**FREE** Insight into DoD Critical Systems Testing & Integrated Commissioning Processes
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:30 AM
End Date/Time:
Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:00 PM
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Insight into DoD Critical Systems Testing & Integrated Commissioning Processes


Insight into DoD Critical Systems Testing & Integrated Commissioning Processes 



Join SAME Mid-Maryland as we host GHD’s presentation which will touch on the often-overlooked area of commissioning of critical systems, with a deep dive into commissioning of Fire Protection systems. Historically, the term “commissioning” has referred to the process by which only HVAC systems of a building were tested and balanced. Today’s use of commissioning recognizes the integrated nature of all building systems’ performance, which impact sustainability, workplace productivity, occupant safety and security. More and more agencies (USACE, NAVFAC, etc.) are developing commissioning guidelines that cover these expanded areas. Some of these agencies have issued Engineering Construction Bulletins that have identified critical systems and associated sub-systems that have consistently experienced performance issues, which they believe will be well served by an integrated commissioning process.This presentation would cover what the Commissioning (Cx) process and common deliverables are, targeted to an audience who may not be involved in Cx on a daily basis. In addition, the presentation would discuss the evolution of Commissioning for DoD, roles and responsibilities specific to DoD projects, as well as common neglects and lessons learned. Finally, we will touch on the recent changes to NFPA 3, which gives stakeholders a process for the commissioning of fire protection and life safety systems. This guideline covers the complete Cx process for system operation throughout the building's life cycle, and helps the stakeholders verify the systems are designed, installed, and function as intended. While NAVFAC has recently identified acceptance testing as a major need for efficiently completing their Capital Improvements missions, what steps do NAVFAC and other DoD agencies employ for full building commissioning? GHD will share industry insights on how best to address critical systems and the evolving strategy of integrated commissioning.


  • Evolution of Commissioning for DoD
  • Commissioning of Critical Systems
  • How Commissioning relates to NFPA 3 and NFPA 4
  • Commissioning Roles and Responsibilities


Matthew Polley PE, Fire Protection Engineer

Matthew is a Fire Protection Engineer for GHD in Baltimore, MD. He serves as Engineer of Record for multiple NAVFAC projects serving both NAVFAC Washington and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. On the majority of those designs, he also serves as the Qualified Fire Protection Engineer through construction. He also serves as the Fire Protection Engineer on multiple construction contracts as the third party quality control engineer. Prior to working for GHD, Matthew was a Fire Protection Engineer at USACE Middle East District as well as part of the Technical Center of Expertise for Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection. In this role, Matthew was responsible for witnessing the fire protection testing of a wide range of buildings all over the Middle East. He also oversaw the design and construction of hangar projects worldwide and was heavily involved in the acceptance testing of the fire protection systems within those hangars.

Dylan Desimone PE, Senior Project Manager / Mechanical EngineerDylan Desimone, Senior Project Manager for GHD, is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

He is experienced in mechanical design, commissioning, forensic engineering, and construction management for a wide variety of projects including: mechanical, electrical, fire protection and plumbing systems for 100+ military, water, wastewater, mining, industrial, energy, and data center projects.Dylan is a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) by the Association of Energy Engineers, and is also a member of the Professional Development in Engineering, Board of Advisors for University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In a past life, Dylan was a Project Manager for a General Contractor responsible for bidding, construction administration, and on-site coordination of all trades for educational, commercial, and medical facility projects.



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