Human Factors/Ergonomics:

Control Room Design

The effective design and layout of Control Rooms, their equipment and human-machine interfaces is vital in ensuring efficient and safe management of process and operations especially in security and high risk industries. Good control rooms are capable of supporting all activities performed by personnel, under normal, abnormal and emergency conditions. Importantly, they take account of human capabilities and limitations, and are designed to reduce opportunities for human error.

The tools your architect must have and use for designing these specialized control spaces must include all the senses to shape the design, and not just the materials a builder would use to construct the space. It is also very important to manage the expectations surrounding the physics of light and sound, heat flow, and contrast ratios in control rooms: what can be done, should be done, and must be done have to be combined with 'how' something will be done. Understanding how architecture can both negatively or positively affect a User in an information-intensive space like a control centers is essential in creating a space that engenders primarily positive outcomes.

INTERTECH 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 planning and ergonomic studies include: site requirement studies; blast radius studies if/as required; personnel, task and operational analysis; traffic flow and adjacency studies; unit-to-console arrangement flow diagrams and planning; console layout and accessory planning; emergency equipment planning; glare & reflection studies; and detailed lighting design and fixture specification.