Vital to the overall success of the project, a complete set of annotated floor plans for monitored appliances and points is important to have for the design, implementation and validation stages of system implementation. Here are examples of how and when floor plans are utilized:
- System Design – During the design phase of the project, identifying the optimal number and ideal placement of infrastructure devices (Access Points, Repeaters, Connect Panels, Alert Lamps, etc.) is critical to a well-designed system so that it functions well and is reliable. The system will often be designed to meet expected operating requirements and also include some redundancy in the event a device fails. The location of each monitored appliance or point is annotated on the sample annotated floor plan in Figure 1. The number inside each circle corresponds to the Sensor # listed in the Equipment List (Figure 2).
- Implementation – Annotated floor plans are invaluable during the implementation phase of the project. Field engineers and technicians use the annotated floor plans as a roadmap to navigate their way through the installation process and ensure the correct sensors are installed on the appliances and points to be monitored. The floor plan is also scanned in and used for the Floor Map view in the application software, allowing users to quickly identify the location of monitored assets and points.
- Validation – Following equipment installation and setup, the system is validated using an IQ/OQ/(PQ) validation protocol. Annotated floor plans are used during protocol execution to verify sensors are correctly installed on the intended appliance or at the desired point. A record of the location of each monitored appliance or point is an important part of a complete validation protocol documentation package, and annotated floor plans are typically incorporated into the final validation protocol package delivered to the customer.
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