At Waldron, commissioning is a thoroughly mapped, step-by-step approach designed to explore the entire operating envelope of a facility and demonstrate the project’s key outcomes have been met. Because of our focused expertise in energy system engineering, we are able to remain constructively engaged throughout the process of testing, troubleshooting, and optimizing a facility’s performance.
In-depth commissioning requires a thorough understanding of project goals. As with all of our services, the starting point is a detailed understanding of the specific financial, environmental and functional criteria established at the project outset. This knowledge informs the planning process.
There are three levels of planning: project level sequencing of system energization and functional testing with a facility, detailed step-by-step commissioning procedures for each system that guide the start-up and testing processes, and daily plans convened by Waldron’s commissioning manager on-site to coordinate all parties associated with or affected by the work. Much of our work is accomplished in operating facilities and requires a thorough understanding of the impacts commissioning will have on existing systems, as well as the ability to develop contingency plans.
TESTING AND RESPONDING
Commissioning is not a straight line from A to B: a thorough commissioning process is a daily encounter with the unexpected. Waldron’s commissioning teams excel at providing leadership and technical guidance to clients, contractors and operations teams when troubleshooting is necessary, and are capable of efficiently realigning resources to keep the process moving forward. Given the opportunity, we are not passive observers, but active contributors to the resolution of difficulties encountered.
Waldron provides daily reports of commissioning activities, as well as annotated procedures that document the step-by-step outcomes realized during the commissioning process. The result is a wealth of information for the facility owners and operators. It is possible to understand exactly what was tested, what worked and what didn’t and why, and how the deficiencies were resolved. The result is a clear roadmap for future operations.