Nearly 100 delegates and half-a-dozen exhibitors represented the leading practitioneers in control room design at the recent ICOCO conference held in Paris. And we were there in force with four presentations and an exhibition. If you want to see more on what we talked about, visit our website at http://www.ccd-design.co.uk/p/Conference-Presentations/
What did we learn from the event?
Firstly that there remains a strong commitment to a user-centered design approach - which is just how we like it! This underlines how ISO 10064 has become the de-facto standard in the area and its role in ensuring that ergonomics is a central factor in design.
Secondly, the use of large overview displays in control rooms continues to present challenges. The message that "content is king" was discussed by a number of the presenters and was even reinforced by the display manufacturers! These expensive displays continue to be provided in control rooms even when there is little in the way of an operational rationale - the marketing department often holding the power.
Finally, that technology in control rooms continues to move at a fairly slow pace. It was left to our own Adam Parkes and a very few others to talk about emerging technologies and the potential that they might unlock.
Overall, it was great to finally have a good technical conference to be able to discuss and debate some of the issues and questions we see in our daily work...and to learn from others how what we can do better in the future.
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