GIS/Mapping and Integration
A geographic information system (GIS) covers a wide array of applications, and the necessity to develop relevant and streamlined solutions is becoming increasingly crucial to monitor assets, manage resources, and effectively plan. These systems can be designed for use in a myriad of ways from basic maps to fully intelligent management systems. For a growing number of electric utilities, municipalities, and energy companies, a GIS is just one component of an integrated enterprise system that can include business and accounting software, engineering analysis tools, and real-time monitoring systems such as SCADA.
ESC implements GIS solutions based on industry best practices, current standards, ever-changing technology, and a deep familiarity with major vendors and applications. We extend basic GIS by providing custom integration services to broaden each application’s reach and capabilities to network infrastructure facilities, overlay assets, and share information and institutional knowledge. We help to streamline efficiency and information sharing of utility assets and integrate functionality and real time access, while reducing the chance for outages and increasing reliability for customers.
Upgraded fiber infrastructure systems provide utilities and municipalities with increased worker safety and system reliability, enhanced asset life-cycles, and further automation of manual processes. The challenge in leveraging investments in fiber networks lies in the ongoing management of infrastructure assets and ESC provides the tools, training, and advisory services necessary to ensure ongoing success for fiber management initiatives.
GIS/Mapping and Integration Solutions:
- Facilities GIS Mapping, Maintenance, Database Updates, and Inventory
- Implementation and Systems Integration
- Fiber System Management Systems
- Plant Valuation and Database Development
- Pole Management Services, Inventory, Numbering, Database, and GIS Integration
- Technical Support and Training
- ArcGIS Online Implementations – Web Enabled Maps and Mobile Mapping Applications
- ArcGIS Server and Portal
- ESRI Utility Network Implementations and Data Conversions
- Software and Database Upgrades
Renewable Energy and Interconnection
Sustainability and finite resources are driving the need to implement a growing number of renewable energy solutions, and becoming more of the focus for many policy and development initiatives. Joining with key partners, ESC is a valued engineering source in helping to develop renewable power projects. From conception, feasibility analysis, and interconnection agreement to design and commissioning, ESC is involved throughout the electrical interconnection process. We work primarily with solar and wind renewable energy applications for electric utilities, municipalities, educational institutions, and governmental agencies, with systems ranging in scale from 10MW to 100MW.
Renewable Energy and Interconnection Solutions:
- Interconnection Substation Design
- System Impact Studies
- Protection and Relaying
- Facility Cable Plant Design
- Design of Interior Site Power Stations
- Communication System Design
- SCADA and Automation Design and Integration
ESC provides comprehensive power systems engineering solutions which are second to none. Each project is unique and customized to suit our clients’ needs with the objective of providing the most economical and reliable solutions to help leverage their investments in electrical infrastructure and power systems, while maximizing reliability and operational productivity.
The need to promote and ensure workplace safety and mitigate arc flash hazards is non-negotiable. ESC provides arc flash hazard analysis and training (NFPA 70E) solutions based on the most current regulatory updates. We also conduct numerous power systems analytical studies which are crucial in ensuring peace of mind to our clients that their facilities’ power systems are operating at peak performance and meeting safety and compliance requirements.
Power Systems Solutions:
- NEC and NFPA Regulatory Compliance
- Hazardous Area Classification Analysis
- Arc Flash Hazard Analysis and Training
- Power Distribution and Quality Analysis
- Power Systems Modeling and Analysis
- Uninterruptable Power and Stand-by Generation
- Motor Starting and Harmonic Distortion Analysis
- Protective Device Time-Current Coordination
- Short Circuit Analysis
- Load Flow Analysis
- Grounding System Analysis
Industrial and Commercial
Industrial and commercial power systems require a keen eye for cost control while meeting the quick pace of scheduling demands where “time is money.” ESC tailors its engineering solutions to fit the needs of these diverse organizations in a very broad market space.
