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Borregaard Biorefinery Moves to a Centralized Control Room With the Help of UCDS

Borregaard biorefinery pulp and 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 the early 1950s, was…

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Podcast 9- Staffing Studies Part 2

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

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Podcast 8- Staffing Studies Part 1

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

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Navajo Refining New Mexico Builds a New Training Center

The following was written by Bill Stephens of SourceGas. 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 development of a new Training Center, Navajo Refining needed design ideas. We contacted UCDS and they designed…

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SourceGas Pipeline Complies with PHMSA 192.631

The following was written by Bill Stephens of SourceGas. 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, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. SourceGas and its subsidiaries also provide gas transportation, in-home HVAC and appliance service…

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Invista Embraces Situation Awareness and Control Room Design

The following was written by Driscoll Staley of Invista, describing his situation awareness and 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. Control…

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Podcast 6- Workshops Part 1

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.

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Sasol Lake Charles improves HMI with UCDS

The following was written by David Smith, Process Control Engineer at Sasol. 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 and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid…

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Podcast 5- Operator Fatigue Part 1

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

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Podcast 4 – Gap Analysis Part 2

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

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Podcast 4 – Gap Analysis Part 1

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

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A Lasting Plan for Alarm Management

By Ian Nimmo and Stephen Maddox | Aug 18, 2015 Summary: A well-written alarm management 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 and overloaded alarm management…

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Podcast 3 – Human Machine Interface

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

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Learn more about our Staffing Studies

It is extremely important to ensure that when changes to the organization are made the safety of the facility is not compromised. As such we strongly recommend a Management of Organization Change study is undertaken. Based on recent incidents, and subsequent recommendations from investigations such as the Baker report, and legislation, such as that in…

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Podcast 2 – Alarm Management

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: https://mycontrolroom.com/download-pages/alarm-management-documents

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Podcast 1- Get to know UCDS

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 and the team at UCDS…

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Video – How to Save Time and Money

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 human factors in the work…

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With Ian Nimmo’s Help Borregaard Consolidates 8 Control Rooms

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 with a project to re-design…

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Human Factors and Process Safety

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 this paper, process safety performance…

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Achieving Excellence In Operations

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 to focus heavily on improving…

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New IEC 62682 Webinar

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 achieving the EEMUA 191 alarm…

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Alarms Revisited: The New IEC 62682 Standard

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 you? How can you ensure…

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Operator Staffing based on Workload

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 employees. Taking into account salary,…

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Cost Estimate for a New State of the Art Control Room

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 well they perform is dependent…

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March 2015 news

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 alarm management to High Performance…

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Success Story – Operator Effectiveness Means Money

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 provide significant returns on their…

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