The SCADA has three consoles, a unisex restroom, and a food area (26x24). The SCADA room appears to have its own refrigerator and food counter space with a restroom. Is the SCADA operation and manning so critical they cannot walk down the building for a restroom or break room?
Is the SCADA room and equipment not configured to sound audible and visual critical alarms which would allow the staff to leave the room temporarily for using the break area or restrooms, thus eliminating the need for a restroom or break area within the SCADA?
The SCADA room is essential to our business and is manned 24-7. The SCADA system monitors and controls the complex systems of pipes, valves, pumps, water storage facilities, intake points, flow meters, temperatures, environment, fluid chemistry, and many more system-wide operational factors and controls. This control room is also the hub for real-time communications with GVSUD field personnel working on the system and interaction and collaboration with our partners that supply us with critical water, power, fuel, and other services.
The weather events of February 2021 indicate that the SCADA system will likely undergo significant expansion, which will be in addition to the expansion already anticipated to respond to rapid growth, and the addition of wastewater treatment facilities. The SCADA system does not take a break, and so it must be actively managed at all times.
Currently, the plan shows three consoles in the SCADA room, but future expansion is a certainty. In addition to the current three stations, it is anticipated that other critical functions such as our GIS analyst may reside in this room.
Our company and its employee base are growing at an incredible pace. Proactive planning, especially when it comes to systems vital to our business, allows us to serve our customers now properly and into the future.
Supplying our employees with adequate bathroom facilities is necessary. The layout of the new facility provides our employees, as well as customers, with those facilities. The refrigerator and sink within the SCADA room are not "break facilities," nor will they be used as such.
The refrigerator is used to house testing samples, and the sink is there for operators to wash their hands after testing and handling specimens. Storing these samples in the defined breakroom is not an option, nor would it be an acceptable practice. The SCADA restroom is there for the use of the employee or employees staffing the control room, so they are never far from the consoles.
Throughout the facility concept, planning and design, there has been consistent utilization of staff, management, board, customer, and architect input. Including but not limited to those derived from their experiences, observations, conversations, business logic, measurements, conclusions, and common sense. This may also include the same from other facilities that have both similar and, in some cases, different requirements.
In particular, the architect has designed several facilities in the area with many similar requirements and possesses a wealth of knowledge directly pertinent to this facility. All of this must be placed into the context of providing the infrastructure and capabilities for this facility to address the organization's needs and expansion for the next 40 years.