AV Systems Commissioning
Project Commissioning is not just an activity to check out systems at the end of a project. It includes activities from the program phase all the way through checkout, testing, alignment and turnover to the end users. We use as our guide the procedures outlined by in the Building Commissioning Handbook published by the Building Commissioning Association. These procedures are augmented and adjusted for AV system commissioning according to the Audiovisual Best Practices book and our ongoing work with related international standards. To this end, we offer AV systems commissioning services that include the following tasks:
Program Verification and Commissioning Target-Setting
At the beginning of the project, the AV program should be verified, and the AV system incorporated into the commissioning plan. Part of this activity is to set system performance targets for each major sub-system in the AV project: Audio, Video, and Control. These targets include parameters such as display contrast ratios, sound reinforcement signal-to-noise ratios and gain before feedback, sound system coverage, and control system navigational performance.
Design Phase Monitoring
In an third-party commissioning role, design documents are reviewed for adherence to the program, and adjustments are made to the commissioning plan if needed as the project proceeds.
Construction / Installation Phase Monitoring
Monitoring of the construction process is provided as needed depending on the project team’s configuration. Tasks such as submittal reviews and pre-installation testing or test report reviews are provided in preparation for final installation and commissioning.
Verification, Testing and Commissioning
System installation on site is monitored if needed. Once the systems are ready for commissioning, the on-site system tests are performed as defined by the commissioning plan, punch lists are prepared if needed, and the system is turned over to the owner. On some projects, training on the system can be conducted by Technitect as the commissioner.