New Edition of EEMUA Guidance for the Designing of Control Rooms

July 31st, 2019

New edition of EEMUA guidance for the designing of control rooms

EEMUA has published the third edition of EEMUA 201 – Control Rooms: A guide to their specification, design, commissioning, and operation.

Wilde has had a close association with EEMUA over the years. Whilst providing the popular Alarm Systems Management (EEMUA 191) training course and the 191 on-line training course, it was identified that the Control Room Design guide (EEMUA 201) was quite outdated and a change of focus was required.

Wilde Analysis Associate, Andy Brazier was involved in producing this new new edition

This re-write was prompted in the main by changes in technology and good practice across industry, including emerging issues such as devices used outside of the control room, security and a stronger focus on human factors. The aim of this update was to provide improved guidance to people involved in the design and evaluation of Control Rooms, both during new-build and modification projects; and to evaluate existing Control Rooms.

This Guide now provides practical guidance for people who operate industrial processes and activities on facilities such as chemical plant, power stations, oil refineries, etc.  It helps engineers and design teams to develop solutions that are consistent with the requirements of users, which will result in safer and more cost-effective operation of industrial systems. The Guide is also intended to help reduce the need for re-engineering of systems after installation.

This new edition was produced in response to changes in technology and practice across industry. As well as updating the existing content the publication has been developed so that it provides a more complete guide for the designing of control rooms to include the control building, physical aspects of the control room, working environment, console design and control system graphics. It also covers emerging issues including devices used outside of the control room and security, and provides a stronger focus on human factors.

EEMUA 201 identifies the main issues that influence the effectiveness of a control room in its role of supporting the operation of a wider system. It is for use by engineers and managers in both user and contracting organisations. The objective is not only to make plants more operable, efficient and able to avoid abnormal situations, but to be able to better manage such situations should they occur.

EEMUA 201 is not a standard and is not intended to replace any. Designers will be expected to identify and adhere to any standards and regulations and any company and project specifications. The intention is that EEMUA 201 will provide guidance on how this can be achieved in the most effective way.

EEMUA 201 (Edition 3) is available to purchase through the EEMUA online Shop.

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