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Challenge

The world’s need for power transmission and distribution infrastructure continues to grow, driven by reliability issues, and asset aging in some regions; load and generation growth in others. Regardless of how the power generated, power-delivery infrastructure is becoming progressively more difficult and expensive to site, design, and construct—and to operate and maintain safely and reliably.

As we look to generate more power with lower greenhouse gas emissions, “smart grids” are needed to integrate it with greater quality and reliability. To address this generational technical challenge, you need an innovative partner who understands smart power systems.

Obtaining and maintaining social license for infrastructure projects is also becoming more difficult, and power transmission projects are uniquely challenged. New, innovative approaches are needed to successfully complete environmental and socioeconomic assessments; and continuous, open communication to ensure successful consultations. Inevitably, more power infrastructure will need to be built “out of sight” and possibly underground.

Risk management is key to successful project delivery. Regulatory and environmental risks, constructability, and safety risks can all impact schedule and budget. A much more comprehensive, continuous risk management approach is becoming the norm, from the concept stage through prefeasibility, feasibility, and execution.

Owners of power delivery assets are looking to minimize operating and maintenance expenses, and maximize the use of their assets to get the most value from their investments. The industry is making great strides, optimizing O&M and decision-making regarding asset sustainment and end-of-life replacement.


Capabilities

Power system performance analysis and system planning studies

With decades of experience analyzing power-systems performance and optimizing power-system development, we have leading-edge analytical tools and expertise that save you time and money.

Engineering and project delivery services

Critical values of safety, quality, and environmental compliance are baked into project delivery from the concept stage. State-of-the-art 3D modeling, design techniques, and the most advanced software tools minimize project risk and maximize profitability. We add our world-class expertise in the design of ac and dc transmission systems, power distribution infrastructure, and the management of project implementation to drive the results you want.

Route and site selection studies; environmental planning and permitting expertise

You need a partner with experience producing and coordinating all the associated pieces. We offer a unique combination of engineering, construction, environmental, and socioeconomic expertise under one roof, managing your constructability and social license risks at the same time.

Due diligence, independent engineer and lender’s engineer services

We’ve worked all over the world with proven industry experts, and offer a full range of assistance to buyers, sellers, and financiers of power-delivery assets.

Management consulting services

Frequently consulted for our experience in power-sector reform, institutional change, business strategy, and regulatory affairs, we’re your trusted advisors in all aspects of power transmission.

Asset management and operational performance

Our experts manage and assist with asset-management process reviews; audits and improvement plans; asset condition-assessment process development and studies; asset risk-assessment studies and risk-based investment plans; O&M process reviews and improvement plans; and feasibility studies.

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