September 2001

Facility Design

Optimum console design promotes control room efficiency

New features can enhance traditional functionality, reduce operating costs and foster worker safety

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

The trend in the hydrocarbon processing industry is toward centralized control centers, often located remotely from the plant. This provides greater protection for the operators in the event of a serious incident and can limit operating costs. A centralized control room is more efficient and requires fewer operators to oversee and control plant processes. Increased automation and centralized control requires more consoles and computer screens. This increase has created new challenges for the control room designer as well as the manager in charge of control room layout. For example, there is a limit to the number of screens a person can safely monitor. More screens also create traffic and c

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