August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8


Understanding Collaborative Approach to Pipeline Control Room Design

Control rooms are critical nerve centers of pipeline and midstream operations. The design and layout of a control room should take into account not only the operating controllers’ interaction with the SCADA system but also other transactional needs like work permitting, operations supervisory monitoring, maintenance needs, engineering needs and meeting space. Understanding these functional needs is a vital first step for an effective and robust control room design. Unfortunately, many design-build firms fail to adequately assess the owner’s organizational needs, both current and future, prior to designing and building a control room. Beyond the functional layout, many other design elements

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