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Commissioning Training Survey

Commissioning Training Survey - What are your biggest problems during commissioning?

Commissioning Training Survey – Please leave your feedback in the comment’s section.

I came back from the commissioning conference in Bangkok and a lot of attendees told me about their problems and challenges during commissioning … so I got the idea for this Commissioning Training Survey.

And now, I’d like to GIVE YOU THE CHANCE to talk with me and tell me more about your BIGGEST problem.

Here is what I’d need from you:

Please answer the question below (yes, your comment is important to me and warmly anticipated!)

“What is YOUR (you as a CEO, Commissioning Engineer, Commissioning Manager, Operations Manager or Maintenance Manager) biggest problem, challenge or obstacle during plant pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up?”

Hint — what really hurts you at the moment?

Your answer will help me custom-tailor my trainings, seminars and coachings as well as future blog posts and emails to you.

Looking forward to your answer.

Thomas Stuenkel

PS: Click here for the FREE Online Commissioning Training.

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  • Tkengpost June 27, 2011, 12:15 pm

    1.  Late arrival of future operational staff (mostly after installation and pre-commissioning, generally in the middle of commissioning).
    2. Very low level of knowledges (theoretical) about the equipment, which they will operate and their lack of interest to learn something new (study of operational manuals for installed equipment is very important before start-up)
    3. Lack of of interest to obtain practical skills regarding to operation and maintenance during installation, pre-commissioning and commissioning from supervisors and commissioning staff.
    This is also valid for shift leaders (they are affraid to solve critical situations, because they do not know how – lack of training and knowledges)
    I think you have the same experiences.

    Best regards

    Tibor Kollar

  • Dale_breaux2000 June 27, 2011, 8:06 pm

    The constant, and most prevalent problem is construction’s unwillingness to cooperate in the commissioning effort. All other issues are readily resolved, with the exception of this one point.

  • Samad Hafiz June 28, 2011, 1:26 pm

    During precommissioning, steam blowing makes alot of noise because on large networks its not possible to install silencers at all locations.
    Installation of sacrificial valves in large numbers is not possible during steam blowing. Using original valves during steam blowing errodes the valves which results in passing / leak thru problem in these valves. 
    Blind installation during precom activities and keeping a record for all blinds because even one unnoticed blind can delay start up.
    Installation of piping during fabrication on pipe racks ask for great deal of care to avoid forgetting welding tools in lines, fire cloths, bricks , mud , which really hurt the equipment during precommissioning and commissioning.

  • Behrangkhodaei June 29, 2011, 7:04 am

    ·        Failure to provide minimum requirement for commissioning such as while inlet off spec gas received instead of spec gas in gas refinery is one of the major reason that maybe prolong commissioning time, in the other word lake of coordination between different part of unit system mentioned as big problem for Com.
    ·        Failure to consider some of lines/ facilities that maybe only useful for commissioning/ start up is another problem trough commissioning stage.  
    ·        Lake of proper coordination between construction team and commissioning team and operation team as well.
    Behrang Khodaei

  • Lucio Frattini June 29, 2011, 12:04 pm

    One of the major issues I experienced is the budget constrain with a cascade of problems that vary from lack of skilled personnel hired, to a suitable organization, to necessary tools and spares etc.
    Not to mention upon most negative thing of all of above, its impact on Safety.


  • Peki Hariyanto June 30, 2011, 2:39 am

    Construction still not finish yet their task but our RFC schedule already coming

  • Engtronics July 5, 2011, 7:34 pm

    and challenges during commissioning …


    mechanical commissioning team leader, I work in many projects during that I
    have been seeing many problems like the following:

    Flange management result delays during the leak test, huge nitrogen quantity
    vented to atmosphere

    oil flushing for gas turbines delay the project due to un proper cleaning
    during the construction phase

    cleaning for the gas turbines fuel gas conditioning skids delay the project due
    to un proper drying after the chemical cleaning

    compressors main compressors circulation which cases damage to the anti surge
    valve strainers due to un proper flushing, blowing.  

  • Boateng Prince July 14, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Thomas,Its Prince Boateng ,with an answer that i prommissed u,The biggest problem everybody wil account for is putting the best,skilled,in depth trained team to complete the commissioning in the time as is set to due.
    I have encountered this in previous commissioning jos,and the setting date was never reached.

    I thank u 

  • Chubaca59 December 5, 2011, 12:12 am

    At times, construction can be very slow at addressing punch items that need to cleared, or turning over clear and concise documentation.

  • M_hanfy99 February 24, 2012, 7:11 am

    i want to learn commissioning please