From manufacturing environments, institutional facilities, retail, office, and commercial facilities, to bio-technical, and hotel, casino, and entertainment ventures, engineering needs vary greatly and an off-the-shelf design approach does not work. ESC customizes its project deliverables and quality control methodologies and safeguards to meet, and even exceed, client objectives and expectations, while adhering to applicable safety codes and regulations to ensure a safe and reliable design.
Industrial and Commercial Solutions:
- Power Distribution
- Standby/Emergency Power System Design
- Power Monitoring and Control Systems and Integration
- Process and Manufacturing Control Systems and Automation
- Power Quality Analysis
- Arc Flash Studies and Hazard Analysis
- Specialized Lighting Applications
ESC’s knowledgeable electrical engineers and controls and automation experts specialize in designing and integrating process controls and equipment. Whether developing a systems integration design for a high-speed bottling line or a process application like a water treatment plant, we have a qualified and reputable background in the design and implementation of custom equipment solutions tailored to our clients’ system integration needs.
We provide a broad range of systems integration, engineering, programming, and technical support solutions that focus on the complete lifecycle. We diligently focus on project objectives and utilize state-of-the-art technology to design the most advanced and relevant solutions to meet current requirements and provide seamless integration of future needs by providing non-proprietary solutions that lead to clear migration paths.
ESC works with client staff and stakeholders to identify hardware and software requirements, design system operations and interface software, recommend equipment, and provide commissioning for a successful startup and ongoing operations. We also develop customized operator manuals and troubleshooting guides and provide field and remote training.
Systems Integration Solutions:
- Feasibility Studies/Needs Analysis
- Systems and Communications Integration Design and Specifications
- SCADA System Integration and Software Development
- System Upgrades and Migrations
- Human Machine Interface (HMI)
- System Startup and Commissioning
- Project and Implementation Management
- Training Development and Ongoing Support
- Turnkey Capability
Instrumentation and Control Systems
Instrumentation and control systems are playing a larger role as the push is made for higher efficiencies, shorter return on investment (ROI) cycles, and minimizing operations and maintenance staff. Whether an existing facility requires upgrades or a new facility is being built from the ground up, an increasing level of controls to operate is required.
ESC has decades of experience in evaluating, designing, and implementing systems to monitor, control, and alarm processes. With our breadth of experience and diverse skill sets, we can face virtually any challenge. Our methodology is to be flexible with the project approach and design, considering all potential solutions and working in collaboration with our clients and business partners to determine the best fit for their needs. From there, we finalize design, perform software programming, systems integration, startup and commissioning of the system, and system training. Following project completion, ESC can also provide support via service agreements.
Instrumentation and Control Systems Solutions:
- System Evaluation
- System Design
- Wiring Diagrams, Loop Diagrams, and Panel Layouts
- Software Development
- Systems Integration
- Startup and Commissioning
- Follow-up Support
SCADA and Automation
Electric utilities utilize Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor their systems, detect problem conditions, and perform remote control operations to provide increased reliability and reduction in outages. Manufacturing and industrial organizations use SCADA to improve efficiencies, reduce waste, and operate with smaller staffs. SCADA systems provide in-depth information from across the enterprise which allows for better responsiveness to developing conditions. These systems also store historical data to provide glimpses into the past to determine what occurred or how to improve a process or system.
Automation systems, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Process Automation Controllers (PAC), are platforms ESC utilizes to design and implement automated system solutions. Our staff’s diverse experience reaches across multiple industries, allowing a very broad perspective and ensuring a team capable of meeting any challenge. We work with clients to develop the most targeted solutions for their unique project challenges based on the application’s best fit. A focus in our approaches is on open or non-proprietary solutions allowing greater flexibility, a larger support network, and greater opportunities for expansion and future migrations, which reduces the likelihood of stranded assets.
