Risk Management

Plain and simple, commissioning is risk management for the owner.   Now, the question is how is risk best managed or minimized?  Two of the main factors that impact risk include the following:
  1. Depth of Scope
  2. Quality of Commissioning Engineer
Without question, the biggest impact comes from the quality of the commissioning engineer.  No matter the depth of scope, if the commissioning agent is not experienced with actual engineering design, the risk is pushed back on the owner.   A qualified commissioning agent with engineering experience allows the owner to reduce the depth of scope and still minimize overall risk.
All too often, owners look to minimize costs and end up not reducing overall risk.  Specifically, an owner that elects to minimize cost by reducing the depth of scope AND the quality of the commissioning agent assumes full risk and liability without realizing any true benefit.
Therefore, an owner that demands a quality commissioning agent who is a licensed professional engineer immediately minimizes risk and makes commissioning a true value added benefit to the project.  No matter the depth of scope, a commissioning agent without professional engineering oversight shifts the full weight of risk to the owner.  This is unacceptable.