While “design process” means something different in a lot of industries, generally engineers have a distinct idea of what it entails. For them, it’s when mathematical and scientific skills come together to fulfill a common goal. When a building doesn’t follow principles, as is sometimes the case with areas like control rooms, command centers, nocs (network operations centers), and data centers, mistakes are made that can often cost companies a lot of money, just because of the wrong design process.
Control room furniture consists of highly specialized, durable components that are built to withstand the rigorous demands of the 24/7 environment. Alternatively, traditional office furniture and desks are built for a short life cycle with sub standard quality at a low cost of entry. Could you incorporate traditional office desks and furniture in place of the highly specialized furniture typically seen in a control room? In truth, a control room engineer could try. However, the end user would quickly realize the shortcomings of a traditional desk.
This is the fourth installation in our multi-part series that takes a closer look at control room design across the industry spectrum. In the first three installments, we focused on the Surveillance & Security, Airport/Air Traffic, and Emergency Operations/Disaster Management industries respectively.