Monthly Archives: September 2014

Can I commission the system…

For those who have read my book or indeed know me, you will realise how much importance I place in forging close working relationships with our construction colleagues, to me this makes life so much easier come handover time.

I key basis for this is the understanding that if the commissioning team find errors in the construction, faults are immediately rectified rather than waiting until punch list time, schedule is the beneficiary here.

However, do not underestimate the savings that can be gained if the commissioning team are involved with design, especially the P&ID and 3-D model reviews. If the commissioning team can have a presence at prior-to the IFC issue of P&IDs and the 50 or 60% model reviews, appraising and identifying shortfalls in the plant for “commissioninability” and getting changes incorporated in the office rather than the field, could, save many £’s or $’s.

Lets keep commissioning teams in our projects early; the benefits are seen not just in the schedule by the bottom line also.

Safe and successful commissioning always…

Checks on systemization

As the commissioning systems become identified it is goof practice to check the systems are correct.

Initially a check can be undertaken via the help of a colleague, prior to a formal check being undertaken perhaps by the commissioning manger. Obviously if the systemization is being undertaken by an engineering company, the client would need to approve all systems identified.

However let’s not close the checks here. If the commissioning organization is a separate body to the operations team, agreement should be sort from the operations team for the systems suggested and a final important check solicited from any licensors, as they will know their process in depth, a check must be sort from this important group to ensure an effective and efficient commissioning phase.

Commissioning systems are our basic building block and they must be as right as possible, invest the time to make it so.

Safe and successful commissioning always…


Many apologies for the radio silence…

The combination of a few days vacation and a heavy work load with long business hours meant I needed to neglect the blogosphere, I hope normal service can resume soon.

Take care out there and as always, Safe and successful commissioning!