The goal in designing a control room is to create a work environment that promotes high levels of vigilance and situational awareness. A large display wall, when used in conjunction with local desktop monitors, provides an environment where multiple operators can collaborate effectively with common information to jointly make informed decisions. When you’re deciding whether or not to use a display wall in your control room, consider these four major factors:
Economics is often the major driving factor in choosing to use a display wall in a control room. It’s all about getting the most use out of your facility without compromising performance and objectives. A key consideration is the anticipated life of your control room and adapting your facility to optimize the work environment for your staff. This can lead to greater productivity, better concentration levels, and higher levels of motivation. In order to achieve this, it becomes important to use the right technology that helps enhance performance and is based on how people work. Display walls in control rooms help organizations streamline operations with effective decision making capability, thereby improving processes and reducing redundant equipment to reduce costs.
Organizations that once operated multiple sites with a small control room in each site are seeing how they can operate more efficiently with fewer but larger control rooms. Often, this trend is driven by economic considerations and the need to save money. In this case, designers need to ensure that they’re creating systems that provide operators with better contextual information. For example, when operators control a large complex facility in different regions, the use of detailed, intuitive mapping, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and SCADA systems provided by display wall systems can prove effective. Technology has automated many processes, changing the role of the operator from the hands-on, minute-by-minute control of processes to a supervisory function with intervention when and where necessary. This generates the need for a large screen common operating picture to support and maintain operational awareness at all times. Display walls also help with reducing individual workloads and increasing overall efficiency.
Creating A Balance
While you don’t want to overload your operators with unnecessary information, providing them with too little information will mean they won’t be able to quickly assess a situation when it arises and won’t be able to make the appropriate decisions. The danger of technology is creating a balance between access to too much and too little information. However, with display walls, you can easily tailor the information that your operators are exposed to. This increases efficiency as well as lowers training costs. The dynamic nature of our display walls will also give you an added potential for shared controls and collaborative working.
People-Centered Control Rooms
The overriding element that draws everything together is the need to put operators at the heart of control room design and to realize the dual benefits of increased efficiency and cost savings. By doing this, you’ll create an environment that promotes high levels of situational awareness, organization, collaborative decision making, real time situational awareness, improved operational efficiency and visibility with low cost of ownership over the life of the system.
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