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  • Writer's pictureCraig Drabyk

Electrical Commissioning

Anyone who’s been involved in a large construction or building renovation project is aware of the importance of the commissioning. Most commissioning efforts prioritize HVAC – air and water balancing, BAS point-to-point check, basic sequencing, etc. – as well as fire alarm systems. On the electrical side, commissioning has traditionally been very basic, included such items as continuity check, megger testing on panel feeders, and emergency lighting. But while HVAC commissioning continues to evolve as new systems and technologies are developed, the electrical commissioning process has lagged behind, with commissioning agents still following outdated checklists. The result? Multiple problems, contractor callbacks, and unhappy clients.

Today’s electrical startup and commissioning approach should encompass all electrical systems and their interface points and should be conducted by a knowledgeable contractor who knows the functionality of the full range of low voltage systems. A good commissioning document should include systems such as electrical and utility metering, lighting control and daylight harvesting, IT/AV, DAS and WAPs for cell phones and Wi-Fi, shade controls, sound masking, and various other monitoring systems. If commissioning documents don’t include all of these electrical systems, a good electrical contractor like Omni can help develop them to avoid the inevitable problems, delays and finger-pointing.

About Omni

Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc. is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc. is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.

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