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Last edited 13 Jun 2017
Commissioning activities may include:
- Ensuring client access and providing client training and demonstrations.
- Completing operating and maintenance manuals, record drawings, software and test certification.
- Obtaining statutory approvals and insurance approvals.
- Manufacturers work testing.
- Component testing.
- Pre-commissioning tests.
- Set to work: this is the process of switching on (i.e. setting to work) items such as fans and motors to ensure that they are operating as specified (for example checking that fans are turning the right way).
- Balancing: this follows setting to work and involves looking at whole systems (rather than individual components) to ensure that they are properly balanced (ie water is coming out of all the taps at the correct pressure, air is coming out of the correct diffusers etc).
- Commissioning checks and performance testing.
- Post commissioning checks and fine tuning during occupancy.
For more information see: Commissioning.
A commissioning plan is a document used to outline the scope and define the responsibilities of the commissioning process as well as the activites, schedules and documentation required. It is part of the commissioning management process, intended to ensure the client receives an efficient, fully functioning building by the planned occupancy date. An effective commissioning plan can help ensure handover to the client is smoother and less troubleshooting and fine tuning is required.
The best commissioning process is one that is planned from the project’s very inception. Designing in the ability to commission systems properly from the outset can provide huge benefits, especially on cost and performance.
The commissioning plan should be started early, and populated with detail as it becomes available. This approach calls on project professionals to plan, reality-check as they go along, prepare fully for handover, and follow through after occupation to fine-tune and resolve issues as they emerge.
- Provide general information about the project.
- Identify the commissioning team members during each stage of the commissioning process.
- Define the roles and responsibilities for each commissioning team member.
- Identify the systems to be commissioned.
- Create a schedule of commissioning activities for each stage of the commissioning process.
- Establish documentation requirements associated with the commissioning process.
- Establish communication and reporting procedures for the commissioning process.
See also:Planning the commissioning of buildings.
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- Initial commissioning case studies.
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