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.