Jan 31, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 5460 - Commissioning

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the process of commissioning buildings for use and occupancy.  The course covers processes that can be verified by one-time measurements with hand-held measuring devices and the ones requiring short-term and long-term monitoring, verification, and analyses.  Topics include commissioning of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and communication systems; commissioning planning; and recommissioning. (prereq: AE 3422 or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify the benefits that the commissioning process brings to new construction and existing buildings as it pertains to HVAC, plumbing, electrical and communication
  • Define the commissioning process and the roles that commissioning providers, design teams, contractors, facilities and owner play in the commissioning process
  • Implement the commissioning process and the steps necessary to create a cohesive team environment and a successful project outcome
  • Prepare construction verification forms from design documents, specifications and equipment submittals
  • Explain sequences of operation in a manner understood by the entire commissioning team; identify areas of concern or confusion; develop functional test documents from existing sequences of operation and controls submittals
  • Demonstrate proficiency with hand-held measuring devices and data loggers
  • Analyze trend data from controls systems and data loggers to verify proper or improper operation of the control system; provide appropriate samples to communicate concerns; evaluate outcomes of functional testing and the next steps to take to move towards a properly functioning system
  • Enhance skills in verbal and written communication to address all levels of personnel on the commissioning team, including potential shareholders, with class participation with practice and feedback

Prerequisites by Topic
  • HVAC, plumbing

Course Topics
  • Introduction of commissioning, re-commissioning and retro-commissioning
  • Communication skills
  • Planning the commissioning process
  • Facilitating the commissioning process
  • Design phase commissioning - owner’s project requirement, basis of design documents, design reviews
  • Operations phase commissioning - seasonal testing
  • Construction phase commissioning - commissioning meetings, construction verification, site visits, functional testing
  • Understanding sequence of operations and controls submittals and creating functional test documents
  • Use of hand-held measuring devices and data loggers
  • Analysis of test data
  • Reporting test data in an effective manner

Rachel Rueckert

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