April 2018, Vol.245, No.4

Features

Managing the Adjacency Gap in Pipeline Control Rooms

By Ian Nimmo, President and CEO, User Centered Design Services Inc. Initially, control rooms were treated as a place for high-tech equipment and were not very people friendly. With little or no thought to kitchens, bathrooms or permit rooms, they were kept extremely cold as a means of cooling bulky computer equipment. When it came to design, people were an afterthought. As control rooms evolved, equipment became more remote, and the introduction of fiber-optics and KVM switches (a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers) has allowed for more localized equipment. With the advent of human machine interfaces (HMI), the evolution of control rooms has led to the develo

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