Sit & stand Advantis Air for the Early Warning System for transboundary risk management
The International Center for Environmental Monitoring Research Foundation (CIMA Foundation), is an Italian non-profit organization whose objectives are scientific research focused on mitigating the risk of natural disasters or the conservation of forest biodiversity. Thus, it became involved in the new project of the African Union Commission consisting of the implementation of 24/7 Situation and Coordination Rooms where the new Early Warning System can be managed as well as the alerts and cross-border risks on the African continent.
Being a project with funds from the European Union, the CIMA Foundation presented a public tender to which companies expert in control centers could apply, with GESAB finally being chosen by presenting the most appropriate solutions.
Salas de control en Kenia, Etiopía y Níger
Control rooms in Kenya, Ethiopia and Niger
The project had three control rooms located in different parts of the continent. On the one hand, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) room in Nairobi, Kenya; on the other, the Continental Situation Room in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and finally, the Continental Multi-Hazard Advisory Center in Niamey, Niger.
All the control rooms must had high-quality and ergonomic technical furniture that would make it easier for the operators to develop 24/7 work. For this reason, the Advantis Air with sit & stand system were chosen, a light model with more modern lines to give a greater sense of spaciousness in each room, since they were not large spaces, complemented by sillas ergonómica 24/7.
Several layouts to meet the strictest needs
After the adjudication of the project, the team of architects and engineers experts of GESAB developed several layout and renders where they also showed different interior design proposals.
The collaboration among all the teams was very close with the aim of achieving the best final result. Thus, those responsible of the CIMA Foundation travelled to the facilities of GESAB at Llinars del Vallés (Barcelona) where they were able to see one of its consoles and confirm that the choice of the furniture, both in size and features, was appropiate.
Agile management for a satisfactory final result
Although the design and manufacturing process in the project was carried out without complications, when it came time to decide which transport was more suitable for the control consoles, the GESAB Logistics Department thoroughly studied the options, being the air transport the best. The team of installers and assemblers of GESAB traveled to Kenya to fine-tune the space, while in Niger and Ethiopia, given the situation in both countries, the installation was carried out by local teams with very good results.
The final result is three control rooms adapted to the needs of the objectives set by the African Union Commission where the management of the various alarms and alerts can be carried out dynamically and taking care of the health of its operators at all the time. In addition, the satisfaction of CIMA Foundation with all the departments of GESAB that participated in the project was maximum.