Application of Commissioning Agent Principles To System Engineering

This paper presents an approach for implementing an independent Commissioning Agent to complex System of Systems (SoS) development for transit. The scope of requirements, program definition and planning, implementation, and lessons learned as applied to a current major security project will be covered. The commissioning process encompasses the entire system engineering life-cycle, with the goal of a successful completion and acceptance of the required system at the end of development. The concept of Commissioning Agent originated to ensure that HVAC systems were properly specified and installed and was later expanded to virtually any and all building systems. While commissioning is not a new concept in transit system acquisition, the application of an independent Commissioning Agent is new. Commissioning is sometimes mistakenly thought of as acceptance testing instead of validation that the new system actually meets all the client’s requirements. Where only focusing on final acceptance testing fails to provide a mechanism to mitigate the risk of acceptance failure; application of a “Commissioning Agent” provides that mechanism. The role of the Commissioning Agent is to independently review and assess, through the outputs of each phase of development, that the goals and requirements of the system have been completely and correctly embodied into the current phase outputs. Using the Project Intent translated into the set of requirements as the basis for assessment, the independent agent works closely with the development team to verify compliance. An important characteristic of the Commissioning Agent responsibility is the completeness of the commissioning specifications; that is those requirements necessary for successful commissioning. When a risk to successful commissioning on either the owner’s or the supplier’s part is detected, it is reported to both the owner and to the supplier’s responsible officer for corrective action as appropriate. Additional contract requirements are supplemented as needed where missing or incomplete commissioning specifications are identified. By ensuring each phase of system engineering, the goals of successful commissioning are adequately met and the realization of a system that meets the client’s needs and expectations are achieved.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: 2007 Proceedings Rail Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01051590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594260
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2007 3:55PM