Our VP of Operations in EMEA, Mark Barry, shared his thoughts on Commissioning Execution “starting with the end in mind.”
In the world of commissioning, where experts meticulously oversee the final stages of projects, there's a mantra that often resonates: "starting with the end in mind." While I may not be a commissioning manager myself, this principle has taught me invaluable lessons about project execution.
From my non-commissioning perspective, "starting with the end in mind" means understanding that every action, every choice we make, should contribute to a larger purpose. It's not just about going through the motions but about ensuring that every step aligns with the ultimate goal.
It’s not uncommon to see projects running behind on schedule and exceeding their budgets, and the one big common factor we see time and time again is the timing of when commissioning experts are brought into the project timeline.
Commissioning is the final, crucial phase of a project where systems are tested, fine-tuned, and validated to ensure they meet the intended functionality and performance standards. This phase plays a pivotal role in the successful operation of a facility or system. However, the importance of commissioning is sometimes underestimated or misunderstood.
Bringing commissioning experts in too late in the project timeline, particularly after the Design phase, can lead to the following challenges:
In summary, "starting with the end in mind” to me means, early involvement of commissioning experts, ideally during the Pre-FEED and FEED phases, allowing for more effective planning, design optimisation, and problem identification. It minimises the risk of budget overruns, delays, and quality compromises, ensuring that commissioning contributes positively to the project's success.
At Kent, we use our total systems integration model to leverage early-phase project engagement, this is what makes us the number one CCS company in the world. This model typically provides a tangible reduction on the cost of commissioning as a percentage of the total project cost.
Input, interaction, and intervention points from the earliest stages is critical for capturing the commissioning needs of the project. Once you’re ready for start-up, everything is safely in place for stable and profitable production.