Cost Estimating Methodologies for Substations and Transmission Projects
June 20-21, 2018
Denver, CO

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Throughout North America, the need for new utility projects is projected to grow to improve electricity delivery, increase capacities, improve reliability, and meet new standards associated with incorporating renewable energy generation into the smart grid.

In order to effectively utilize allocated and dedicated funding, it is critical for utilities, developers, sub-contractors, project managers, and suppliers to fully understand efficient utility project cost estimation, as this new infrastructure has substantial costs and risks associated with each project. In fact, new overhead transmission lines can cost $1 million or more per mile. The process of building transmission level projects often takes many years even in the most streamlined process.

In this course, attendees will recognize the critical components to consider in a transmission project estimate. Key components of the course include all factors that impact the final cost of building this infrastructure, including permitting and siting, materials and engineering, construction, and project management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss utility project planning process and budget considerations utilizing industry samples of typical industry projects
  2. Discuss the environmental and siting processes and the impact on schedules and costs
  3. Analyze engineering, material cost, and construction considerations for transmission lines and substations
  4. Compare and contrast contracting methods to include design-bid-build vs. OE/EPC
  5. Identify strategies to mitigate risks across the spectrum of project types and sizes



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Session I: Costs for Major Utility Projects: Substations, Overhead Transmission, and Underground Transmission

Group discussion of major components, including materials and construction

Project Begins at the Substation

  • Planning
  • Site development
  • Conduit & grounding plan
  • Foundations
  • Materials
  • Substation bus
  • Conductor/cables Overhead

Transmission Lines

  • Plan & profile
  • Staking
  • Foundations
  • Structures
  • Hardware

Underground Transmission Lines

  • Plan & profile
  • Duct bank
  • Line splice and pull-through vault
  • Line cable
  • Line substation riser details

Session II: Permitting, Siting, and Right of Way Considerations and Costs

  • Overview of Environmental Siting process
  • Potential impacts to project timelines and costs
  • Urban vs Rural Considerations
  • Construction Considerations
  • Strategies to minimize schedule obstacles

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Session III: Utility Cost Estimation Process

  • Developing budget parameters and the project plan
  • Utility estimate components
  • Cost estimating best practices during the project life cycle
  • Cost Reference development
  • Risk Management
  • Expected accuracy ranges
  • Measuring performance
  • Project cost estimate example

Session IV: Methods of Contracting

  • Identify common types of contracts and contract delivery methods and understand the risks and advantages and disadvantages associated with each:
  • Fixed price/Lump sum
  • Cost plus
  • Time and material
  • Traditional arrangement/Design-bid-build
  • EPC arrangements and Risk Management
  • Open book EPC variations
  • Impacts to Construction Process

Session V: Project Cost Estimate Case Study

Class exercise to estimate major categories of project costs compared to actual costs on two real life projects.




Sheraton Denver Tech Center
7007 S Clinton St
Denver, CO 80112

To reserve your room, please call 1-303-799-6200
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $149.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 18 – 20, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to June 4, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, June 01, 2018
Standard RateAttendees
Cost Estimating Methodologies for Substations and Transmission ProjectsUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

This event has the following related events:

Fundamentals of Electricity TransmissionUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 18, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800