Tag: control room design



The reality in control rooms when it all goes wrong

For those of us working in the control room design industry it is often easy to forget the reality of what happens to the operators when it all goes wrong and disaster happens. For a reminder, read this account of what happened in the control room when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded – http://tinyurl.com/3ahwsxo


The external image control rooms can give…

The external image control rooms can give…

The news channels have all been covering the further deepening of the crisis at BP – the latest being the photoshopping of the images of the control room dealing with the leaking oil well to make it look like they were busier and that the photos were taken more recently it raises the question of to what degree should control rooms be designed to give...

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Multi-touch interfaces in airport traffic planning

We’ve been spending some time recently looking at the potential for the use of multi-touch interfaces in control room design.  It seems to be a strongly emerging technology in the consumer market but so far hasn’t made so much impact in the world of command and control. In digging around we came across this video from American Airlines where they were looking to introduce a...

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CERN LHC smashes beam collision record

CERN LHC smashes beam collision record

Having worked on the CERN LHC project to design the control room, we somehow feel part of the project (despite the fact that we understand absolutely nothing about the physics!). So it’s great to see the programme advancing and meeting its objectives – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10430234.stm


The Value of Mock-ups in the Design Process

The Value of Mock-ups in the Design Process

We have always believed in the value of the full-scale mock-up trial in the design process. In our toolkit of design methodologies it offers an un-rivaled way of getting end users & other stakeholders involved. It allows them to visual and spatially see the design in a way that many struggle to with drawings: for example, it is often difficult to visualise the size of...

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CERN LHC produces record breaking collisions

We’re delighted to see the success yesterday of the LHC to take a great leap forwards in its experimental programme. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8593780.stm What is even nicer for us is to see the video of this ground breaking event taking place in the control room we designed!



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