Designing control rooms to promote wellbeing & productivity

David Watts will be presenting at the annual IBC Control Room conference asking why control rooms haven’t traditionally learnt the lessons from workspace design on producing more human spaces.  To minimise the risk of distraction etc control rooms are often austere spaces with minimal decoration or green spaces; or sometimes, in contrast, they are over-elaborate spaces designed to create eye catching visuals for the operator’s brand.

The presentation will ask, as control rooms change to being more collaborative and strategic workspaces, shouldn’t we be looking to some of the trends in workspace design for creating agile environments and using concepts such as biophillic design to create spaces that engage with the users at a more human level.

If you want to attend the conference to hear this talk along with the others, in collaboration with IBC, we can offer you a discount on the conference fee.

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Control Rooms Conference
The only pan-European multi-industry event for control rooms operations and design professionals
9-10 December 2015, Dexter House, London

– Insight into removing technology clutter in control rooms

– Learn about dealing with the demand from technology and modification of control rooms on the operators

– CCTV in the process control room – case study example from real life projects

– Overview of the new international standard for alarm management IEC62682

– Control rooms of the future in an industry 4.0 perspective with cloud-based, big data, control centre networks

– Achieving operator effectiveness and situational awareness in control rooms to ensure safe operations and maximise productivity


David is Managing Director at CCD.

David is our Managing Director with over 19 years practice as a Human Factors specialist in design projects. He has delivered projects across sectors including rail, oil & gas, airports, utilities and the emergency services. He has worked with clients such as Network Rail, Siemens, easyJet, WSP, Metropolitan Police, National Express, TfL and HS2.



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