In practice, the commissioning process includes an integrated application of a set of engineering techniques and procedures to check, inspect and test every operational component of a project. This can include all of the individual functions, such as instruments and equipment, and can also include complex amalgamations such as modules, subsystems and systems.
Commissioning activities, in the broader sense, are applicable to all phases of the project, from the basic and detailed design, procurement, construction and assembly, until the final handover of the unit to the owner.
Commissioning agent, Derek DeJesus of KJWW Engineering Consultants of Chicago reveals the five lessons learned from his experience in commissioning projects of all levels, from start to finish.
He revealed, "More than 15 years ago, I was sent on my first assignment to witness the load bank testing of a generator. Like so many young commissioning agents, I was diligent in reviewing the project specifications and code before writing my functional test procedure. I knew I would have to defend my position for the requirements and document the EPSS performance. I felt confident, knowing that the test procedure I was using had been written months earlier, issued for the team to review, and scheduled with the contractors
."However, he ended up entering an environment he was not prepared for, and through some lessons learned, prepared himself for a long-time career as a seasoned commissioning agent. In Consulting – Specifying Engineer, he reveals five useful tips that can help anyone new to commissioning learn the intricacies of the business.