Operations and Maintenance Hand-off

The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) organization has the long-term responsibility for the facility's function and performance. All systems should be commissioned to prove proper operation before acceptance by the owner and the hand-off to the O&M team takes place. Experience has shown that systems not thoroughly commissioned before acceptance become the owners', and eventually the O&M team's, problem. As Heinz and McCray (1996) point out, "[the] Physical Plant [O&M] staff [will] have ... to pick up the pieces for what appear[s] to be a dysfunctional building—dysfunctional only because it was not commissioned." [Flaherty and Gracilieri, 1994; Heinz and McCray, 1996; Rizzo, 1994]

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