With the recent announcement of the newly added AME Commissioning Team, we sat down with Dean Davidson, Principal and Nemer Ghoury P.Eng., Associate to learn a little more about their background and commissioning as a whole.

With the recent announcement of the newly added AME Commissioning Team, we sat down with Dean Davidson, Principal and Nemer Ghoury P.Eng., Associate to learn a little more about their background and commissioning as a whole.

com·mis·sion – bring into working condition

Dean, why commissioning?

My Father, Earl Davidson alongside Richard Clarke, pioneered the commissioning industry in British Columbia incorporating Airmec Systems in 1987. Their vision was to be a partner in a team that would help ensure the operating success of the building. They were successful by providing feedback during design, through construction, and then to operators; ensuring the final products function to the design intent throughout the life span of the equipment.

I joined forces with Airmec Systems in 1991 working closely with Richard. Richard had established himself as the onsite, hands-on commissioning guru which turned out pivotal for my learning and future career path. My love of commissioning is rooted in the variety that the commissioning industry provides. Each project comes with it a new group of people to collaborate with, new machines to explore and evolving control systems. I have become a trusted advisor in the industry over these past 25 years.

Nemer, why commissioning?

I began my career as a technologist, working in an Architect’s office, as a means to support myself while attending school. This experience propelled my passion for the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction Industry graduating with an Engineering degree from UBC’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2007. After graduating, I worked in Research and Development for an HVAC equipment manufacturer, and as a project manager in a commercial design-build firm. Joining AME in 2016, I instantly took interest in commissioning mainly due to the hands-on, onsite nature and my desire to develop a commissioning sector within AME.

Dean, why did you partner with AME?

I’m passionate about providing quality client services through face to face interaction, good communication and being present. I saw these same core values in AME and I felt this was a great match to continue building a legacy; by passing on the pure art of commissioning to future generations. I knew of Nemer’s commissioning projects and was excited about working together. We are certain that we can accomplish more as a team than we could individually.

I also wanted to help pass along my knowledge and experiences to designers. One of my goals is to bring some onsite perspective to the designers at AME and to help grow their knowledge base. In the first few weeks at AME, I have already had some great questions and discussions!

Dean and Nemer, can you tell us what the difference between Commissioning Authority vs. Commissioning Agent?

Commissioning Authority – Responsible for the delivery of the commissioning process by managing all disciplines and acts as an auditor to the commissioning agents. The Authority should be engaged during the Design phase of the project.

Commissioning Agent– Spends the most time on site doing regular reviews from the start of the project through training operating personnel. The Agent becomes involved with the project during the construction phase.

Dean: Our Commissioning Moto: “We didn’t design it, we didn’t build it, and we didn’t install it, but we’ll do our best to make it work”

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