As data centre developers and owners, you will see first-hand, the benefits that come from data centre commissioning conducted by our team- all to assure the highest levels of reliability and efficiency are achieved in line with the design intent.
Commissioning is the process that reviews and tests the data centre’s physical infrastructure design as a holistic system to assure the highest level of reliability and efficiency are achieved, in accordance with the design. Placed in the context of entire data centre deployment, commissioning should be part of the implementation phase, commencing with a commissionability review of the design for optimisation of chiller, pump and fan power, and simplification of design for commissioning and operation.
Data centre commissioning holds many benefits for the data centre developers and owner, such as quicker construction with reduced problems. increased uptime, higher availability and fewer repairs, in addition to fast fixes and fewer changes, reduced costs and increased return on investment. We are well versed in commissioning data centres to the highest performance requirements, including management of the uptime certification process.
Level one commissioning covers submittal reviews and factory witness testing. Factory witness testing involves mockups of equipment or systems in controlled environments, often at the manufacturer or vendor’s factory – hence the name. Testing in this environment makes it easier and less expensive to find and fix design and implementation issues with equipment and software. It also allows asynchronous testing of many different systems while the data center itself is still under construction, aiding in overall timeline efficiency.
It’s at this point where the response from all systems – power, cooling, general HVAC, etc. must be proven to work together in unison and prevent any interruptions to the operation of the data center.
In summary level five commissioning demonstrates the performance of the facility as a whole against all design criteria. Systems are operated at various loads and in various modes to demonstrate proper response to equipment failures and utility problems.
Here is the seven steps to explain why you should think again about commissioning: