Testing and Commissioning of Fire Protection Systems
Other high profile projects such as Park Place in Vancouver were also tested as a Total System. Such testing revealed that the accepted process that relied on suppliers to test their own systems gave relatively poor results when tested by fully functional tests in which all systems had to work as a whole.
A workshop on testing and commissioning was run under the auspices of the University of BC in the late 1990s. As a result, codes and standards tightened up the roles and responsibilities of professionals in the testing and commissioning process.
The testing of all elements of a system becomes more easily understood when the design is the responsibility of one coordinating consultant. Typically a testing and commissioning protocol is developed that details the schedule of tests, the personnel who must attend, test equipment, radios and other communications means.
The benefits of this process for owners are improved reliability and a reduction in false alarms not to mention improved fire and life safety.