Posted in Expertise You Can Count On, on Monday Jun 29 2015
Author: Kevin Koss, Senior Mechanical Engineer
While commissioning a BSL-3Ag Lab (biosafety laboratory level 3 for agricultural hazards), I was asked by the project manager to investigate why two high-velocity exhaust fans serving the containment space were not performing as designed. Troubleshooting the system led me to a substantial learning experience.
There is a difference between merely operating and performing correctly. As a commissioning agent, are we only making sure it meets design-intent? Or, are we truly diving into the design and ensuring the system as we leave it is operating at its best possible performance as installed?
I learned that besides verifying the control sequence and set points; it is best to commission the “system” as a whole. Many times some careful set point manipulation and monitoring is all that is required not only to have a better operating system, but also have immediate payback on energy savings.
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