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Cost-effective quality assurance

Early involvement of our commissioning teams can help to eliminate the quality issues that can occur during the design, engineering and installation phases on your project.

Design flaws can lead to underperforming systems and can also affect a completed facility's productivity and operating costs through premature equipment failure, increased energy consumption, poor indoor air quality or an uncomfortable work environment for its occupants. Proper commissioning can eliminate these concerns.

Designed to minimise the risks involved in engineering and construction, commissioning is a cost-effective way to ensure the best possible start up and handover of a facility, on-time, within budget and to specified quality standards. It also ensures that systems, equipment and occupants are ready to work at optimal productivity from day one. And that this level of performance is sustainable.

Looking at the big picture from a systems perspective, commissioning brings real-world operating insight to design and construction teams, helping them to identify issues before they escalate. What's more, by ensuring that every aspect of a facility is designed, built and operated properly, commissioning can also help to reduce long-term operating and maintenance costs, energy consumption and liabilities.

Ticking all the boxes

Implemented from the design phase through to at least a year after construction, commissioning is a systematic process of ensuring that all the systems in a facility perform and interact according to the contract documents, the design intent and the owner's operational needs.

"Commissioning is a requirement of the construction contract on Johnson & Johnson projects. The need to be first to market means that new projects are often started before all the issues are known. As the client, Johnson & Johnson benefits most when those executing the project can operate in an environment where 'what ifs' and ambiguity are kept to the minimum."

Bill Tibbitt, Executive Director
Worldwide Engineering and Real
Estate, Johnson & Johnson

The Issue Life Cycle

Challenges arise at every stage of a project, from planning and design to construction, handover and operation. Commissioning is an effective way to identify problems as early as possible and resolve them quickly while there are low-cost or no-cost solutions available.

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Ideally an issue will have an early birth and a short life. If undetected or unresolved until late into construction, or during testing or operation, it will be more costly to resolve.

A commissioning team that is involved in a project from the planning and design phase can highlight issues early and ensure they are resolved so that quality, cost and schedule are not compromised.

Risk-based approach to commissioning

SPGL takes a risk-based approach to commissioning and start up, focusing best practice verification and documentation procedures on the areas most likely to affect quality, cost and schedule.

We start with a comprehensive commissioning plan which provides a route map for the project and highlights the areas that require most risk management. The plan also determines the level of documentation required for each system within a project.

Expert in commissioning facilities for the pharmaceutical industry, SPGL can produce highly detailed documentation for close scrutiny by regulatory authorities. For non-regulated industries, we simply adjust the level of detail to suit each project.

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