Riddle me this, who employs the commissioning firm? Sounds like an easy question?
On international projects, culture, national pride and different standards apply. IMHO, culture clash is the largest generator of problems and dealing with it requires leadership and clarity.
To answer the question, another question has to be answered. What type of commissioning service is required? Based on a traditional design, bid, build, commission, handover project, the following definitions apply:
Commissioning Authority (CxA)
An entity or person employed by the owner and certified by a recognised, independent organization who plans, leads and coordinates the commissioning team to implement the commissioning process. Normally an independent 3rd party specialist.
Commissioning Validation (CxV)
An competent entity or person employed to validate i.e. verify, performance of building systems and equipment. Validation can be a combination of witnessing and actual 3rd party testing. Normally an independent 3rd party specialist.
Commissioning Management (CxM)
A team or person responsible for the planning, organization, co-ordination and control of commissioning activities. A onetime event relating to new construction or new installation. Normally an independent 3rd party specialist.
Commissioning & Testing (CxT)
An competent entity or person employed to undertake actual testing of systems in accordance with specified requirements. Normally a specialist firm.
Advancement of a system from a state of static completion to full dynamic operation in accordance with specified requirements. A onetime event relating to new construction or new installation.
Measurement and recording of system parameters to assess specification compliance.
To enter into contract with a commissioning firm a choice has to be made about which commissioning service is required, is it;
When the appropriate choice is made the contractural relationship becomes clear IMHO. In the table below, options for commissioning contractural relationships and lines of communication are detailed.
Note: “CxA CxM CxV CxT Contractural Relationship Chart” diagram can be downloaded in PDF at www.bldwhisperer.com/downloads
IMHO, the answer to confusion about commissioning is to always be on a mission to continually explain what commissioning actually is and demonstrate the benefits of commissioning outcomes i.e. buildings that actually work!
Related posts & links:
#62 – 5 Rules of Commissioning Management ( https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-rules-commissioning-management-adam-muggleton?trk=mp-reader-card )
#55 – P3 – Who’s Who in the Cx Zoo ( https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/p3-whos-who-cx-zoo-adam-muggleton?trk=mp-reader-card )
#34 – Commissioning Management – A Project Management Derivative? ( https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/commissioning-management-project-derivative-adam-muggleton?trk=mp-reader-card )
#95 – What is Commissioning? ( https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-commissioning-adam-muggleton?trk=mp-reader-card )