CCD leads Environment and Ergonomics group for ICCRA

David Watts, Managing Director at CCD, is leading the Working Environment & Ergonomics Special Interest Group in the International Critical Control Rooms Alliance (ICCRA).

What comes to mind when you think ‘control room’?

Probably a lot of technology in a dark room, maybe with a few operators. With 40 years of expertise in control room design, we know that there’s much more to control rooms to optimise the operations. When it comes to control room design and practices, sharing expertise is important for what are often unique, specialist spaces.  As such, we are proud to become involved with ICCRA and its mission so share good practice across sectors and countries.

An independent body made up of industry professionals, the ICCRA is a central source for bench-marking industry expertise and advice, as well as a research hub. ICCRA is the only organisation in the world which brings together the managers, directors, and operators of critical control rooms of all varieties globally, as well as delving into the range of subjects which are core to effective operation of control rooms delivering mission critical services.  There are four Special Interest Groups: Environment and Ergonomics, People and Performance, Technology and Operations.

David will be charing the Environment and Ergonomics SIG which has a focus on the built environment and how its design influences operator performance. The SIGs will drive discussion groups, workshops, webinars, drafting white papers and conference sessions.


The 2017 Congress will be held in Geneva, 5-7 December and will be the official launch of the ICCRA. The Congress will bring together expertise in a wide range of industries to present, discuss research and an information-sharing platform. This year’s Congress will also host a control room visit to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

Want to share your expertise? The Congress is calling for paper submissions, closing 17 July.


Open to critical control room individuals, organisations and suppliers across all sectors. By joining the ICCRA, you will be a member of a platform for innovation in the industry. The first webinars begin in July – don’t miss out!

Events Schedule

July: The Future of Critical Control Rooms
August: Motivating the Workforce
September: Launch of the Annual Global Critical Control Rooms Survey


Stephanie Clarke

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