Industrial Project Commissioning: A Brief Overview

Industrial Project Commissioning

Share This Post

Industrial project commissioning requires a commissioning plan to be created, the proper team to be selected to carry out the commissioning activities, and detailed documentation of all commissioning tests and procedures to verify that everything was done to the correct standards and practices.

The Commissioning Plan

The commissioning plan is the project roadmap and identifies who will be involved and what their roles and responsibilities will be, and outlines the documentation that is required. Since the scope of each project differs from project to project and client to client, the team that carries out the commissioning activities also differs. It is important that the right team is assembled and is qualified to carry out the commissioning activities. At the end of industrial project commissioning, a handover package is created by the contractor and given to the owner, which includes a collection of the commissioning tests and procedures that were conducted.

Stages of Industrial Project Commissioning

There are three stages of industrial project commissioning. First, pre-commissioning occurs, which happens during the final stages of construction. The second stage is commissioning, which is sometimes called “cold” commissioning. And last comes the startup stage.

Pre-functional test (PFT) inspections, end-of-construction punch lists and check sheets, factory and site acceptance testing of control systems, and instrument loop checks are all completed during the pre-commissioning stage. The commissioning stage for industrial projects includes running and testing processes without chemicals or hazardous materials, pre-functional testing of complete building systems, pre-commissioning focusing on equipment, and commissioning focusing on the system. During the startup stage, the plant is brought into operation and the commissioning team provides engineering support as required by the owner.

We created a guide with more details related to Industrial Project Commissioning, which can be accessed here.

More To Explore

How Big Things Get Done with Commissioning - Bluerithm

How Big Things Get Done with Commissioning

In construction, especially when dealing with large-scale projects or “megaprojects,” as detailed in the book “How Big Things Get Done” by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner, the concept of commissioning emerges as a pivotal element that contributes to the success

Building Technology

Autodesk Revit + Bluerithm Integration

Announcing the New Bluerithm Revit Add-In We’re pleased to introduce the Bluerithm Revit Add-In, a significant enhancement to our platform that facilitates the synchronization of assets and their data in Revit models with Bluerithm. This add-in is designed to improve


Customizable site visit report templates with options to track as standalone activities, or to incorporate into the issues log.


Customizable design review templates with options to track as standalone activities, or to incorporate into the issues log.


Customizable meeting minute templates.

TAB templates for custom forms with formulas that you can create and edit. 

Functional and integrated systems tests / level 4 and 5 forms for commercial commissioning. 

Virtually unlimited formats to support your unique needs. 

Pre-functional / level 2 and 3 checklists for commercial commissioning, installation and startup tracking.

Bluerithm has LEED process checklists to ensure you’re on track with your LEED certification requirements, as well as checklist and test forms so you can meet Fundamental and Enhanced LEED certification requirements.

Bluerithm has extensive templates ready to use and customize for a variety of commercial commissioning needs. 

Bluerithm has comprehensive punch list and issue log features to support thorough recording, tracking, and control workflows. New items and responses can be easily added on mobile devices in the field, even when offline. 

Issues are customizable on a project by project basis with custom fields.