September 2000

Process Control/Information Systems

Challenges in control room design

Use these guidelines to reduce shiftwork fatigue and increase operator awareness+

Walker, B. A., Brad Adams Walker Architecture, P.C.; Smith, K. D., Brad Adams Walker Architecture

There are significant issues behind several of the most critical challenges facing control room design including lighting, communication and functionality, control room location, situational awareness and shiftwork fatigue. Control room designers have developed solutions in response to each challenge. The control room of the future will utilize the technologies of the new century. Control room evolution. In the early 1900s, operators monitored a manufacturing process by adjusting controls in the field. They had a tangible connection to the plant as they moved valves and relied on local indicators for information, and they interacted very closely with the processes they were monitoring. In a

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