April 2002

Special Report: Plant Design and Retrofitting

Centralized control room operates five process units

The ‘stretch’ thinking of project team members produced an innovative building in just one and a half years

Elbert, G., BP; Shuman, G., Walker-Peek, S., Halliburton KBR

Five chemical units on a BP site in Texas City had traditionally been controlled from four individual control buildings. The company envisioned a design concept for a single, centralized control room that would function as the operations center for five of the facility's process units. Features in the plant's new control room include innovative designs and the latest technologies in ergonomics, audio / visual effects, plant monitoring systems, operators' consoles, lighting and acoustics. Here's an overview of the project's conceptual planning phase, unique challenges and subsequent completion.

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