Ian Nimmo, Stephen Maddox, Chris Heil
Since the introduction of distributed control systems into control rooms, the mining, refining, chemical, and power industries have lived with, and suffered from, many behavioral problems common with this design. When Human Factors/Ergonomic design is introduced into a centralized control room, the users and the company realize many improvements including economic payback. Some of the common improvements include: 1. Communications issues get resolved, 2. Better coordination of materials, 3. Improved situation awareness during startups and abnormal operations, 4. Opportunities to make improvements during normal operations. This will guide you through the control room design process and provide information on the ISO 11064 control room design standard.