Existing oil rig driller control consoles have become dated and are ineffective at providing a human-friendly experience for operators. Current control systems are overcrowded with third-party and external vendor’s equipment, controls, alarms, indicators, and many other modifications that interrupt and/or get it the way of the driller to perform an optimal job. The lack of standardization has contributed to the overpopulation of the system completely disregarding equipment hierarchy and human factors. The different types of interfaces create confusion and make it very difficult to train new personnel. Anthropometrics are completely non-existent and operators must accommodate themselves to maintain required safety and operational capacity. The clutter created by all this additional equipment impede the driller’s field of vision and has become a communication obstacle and a safety hazard for all operations personnel inside and outside of the driller’s cabin.
The design process was divided into three stages: planning, development, and production.
In the planning stage, the design team identified the problems/needs/pain points that helped establish and identify the characteristics of our user-persona that would subsequently serve as our guide to map the design landscape. During this planning stage, the team was able to identify project limitations and constraints and also define the initial structure of the project.
Research, conceptualization, and refinement occurred during the development stage. The team processed all the research data and identified the most important design tasks for the team. Research data was obtained by means of interviews, on-site observations, surveys, focus groups, video task recording, and photography. Emphasis was placed in conducting a proper task analysis to have a solid foundation to validate the user’s needs and the project direction.
Digital Interface Design
A brand new digital GUI was incorporated into the new console layout