SCADA and Automation Solutions:
- SCADA System Evaluation, Design, and Integration
- Manufacturing/Industrial Process Control and Systems Integration
- Human Machine Interface (HMI) Development
- Substation Automation
- Distribution Automation
- System Design Documentation and Specifications
- Commissioning and Training
System Protection and Relaying
Reliability and safety. These two words are at the heart of what system protection and relaying design are all about to protect system infrastructure and minimize outages. Digital relays provide valuable metering and status and fault data, which allow the utility to better monitor its electric system and determine the cause of a fault in order to correct the problem and restore service.
System protection and relaying also play a part in the manufacturing, industrial, and commercial realms. Whether for the protection of motors, cable, and switchgear or for minimizing arc flash hazards, settings developed for protective devices are critical for the safety and security of people and plant investment. ESC provides skilled capabilities in this area and a consistent, documented approach and quality control methodology which gives our clients peace of mind that protection is in place.
System Protection and Relaying Solutions:
- Protective Device Coordination Studies
- Sectionalizing Plans
- Protection Evaluation and Analysis
- Relay Settings
- Event/Fault Analysis
- Load Shedding/Generation Protection
- Third-Party Review of Relay Settings
Planning and System Studies
ESC has been serving our clients’ planning and system analysis needs for over 40 years. We understand the many operational challenges of maintaining daily operations, workplace safety, asset lifecycles, and compliance to regulatory and environmental mandates.
Effective and relevant electric system planning provides the roadmap for the short- and long-term future of an electric system. Planning and system studies for both distribution and transmission systems come in many forms. The outcome of system planning is a better understanding of the existing system and criteria analysis for future investment requirements, whether for new facilities or improvements to and expansion of existing facilities. Evaluation of service costs in order to establish fair and flexible rate structures for the consumers they serve is an additional aspect to the planning arena. The end goal is to provide our clients the means to plan for, invest in, develop, and maintain sufficient, reliable, and cost-effective systems and services for the consumers they serve.
Planning and System Studies Solutions:
- Long Range Plans
- Construction Work Plans
- Sectionalizing Studies
- Power Factor Correction Studies
- Generation Interconnection Studies
- System Impact Studies
- System Protection and Relaying
- Power System Load Flow Analysis and Monitoring
- Voltage Stability Studies
- Arc Flash Studies and Hazard Analysis
- Cost of Service Studies
- Rate Design and Policy Development
- Staking and Structural Analysis
- GIS/Mapping Analysis and Implementation
Transmission and Distribution
Transmission and distribution systems are the backbone of any utility system. The myriad of obstacles, difficult terrain, and environmental aspects of these projects are all in a day’s work for our skilled engineering teams. ESC embraces our client’s needs, from initial routing and permitting, to design and staking, cost estimates, and line inspection.
For transmission systems, increasing capacity and improving reliability are the prime drivers for new and upgraded lines. The Rocky Mountain region is ESC’s home and provides some of the most challenging terrain, which provides ample opportunities to develop unique solutions for the most daunting problems. ESC has an experienced staff with diverse backgrounds and familiarity with applications up to 345kV.
For distribution systems, we utilize the latest tools in developing design and construction standards as well as field services where automating staking and integration with GIS and mapping systems are becoming the norm. We coordinate with and oversee utility crews and contractors to ensure that design standards and RUS guidelines, where applicable, are satisfied and in compliance.
Transmission and Distribution Solutions:
- Routing (Transmission Line and Access Road)
- Permitting and Right-of-Way
- Construction Inspection and Staking
- Structural Analysis
- GIS/Mapping Analysis and Implementation
- Specifications and Contracts for Materials, Equipment, and Construction
- Span Determinations
- Sag and Tension Design for all Conductor/Wire Types
- Plan and Profile Drawings
- Structure Assembly Drawings and Materials Lists
- Project Design Calculations Book
- SCADA and Communication Systems
- Communication System/Fiber Optic Make-Ready Analysis
- Construction Contract Administration and Management
- Project Record Documentation
- EPC Project Approach and Execution