In today’s competitive environment, the cost of time is the leading factor in business success. Consequently, time efficiency is one of the main goals of teams at all stages of any project. Commissioning is no exception. The question is how to get the job done fast, while maintaining a high level of quality. Let’s try to come up with the answer together.
By definition, the commissioning process is a set of procedures for planning, documenting, scheduling, testing, and verifying that equipment and systems meet the owner’s project requirements and comply with regulations. Such a complex task is feasible only for a highly qualified team, and excellent teamwork. The latter can be achieved by using automation to help facilitate collaboration between team members, which in turn starts with a clear and transparent process flowchart.
To map a commissioning process, first of all you need to define the key players of your project. Commissioning processes can involve a large number of specialists, usually including Commissioning Lead, Site Managers, Supervisors, General contractors, Subcontractors, Project Managers, Design team, and Technicians.
The next step is to design a workflow where each member will have their own spot and can stay in-the-know in relation to their responsibilities. That’s where a commissioning software solution comes into play.
Let’s picture an example of the construction commissioning process mapped for Site Manager, Supervisor, and Subcontractors, in software called Fluix:
Once the teams and data are connected in a clear and transparent flowchart, it’s time to check what is under the hood and what actually drives the process. Here are the main components that a commissioning software solution like Fluix offers to ensure automation:
Automation itself can’t be a goal, but rather a means to progressing toward higher levels of organization and efficiency. Here are some of the benefits that can be achieved by automating processes with the help of a software solution:
Transparent document and work flows across teams ensure operational efficiency and substantial time savings.
No time spent re-writing due to typos or dirty, crumpled papers. Team members can concentrate on their core job, while paperwork takes minimum time and effort.
Consistent data provided in a timely manner guarantees the commissioning process is performed according to the customer’s expectations.
Customers receive professional-looking standardized PDF reports and can access project documentation at any stage, without additional visits on-site or waiting around for updates.
In Fluix you can map pretty much any kind of process, from construction commissioning and equipment commissioning processes, to project commissioning, and others. Among the most popular are:
High performance at a high speed is possible, with the right tools. A tool that requires a couple of years to be adopted on-site is not the right one. Choose a light-weight system that will not require extensive administration effort, and will be accepted by the team from day one. With the right software solution deployed the right way, you’ll be able to build your ideal commissioning process.