Functional Testing Guide

There are a few ways to find them, when kayaking the internet in search of test procedures. Like any intrepid explorer, you may have to resort to a variety of methods. You can hunt for them, trap them, or do some fishing. In other words, find a library, or politely pilfer them from a pal, or invent your own.

Today we look at a library. 

As we've discussed before, there are a lot of ways to approach test writing, ranging from commissioning light, to medium, to commissioning heavy. How involved do you want your tests to be? How deep is your budget? How complex is the facility that you are testing? These questions help determine the depth of your tests.

The Commissioning Test Protocol Library (CTPL) leads you into a myriad of examples, and there are many more styles besides what they exemplify. The main thing, in my opinion, is to find something that works well for you, and is simultaneously simple and clear enough that someone else could administer them on your behalf.
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The Functional Testing Guide allows easy access to the many functional tests collected in the Commissioning Test Protocol Library (CTPL) developed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The CTPL is the largest existing collection of functional test procedures, including many noncopyrighted
test procedures that can be customized to suit individual system configurations.

Since the test procedures in the CTPL do not include detailed explanations, the Functional Testing Guide explains the “how” and “why” behind the functional tests in the CTPL. 

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