Control room design resources

A number of control room design resources and for-fee services are available to provide advice and assistance at every level.


Single large screens employing HMI best practices can improve collaboration and reduce errors. At Statoil Hydro's Tjeldbergodden plant, 30 operators comfortably control the processes of one of the world's largest methanol plants. Source: ABB

Whether you are consolidating a group of distributed control rooms or redesigning a current room for peak efficiency and fatigue reduction, the same rules and guidelines apply for
The article "

State-of-the-art Control Rooms

" in the February 2009 issue of Control Engineering North America shows how technology and design are combining to help users—not just machines—operate at peak efficiency . consolidates advice and services from a group of companies dedicated to control room design and installation, including Command & Control Environments (CCE), DesignMatters and User Centered Design Services (UCDS). This service brief from UCDS described what's involved in a HMI site assessment, best-practices workshop and custom style guide.

Smart designs can enhance safety

UCDS is an associate member of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium . Ian Nimmo of UCDS wasnt and instrumentation experience as well.

Nimmo and Moscatelli bring their experience to sites in the form of a service called Management System Gap Analysis, which looks at how existing site policies are intended to work, how they actually work, and how they compare to industry best practices. For more on what the process involves and what results can be achieved, view the UCDS Service Brief.

Nimmo has also written a book on HMI and control room design , which includes information on best practices.

Control room application links

Motiva Enterprises Norco refinery / Emerson

Statoil Hydro / ABB

Wintershall / Honeywell

Hoover Dam / Red Lion Controls

Makers of DCS/SCADA systems also can be helpful: Invensy, for example, provides a detailed two-part whitepaper discussing both operating factors and design trends for control rooms:

Control Room Consolidation - Part 1, Operating Factors

Control Room Consolidation - Part 2, Design Trends

More information on the examples of successful installations mentioned in the Control Engineering article can be found through in applications links for Motiva Enterprises Norco refinery / Emerson; Statoil Hydro / ABB; Wintershall / Honeywell; and Hoover Dam / Red Lion Controls in the table, right.

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
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