Control Room Design Training

Control rooms are highly specialised work spaces where experts monitor safety-critical equipment and take decisions that may have a great impact on precious equipment, vital resources and (in)directly on human lives. The design and equipment of a control room as a work environment comprises many aspects, pertaining to both physical and cognitive ergonomics: room layout, light and environmental conditions, set-up of a single work position, set up of multiple screens, interface design of the applications. All these aspects may support or hamper the required collaborative decision making processes.

Some of the questions that often arise are:

  • How useful is a large, shared display?
  • How to distribute operational roles over the control room?
  • How can several control rooms be merged?
  • How to enhance a comfortable, efficient and safe mode of operation within a control room?
  • How does the room function in case of a crisis?
  • How many screens are needed and how to position them?
  • How to maintain an operator’s level of vigilance and expertise in a highly automated environment?

In this highly interactive training course, you will learn about key principles of control room design through real-life project illustrations, get introduced to guidelines and experience a hands-on approach through exercises and examples.

Participating in this training will help you to:

  • Analyse the needs and requirements of the users
  • Tackle a control room design project following a grounded, human centred methodology
  • Make principled decisions regarding particular aspects of control room design
  • Create a business case for a human-centred approach.

Target audience

Whoever is involved in control room (re)design projects: project managers, interaction designers, business owners, programme architects.

To ensure diversity, we accept at most two participants from the same organisation. To ensure a highly interactive session we accept at most eight participants.