Control Room Operations

The purpose of a control room is to serve as an operations center where a service or facility can be monitored and controlled. At any time it can be designated as an area of refuge in high-risk facilities during emergency situations. Modern process control equipment requires stringent protection from hazardous environments in order to maintain reliability and maximize useful equipment life. State of the art installations will typically require an operator control room and a process computer room. The operator control room will contain CRT-based consoles, printers, video, copiers, annunciator panels, recorders and possible backup panels.

All equipment required for operator interface with the process is contained in the operator control room. The process computer room will contain input/output devices, microprocessor-based control devices, multiplexers, computers, and mass storage devices. These will usually be separate, but connected to the operator control room.  Communication between the field operator and the control room operator is vital for successful operation in the process industry.  

This course will give participants an understanding of control room operations as found in the oil and gas industry today.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

Day 1
The Plant Control system

  1. System interfaces
  2. Communications and Control room environment
  3. Control room layout and ergonomics
  4. Emergency response role


On day 1, participants will have obtained an overall understanding of the general operation of a plant control system. System layout including control room design as well as segregation and treatment of emergency systems will also be discussed. Effective communications including face-to-face handovers and efficient operational procedures will be stressed. Administrative tasks of control room operators and supervisor responsibilities including checklists and handover/incident logging will also be discussed.


Day 2
Control Room Operations

  1. State of readiness - control emergency and critical situations
  2. Integrated Process Systems and Remote Control Operation 
  3. Controlling a production process and preparing equipment for normal operation and maintenance


On day 2, participants will have obtained an understanding of the control room operation.  Maintaining readiness for day-to-day, abnormal and emergency operation will be discussed while paying particular attention to control room operator hazards and stress management issues. The integration with process and remote control operational issues will be stressed. The control room activities with controlling production during normal operation and maintenance activities will be examined.


Day 3
Control Room Emergency Response

  1. Alarm management, interpretation and response
  2. Emergency shutdown, blow-down, fire and gas detection systems
  3. Generic emergency response role and responsibilities

On day 3, participants will have obtained an understanding of the control room emergency operation and its systems. Maintaining readiness for emergency operation will be discussed as well as ESD activities associated with the role of the control room operator. Emergency situation roles and responsibilities will be reviewed and enforced with discussion around several case studies including the roles and responsibilities of first responders.

This course is mainly targeted to process technicians, process technologists, and maintenance personnel.

The course is also applicable to employees working with equipment and materials purchasing, equipment procurement, job planning as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

Discipline:    Process operations

Delivery type:   Classroom

Provider:    TPL

Possible Instructors: Fully qualified and certified TPL instructor with a minimum of 15 years instructor experience to international delegates in client or offsite locations.

Level:    Skill

Course Version:      0

Length:       3 days

Skills Needed to
Take Course (pre-requisites):
    Participants should have some recent exposure to oil and gas facility terminology.