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Service Contractor Training

Owner assumptions and no formal transfer of knowledge can put a real dent in design intent.
July 1, 2013
The transfer of knowledge, skills, and documentation to the people responsible for operating new systems is required in order to sustain the benefits of the commissioning process.
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Substantial Completion Confirmation

When is the project complete? Who decides? Here is one example.
June 1, 2013
This is apt to be the last of my series of columns regarding the relationship between Substantial Completion management and efficient and successful commissioning. Previous columns have addressed various reasons why projects are being declared substantially complete when the building systems are barely functional and ideas for how to improve that situation. This month’s column will look at how substantial completion is actually determined by the owner and/or owner’s representative.
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FASTER + CHEAPER ≠ Better

Can a project manager overcome the desire to suspend belief in physics and common sense?
March 29, 2013
My recent columns have been puzzling through the question of why owners are accepting unfinished construction projects as substantially complete.
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What Is Substantial Completion?

Sort it out before you’re told that you’re there.
March 4, 2013
This month I will continue addressing what can be done to reverse the trend of building owners prematurely accepting projects as substantially complete.
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Building Automation

The Importance Of Measurement And Feedback

We won’t open greater system potential until the feedback loop is closed.
February 26, 2013
Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has dedicated his time and efforts toward running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Substantial Completion & Knowledgeable Owners

January 29, 2013

The readers weigh in. In my December 2012 column, I solicited reader feedback regarding substantial completion and the trend of owners accepting buildings as substantially complete when the mechanical and electrical systems are not complete, fully integrated, and functioning properly. 


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Why Are Owners Taking This?

January 2, 2013

There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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Commissioning

When “Substantial Completion” Is Insubstantial

November 26, 2012
A concept created for special circumstances has become a sad S.O.P.
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Commissioning

Documenting Integrated HVAC Controls

November 9, 2012
When it comes to manual labor, the buck needs to stop somewhere.
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Commissioning

Data Integration During Construction

October 31, 2012
The commissioning agent can steer this to avoid data paralysis later.
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