Fire Risk Mitigation (FiRM) program
As part of a client’s Electric System Hardening initiative ASEC has designed over 300 structures for increased reliability. All of these poles had Copper wire that was being replaced by new Aluminum wire. Some of this scope included areas that had compressed schedules due to code infractions.
ASEC worked diligently under the tight timelines mandated by the CPUC and delivered quality deliverables for the system hardening. Wood to steel replacements were designed at various locations dictated by the additional loads and by the program requirements. Additionally, once issues were found post-construction such as excessive conductor tensions, or overutilized structures, remediations have been outlined by the ASEC design and engineering teams.
Drone Investigation Assessment & Repair
ASEC is currently supporting a program aimed at helping mitigate wildfires by replacing damaged equipment on overhead distribution lines. ASEC is providing engineering and design services for this program. The engineering tasks include PLS-CADD modeling, work order creations and engineering support during the life-cycle of each batch of poles assigned. Design services supported by ASEC include maps and plans creation, bill of materials (BOMs) and inputting the design and materials into the client’s iCUE SAP interface.
ASEC is actively contributing to the program efforts and has successfully completed several batches of poles to date. With a highly aggressive schedule, ASEC has created processes internally to drastically increase efficiency while maintaining high quality deliverables.
The scope included an emergency replacement of a pole for compliance. 69kV Transmission (636 ACSR/AW conductor), 12kV Distribution overhead (636 ACSR/AW Conductor) and 12kV Distribution Underground (2/0 AL conductor) to be transferred to the new SW steel pole. New fiberglass arms and connections are needed to be installed.
Replaced the aged wood pole with a new SW Galvanized steel pole. Structure’s 69kV pole top configuration was updated from an X-Delta 3 (with wood cross arms) to a YPI configuration so that all 69kV loading is supported by the pole. The entire design and analysis was performed within client standards, in addition to all the coordinating with multiple internal and external OH & UG teams while maintaining the schedule.