Learn more about commissioning plans and the importance of having one for your project.
Published 24 Nov 2022
A commissioning plan is a guide used by commissioning teams and project managers to establish the scope and responsibilities to be carried out in order to ensure and verify that an item or operation is working well. Often, a commissioning plan is made up of multiple documents.
In the general commissioning process, a commissioning plan serves as the basis or foundation for all tasks and schedules. Not only does the commissioning plan have the list of responsibilities of those involved in a project, but it also contains the tasks to be done, schedules to be followed, goals to be achieved, and target dates.
A commissioning plan also details safety and health requirements to be followed for the whole commissioning process. Additionally, a commissioning plan also contains the quality standards to be followed by everyone involved for every process, ensuring everyone is aligned when it comes to quality and safety protocols. Having a commissioning plan also makes it easy to hand over projects should there be a change in leadership, as the plan would have all the necessary information for carrying out the project.
Although some processes and needs may change along the way, having a commissioning plan as early as possible is important to any project. Even though it can change throughout the project process, creating a commissioning plan first can help visualize the steps to take, the roadblocks that can be encountered, and the expected costs to prepare for at the onset of the project. These can be changed later depending on the situation.
There is no strict way to create a commissioning plan. Each can be modified depending on the industry, product to be evaluated, and the need for the commissioning, as well as on the conditions under which a project is expected to be carried out. For example, there can be a specific commissioning plan for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) commissioning, building commissioning, and electrical or energy commissioning.
However, generally, a commissioning plan should have the following:
For all the elements of the commissioning plan, checklists are essential. There are pre-commissioning checklists that are made before and during the commissioning plan creation stage, and there are checklists that are also created during the commissioning process itself. These checklists ensure that all processes agreed upon are followed, as well as all equipment needed is obtained and maintained discussed. Using checklists in commissioning plans and in the project itself can also ensure all safety and quality standards are being followed.
Said commissioning plan checklists also have no certain rules for their creation. Similar to commissioning plans, there are different ways to create and maintain checklists depending on the nature of the project. Using a digital checklist tool for commissioning plan checklists will also be more beneficial as digital checklists are:
Commissioning Checklist | SafetyCulture
Equipment Commissioning Checklist | SafetyCulture
HVAC Commissioning Checklist | SafetyCulture
Consider using SafetyCulture for creating and maintaining your commissioning plan. SafetyCulture is a digital inspection and checklist tool that can be used for all your commissioning needs. With SafetyCulture, you can convert your existing commissioning plan templates from Excel for use in the app, use a commissioning template from the Public Library and modify it as needed, or create a new one from scratch. After, you can share your checklists with those you authorize, such as your team members, your commissioning team, and your superiors.
All SafetyCulture checklists are also uploaded to the cloud where they can be accessed anytime and anywhere, allowing for quick inspections and audits on the go. Changes in any checklists are also reflected in real-time, including offline work—which immediately syncs back to the cloud once the internet connection is restored.
Other things SafetyCulture allows you to do are:
This commissioning checklist is to help ensure the safety and functionality of new or modified systems in a facility. Some things it can audit are the performance of HVAC systems, pumping, piping, and lighting systems.
This equipment commissioning checklist is used for the commissioning of burners and/or boilers in an industrial or commercial power plant. Each inspection item can be modified to be “mandatory” to ensure attention to every detail of the equipment.
This commissioning checklist is for commissioning engineers to prove the functionality of newly installed or upgraded HVAC systems. With this HVAC checklist, commissioning teams can test programmable thermostats, condensing units, and variable air volume (VAV) terminals and handling units using this intuitive checklist. With every failed criterion they marked, they trigger a push notification via the SafetyCulture mobile app, email, and/or text message (SMS).
Roselin Manawis is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture. She has experience in news writing and content marketing across different fields of discipline. Her background in Communication Arts enables her to leverage multimedia and improve the quality of her work. She also contributed as a research assistant for an international study and as a co-author for two books in 2020. With her informative articles, she aims to ignite digital transformation in workplaces around the world.
Reverse logistics is becoming increasingly important in today’s business environment. ...
Benefits Effective data management offers several advantages to organizations. For one, it enhances ...
History Management consultants first developed the idea and terminology of KM. When the web became ...