and location of field shelters. 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

Design considerations also include architectural collaboration for:

      • 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. An architect will be necessary 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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