Depending on the industry, regulations associated with commissioning vary, but one element that is always included is load testing. In order to validate design specifications and verify the functionality of a facility, a load test simulates electric loads that mimic real-world situations to measure how the system will perform. Taking a proactive approach to load testing will ensure the operational success of the facility while also helping to keep the project on time and budget.
The commissioning process is complex and requires a significant amount of pre-planning to be successful. From the very beginning, a strong load testing plan as well as a contingency plan will help to account for any special circumstances that could interfere with the project. The two main problems that arise from not scheduling the necessary load testing services in advance are delays in timeline and increased financial setbacks.
Keeping your project on track
Constructing a facility involves a substantial number of teams, many of which will need to be involved in the load testing process. By scheduling a load test in advance, it will allow all key participants to incorporate the load test into their own schedules, ensuring all deadlines are met, and reducing the need to extend the project timeline.The purpose of a load test is to pressure test the facility to uncover any potential issues that could interfere with proper performance. Identifying problems before the system goes live is critical to the profit-generating capacity of the facility, but without proper planning they could cause major delays. Building a load testing plan with allotted time to address any issues will minimize these delays.
Keeping your project within budget
The design, equipment placement, and layout of a facility plays a critical role in the load testing process and can lead to significant financial ramifications if not planned for appropriately. Since load testing can only be conducted once all equipment is placed and systems are configured, it may be difficult for the load bank to be maneuvered into smaller spaces and reach the testing location. Proactive planning provides the opportunity to account for potential logistical roadblocks and avoid expensive retrofits.
Steps to planning load testing services in advance:
- Create a commissioning load testing team that includes the owner, the owner’s representatives, all contractors, the design firm, commissioning agent, operating, maintenance and construction personnel, and the load bank supplier.
- Identify the project requirements, the systems that need to be commissioned and the correct equipment to complete the load test.
- Contact a load bank provider to assist in equipment selection and planning.
- Build a plan that outlines the load testing criteria, responsibilities for each team member, timelines and budget.
- Develop a commissioning checklist that accounts for all steps that need to be completed.
- Hold individuals accountable throughout the entire commissioning process.
When the goal is to keep commissioning on-time and on-budget, early load testing preparation is key. Comrent’s team of experts are specially trained to help you build your commissioning plan and be an active member of your commissioning team. As a global leader in load solutions, we offer commissioning and maintenance load testing services when you need them. Make sure your project stays on-time and on-budget by scheduling a complimentary consultation today.