This week, our group had to present our design of main control room for BRT and MRT. Our group choose to design the room based on Top-down Approach which is the approach that provides guideline for designing control room. What we like about this approach is the principal to keep only the necessary part of the operation rather than decorating a beautiful high-tech room. Top-down believes that “the overall system will fail if operators are overloaded, undertaking tasks for which they are poorly trained, or straining to read displays that are illegible”. Therefore, our group focused on designing the new layout of the main monitor more than the decoration of control room. We choose to show only the important information on the current screen, and use different colours and sounds to help organizing the information. We also made sure that the operator can get more information in case when they need to use them.
For the decoration of the control room, our group tried to keep the design as simple as possible. Because the most important thing for staffs who work in this room is the communication, we design a very flexible and easy to adjust room. In this way staffs in the room can move around, and change their locations easily. In the emergency time, they can also gather or have a meeting as quick as they want.