Ever heard the term "wasted space"? Typically you'd hear this term in reference to the usable vs unusable space around a dispatch console. Often this is term is intermingled with a console footprint. Which is how much space a console or workstation does or does not take up in a room. Why is this important?
Some console manufacturers claim to have eliminated wasted space with a linear design, when they have just moved it in different locations on the console. No matter what you will still have some wasted space in the design of the console and then in the design of the room.