April 2019, Vol. 246, No. 4

Guest Commentary

How Is a Control Room Like a Hive?

By Charles Adlay, Principal, Pipeline Performance Group I have been thinking about a quote from Marcus Aurelius for several months in relation to control rooms: “What injures the hive, injures the bee ...?” I do not know much about hives but read about colony collapse disease a few years ago. That sounds like it could cause considerable harm. I wonder if bees agitate other bees, with their constant buzzing. Do bees ever sting one another in the close quarters? I understand there is a queen bee, and she must have enough influence to keep the workers working and producing honey. It should be a sweet endeavor. I know more about control rooms. We were in a control room recently, and I must a

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