Written Test Procedures

Written functional test procedures define the means and methods to carry out system/intersystem tests during the construction phase. To the extent possible these test procedures shall be defined by the commissioning team in the design stage and written into contractors’ scopes of work. Test procedures will necessarily be refined early in the construction phase based on the submittal process. Tests procedures provide the following:

  • Required parties for the test, which may include the construction management (CM), construction contractor, specific subcontractor(s), designer, GSA project manager (PM), GSA operating personnel, GSA technical experts and customer agency representatives. The roles of each required party must also be clearly defined.
  • Prerequisites for performing the test including completion of specific systems and assemblies. Prerequisites are of critical importance when undertaking phased construction and/or phased occupancy. The commissioning agent (CxA) must coordinate tests with the CM in terms of the overall construction schedule and the anticipated completion of given systems.
  • List of instrumentation, tools and supplies required for the test.
  • Step-by-step instructions to exercise the specific systems and assemblies during the test. This includes instructions for configuring the system to begin the test, and the procedure to return the system to normal operation at the conclusion of the test.
  • Description of the observations and measurements which must be recorded and the range of acceptable results.

Development of project specific test procedures can be expensive. Where possible, baseline GSA test procedures shall be referenced and used as a guide from which to customize project specific procedures.

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