Once the control centre layout is determined, the look and feel of the room, as well as environmental factors need to be considered. Detailed engineering is required for lighting, ventilation/HVAC, and acoustics.
Some things to consider are:
- Avoid direct light on (large screen) displays.
- Prevent ventilation/air input grid close to the operator sitting positions to avoid draught.
- Check for sufficient surfaces with a high acoustic absorption index; a first assessment is easy to do and does not require complex calculations.
- Integrate ceiling design, lighting design and engineering of the ventilation system; these topics are handled by different engineering disciplines, which need to combine their efforts.
Architectural design matters
The control room shown below (3D and realization) is relatively small and narrow, however it doesn’t look like that. This is due to an unusual detail: a curved wall with overview monitors. The windows allow entering of daylight, without reducing the perceptibility of the information on the monitors. The curved wall together with the corresponding floor pattern, compensates the long corridor appearance of this room in an effective way.