A digital commissioning process
Despite being around for a while, the commissioning process is still often managed using Excel spreadsheets. However, we are seeing a growing trend of companies moving towards using cloud-based commissioning software solutions.
These solutions provide more efficient and effective ways of managing the commissioning process and can help to streamline the process, improve data accuracy and provide real-time access to important project information.
As the commissioning process becomes increasingly complex, with more and more systems and technologies involved, the use of cloud-based commissioning software solutions is becoming more and more prevalent and is now considered as the industry standard.
Commissioning software available on the market
There are a handful of other commissioning programs on the market, including Bluerithm, CxAlloy, FacilityGrid and ProjecTools. But CxPlanner stands out from the crowd with it's industry leading tools, and being developed by Cx experts.
It's important not to confuse construction management systems with commissioning. For example, ProCore exists, but it handles document management and other activities - not commissioning.
How do you manage the commissioning process digitally?
To manage the Cx process, you need a system with:
- A Cx log: All tasks and comments related to the Cx process must be manageable from a single place.
- A system list / asset overview: A complete overview of the facilities, installations, and systems covered by the Cx process.
- Testing paradigms: Test formats for functional testing, performance testing, and SIT Cx testing.
- The flexibility to work not only in the office, but also on a construction site.
The advantage and benefits of a digital Cx process
At CxPlanner, we've helped many people digitise their commissioning processes over the last few years, making them easier to manage.
This offers a variety of benefits, and there's one that developers, consultants, and contractors can all share in: they save time, which means they save money.
There are other benefits to CxPlanner beyond time savings, too:
- Project documentation is stored securely
- Everyone can know the status of a project
- Defects and omissions are easier to follow up on
- Processes are easier to manage
Tests, systems, schedules, and reviews stay organised
Another advantage of a database-based commissioning system is the ability to work with data in a structured way.
For instance, testing dates from a list of systems can automatically be copied into schedules. Locations can be attached directly to drawings.
Requirements for a commissioning system
In addition to the requirements above, at a minimum, a commissioning system must support the documents and activities described in the commissioning standards such as ASHRAE Standard 202.
If a building is also to receive a sustainability certification that addresses the Cx process, the system must be able to support this, too. Read more about commissioning, LEED, and sustainability here.
For instance, the system must be able to generate the following documents specified in ASHRAE:
- Owners Project Requirements
- Commissioning plan
- Commissioning log
- Acceptance documents
- Basis of Design
- Inspection reports
- Training and education plan
- Test paradigms
- Testing reports