Design Process

The control room design process is compliant with the ISO 11064 Ergonomic Design Standard for Control Buildings. The process includes interviewing 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. The control room design process helps facilitate this move and provides a detailed design for the Modular Building manufacturer. This allows you to identify if you can rationalize many field shelters into a smaller number of more centralized field shelters. 

Service Description

The first step in the process is identifying the required number and location of field shelters required. 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 of field shelters has been established, we spend time capturing requirements from managers, supervisors and operators along with other secondary users of the building such as maintenance, planners and laboratory staff. We will ensure rooms are designed for functional requirements and good collaboration and communication, while 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

  • 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

Recommendations in collaboration with your Architect and their design contractors on:

  • Flooring
  • Finishes
  • Lighting
  • HVAC system
  • Noise
  • Use of interior glazing
  • Traffic flow
  • And many more…

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