Safety is the Highest Priority at KPI
Safety is a core value at KPI. We believe safety starts in design by considering the technology systems, operators, and maintenance. This is called design for safety. When we design for safety, we are considering the experience of the operators and workers interacting with the technology systems and we are also considering life safety and maintenance aspects. Our design engineers are trained in safe equipment design.
We put the same emphasis on safety during project execution, installation, and commissioning. Our field staff are rigorously trained in OSHA for construction and for operations. We understand the hazards of setting large electrified equipment and the changing hazards of commissioning systems and handing them over to facility operations teams.
Shown here is a screenshot of our safety tracking software, iAuditor. We have standard safety inspections and dashboards that are updated for the unique aspects of each project. We can also share our iAuditor account access with clients so that our clients have real-time access to safety information, alerts, and open issues.
The Project Management Office Leads Projects through coordinated management of internal and external resources guided by the KPI Project Execution Model using best-in-class software applications and standard tools to ensure effective communication internally and externally. Collaboration and transparency are priorities throughout the duration of the project.
KPI Project Implementation
Project Management & Engineering Services
- Assign a full project team
- Validate design assumptions
- Manage project change orders
- Refine and maintain the schedule
- Procure subsystems & controls components
- Fabricate & assemble equipment & controls
- Perform functional system acceptance
- Develop & provide training schedule & materials
- Develop spare parts list
- Develop manuals
- Plan phased system installation
- Ship equipment to site
KPI Project Installation
Site Management (Supervision)
KPI Project Services Tools
Project Management Tools
Cloud-based tools are used for collaboration and to manage project financials, resources, project schedules, open issues lists, risk logs, expense reporting, document storage/sharing, and invoices.
Schedule creation tracking, open issues, risk log, and change order management
Project Management Dashboard
Project financials, purchase order requisitions, and sales order management
Commissioning, Testing, and Quality
Commissioning starts during the quality inspection phase for equipment. Commissioning also starts during the requirements definition phase for software and enterprise integrations. KPI follows a 14-step commissioning process that includes early testing and inspection, rate testing, exceptions testing, scale-up, and ultimately entire system functioning as an integrated system. Our final integration testing confirms the operation of the system using the owner’s operators, maintenance staff, IT infrastructure, and enterprise system (ERP).
Below are some screenshots from CxAlloy, a cloud-based commissioning tool used by KPI. We have a library of pre-built test scripts and inspection reports for most types of automation and software. We customer the reports and dashboard for the needs of each project. We can share the dashboards and open issues lists with clients so that everyone on the team has real-time access to the progress of commissioning and visibility to critical items.
Testing by individual parties
Independent object testing across parties
Functional Integration Test
Internal and Interface Tests
Equipment Test (FAT)
Performed on- or off-site. Mechanical and electrical functionality is as indented/procured by client (mostly mechanical
Test ensuring software can handle the requested volumes and system performance.
Ensuring that the new changes implemented do not adversely affect the existing working code.
Confirmed user acceptance on solution (limited to software solution).
Verification that equipment and facilities grouped together in circuits are construction complete per the drawings
Functional verification of equipment and facilities grouped together in circuits. Performed with IT and Operators (Project signs off).
System Acceptance Testing
Confirmed user acceptance on individual solution (software and equipment) (Site/Operations signs off).
Start Up / Controlled Start
Production start. Intent to produce finished goods.
Verification of contractual obligations that systems perform as defined and procured by client.
Functional teams producing through production ramp up.
Site Acceptance Testing
Confirmed user acceptance on solution (software and equipment) (Site/Operations signs off).