Failure to Consider the Impact of Human Fatigue on Test Results
Error No. 9: Failure to consider the impact of human fatigue on test results
Commissioning can be completed in a day, on a three-day weekend, or it can take several weeks. Integrated commissioning is one of the most demanding steps in the data center design/build process. The employees involved work long hours and are under constant high levels of stress. Many of the individuals involved are sleep-deprived and perform the commissioning on weekends after having worked several weeks of extended hours. This scenario creates conditions that can lead to catastrophic human errors. The commissioning agent team leadership needs to consider the fatigue level of the staff.
Error No. 10: Failure to update commissioning documentation
Once the new data center is commissioned, data center operations staff personnel are likely to change over time. If the commissioning information is kept up-to-date, then the data center knowledge base remains with the company and not with the individuals. The commissioning documentation can serve as the principal source for training of new employees. In addition, the commissioning documentation can serve as a baseline to determine when management should consider upgrading or moving the data center.
Dennis Bouley is a Strategic Research Analyst at APC. In this role, Dennis is responsible for the generation of white papers, case studies and decision support tools. Prior to this role, Dennis held various positions within APC including senior writer, senior business analyst, and marketing manager, APC France. Prior to joining APC in 1998, Dennis was employed at IBM as a client representative for over 10 years. Dennis holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in Journalism and one in French from the University of Rhode Island. He also holds a Certificat Annuel from the Sorbonne, Paris, France. He is currently a member of The Green Grid Technical Committee. He can be reached at Dennis.Bouley@apcc.com.