The design of control rooms can have a large impact on human performance and wellbeing. A control room designed with good ergonomics will increase productivity and ensure the safety of each operator as they interact with machines, furniture and the environment is taken into account. As engineers and ergonomists, Dohrmann Consulting experts can help you setup up an ergonomically sound control room, whether it’s at design stage or well-established.

We can help you with:

  • Console design
  • Equipment and display positioning
  • Cable management
  • Consultation with end users
  • Sightlines
  • Access for maintenance
  • Lighting and glare control
  • Security – shift times (esp late or overnight), emergency
  • Seating
  • Sunlight management
  • Storage needs & accessibility
  • Environment ie temperature, air quality, noise management
  • Space and circulation
  • Compliance with relevant codes


We have advised on and assessed many types of control rooms in Australia and Asia over the past twenty-five years, covering a range of industries and applications. Using data and methods from ergonomics (which means “Fitting things to people”), we help ensure the best outcomes in console design, equipment layout, seating, storage, cable management, lighting, vision, displays and interactions.

Ergonomics, also known as Human Factors, draws on scientific data on humans’ true capabilities and limitations. In control room work, it addresses issues of who operates and supervises processes, their relevant attributes (size, shape), when and how they use displays, controls and equipment in times of normal, emergency, start-up and maintenance modes. Ergonomics gives important insights into how people actually see, move, understand and sense their surroundings and how they manage and respond to information, alarms or the abnormal. It assists with fatigue control, vigilance, shift design, surveillance, and health. It provides a structured method to analyse tasks and operator relationships, and is a powerful tool in developing control rooms since it considers the breadth of human behaviour, size, strength, abilities and limits.

We have experience in a broad range of control room environments including oil and gas, mining, emergency services, air traffic control, security, education, casinos, and prisons.



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