Commissioning (Cx) one piece of equipment, or even one system in a data center, can be a fairly straightforward process. But, when the challenge at hand is Cx of a 373,000-sq-ft mission critical super structure, where as many as 50 pieces of equipment must be tested daily for three months, requiring more than 16,000 total Commissioning Authority (CxA) hours worked, the domino effect comes into play. In many cases, each task is proceeded by another and accuracy, timeliness of reporting, and communication protocols are critical to success.
Large, high-profile projects will have multiple, parallel processes occurring simultaneously, and pressures driven by the cost of delayed turnover tend to shorten timelines even though there’s more to do. Staying on top of it all is challenging at best, and strategic tracking is extremely important. On large, high-profile projects, the Cx team has a unique opportunity to learn from early experiences and mistakes, ultimately turning them into process improvements further down the road.