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Designing a Windfarm Control Room During the Pandemic for Equinor

Mima has helped define the organisational and technical requirements for this new central control room and has worked as an integrated team together with the Equinor project team. Mima facilitated this human factor design process and worked jointly with us to find good solutions.

Thomas Helfer, Control Room Project Leader Equinor

Services: Operations Design

Equinor is a broad energy company, headquartered in Norway. It is one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers and has plans to increase its renewables capacity tenfold by 2026.

Our Task

Mima was tasked with designing the room & workstation layout in the Front End Engineering Design or ‘FEED’ stage of an integrated control room for multiple offshore wind farms. The design had to be scalable to accommodate Equinor’s pipeline of future projects.

A close up of the control room. One singular grey desk, with a brown chair, has a phone and six screens on it. The screens are in a round. The large screen on the back wall takes up most of the image.

Our Solution

In order to fully understand the systems and the control room design requirements, we conducted workshops with a broad cross-section of the Equinor team – from engineers to operators – to integrate fully into the wider team. Co-creating with the whole Equinor team, our discussions informed key architecture decisions; with the sloping ceiling raised from 3m to 4m at the front end, to satisfy the ergonomics of the large screen display.

The output and quality of 3D visuals brought the designs of the control room to life and simplified the execution phase of the design.

A generated image of a control room. Two grey desks with brown desk chairs face an incredibly large flat screen on the wall. Windows to the right of the room show greenery and suggest the control room is on a high floor within the building.

Equinor is a broad energy company, headquartered in Norway. It is one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers and has plans to increase its renewables capacity tenfold by 2026.

Mima was tasked with designing the room & workstation layout in the Front End Engineering Design or ‘FEED’ stage of an integrated control room for multiple offshore wind farms. The design had to be scaleable to accommodate Equinor’s pipeline of future projects.

How did Mima meet the challenge?

In order to fully understand the systems and the control room design requirements, we conducted workshops with a broad cross-section of the Equinor team – from engineers to operators – to integrate fully into the wider team.

With the option of face-to-face meetings off the table due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we introduced online co-collaboration software into the process.

Co-creating with the whole Equinor team, our discussions informed key architecture decisions; with the sloping ceiling raised from 3m to 4m at the front end, to satisfy the ergonomics of the large screen display.

The output and quality of 3D visuals brought the designs of the control room to life and simplified the execution phase of the design.