User-centred control rooms for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider experimental physics test

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets.  CCD was commissioned to design the main control room that operates this amazing facility.

Client: CERN
Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

Large Hadron Collider Control Room

Our Work

We worked to the control room standard (ISO 11064) in designing the programme. We carried out tasks including:

  • Analysis of comparable control room operations
  • Development of workstation layouts and SAMMIE human
  • modelling software
  • Preparation of an operational specification
  • Review and assessment of room layouts


We completed the following tasks in the creation of the project:

  • Interior specifications including finishes
  • CAD modelling of the completed room
  • Development of room layouts
  • LINK analysis

Added Value

  • The client benefited from a centre which worked ‘first time’ without any of the remedial work that often arises from an unstructured approach.
  • The new centre went operational in 2008. Our client has expressed a high level of satisfaction with our work and the outcome to this flagship programme.