Both literally and figuratively, the success of a project stands or falls by the understructure. That is the first thing you look at in commissioning: the architecture can still be so beautiful, but is it also stable? A professional eye, such as that of ET Management and Advice, is required so that a building from the basement up to and including the roof is thoroughly inspected for any tiny irregularity that often conceals a much larger problem.
A building “lives” thanks to the continuous “transport” of water, gas and air (ventilation), but such an extensive network of pipes also requires extensive inspection. Certainly if there are chemical substances flowing through the system. Depending on the task of a piping system, each of them is extensively tested for temperature resistance, quality and durability of the material used, quality of flow, quality of insulation, cleaning options and the status during prolonged drought or no use of the pipeline network.
The “nervous system”
A building comes to life when people can work there and electricity can be seen as the nervous system of a building. Commissioning in terms of electricity comprises two “branches of sport”. Firstly, the so-called Megger test checks the quality of the insulation of the network throughout the entire building. In addition, the cables are checked as well as the cable ducts, the materials that hold the cables in place and the way in which they are incorporated into the concrete. In line with this, ET Management and Advice looks at the flexibility of the cables, in other words, how they bend when they bend. The cables are also inspected from the inside for the wiring. Extra attention is paid to the points in the building where wiring cables come together, such as with a meter cupboard, because there they are extra vulnerable from a (fire) safety point of view.
The “bone structure”
The mechanical installation gives a building its face: it sets its value in money directly or indirectly, and enables it to have a future. Mechanical engineering commissioning involves a visual inspection of the entire construction followed by a more in-depth investigation of it. In a broad sense, this means an investigation of its stability and quality, which also includes research into the origin of the materials. In more detail it means checking the bolt tension, resilience of the materials and a checkout of each separate part of the construction.
For the safety of the building and the people who work there, “sharp eyes” are needed that observe that everything is perpendicular to the lead. A thorough check with precision measuring instruments is required to indicate, measure and record physical quantities such as flow, temperature, level, distance, angle or pressure and is therefore part of commissioning. It goes without saying how dangerous a defective instrument is for the (fire) safety of an installation and / or building.