By - Jon Brown

Cost Estimating Methodologies for Substations and Transmission Projects
June 25-26, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Fundamentals of Electricity Transmission, June 24-25, 2019 in Denver, CO

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



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

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.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

registration12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

timing1:00 – 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

meal8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

timing8:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

lunch12:00 – 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.


Jay Turner, EIT, PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt
Project Controls Major Projects Advisor, Southern California Edison

Jay Turner has fifteen years of cost estimating, project management, root cause analysis, and process improvement experience in the utility, accounting, and consulting industries. He currently estimates and tracks project costs for transmission, substation, and generation projects for Southern California Edison. Jay has been certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute and a Six Sigma Green Belt by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He earned his M.B.A. and M.S. Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Ed Weber, Senior Transmission Planning Advisor/Project Manager, HDR Engineering Inc.

Ed Weber is a senior electrical engineer with 35 years of experience in power system analysis and planning throughout the upper Midwest region. He has extensive experience in power system reliability and modeling, power flow and stability analysis, and transmission tariff process and generator interconnections. He has served on several national and regional work groups associated with the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool, Midwest Reliability Organization, the North American Reliability Corp, and the Western Electric Coordinating Council.

Ed’s experience includes over 30 years of management of large power facility projects requiring coordination of project planning, design, and environmental activities; coordination of consultant activities; coordination of regulatory and contractual activities; interfacing with the developers and transmission owners and operators; and preparation of reports.

During his 30 year career at Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), he supervised a diverse staff of professional engineers and was responsible for all facets of power system planning and operational support. Ed directed the initial NERC Standards and Compliance program for WAPA, Upper Great Plains Region; as well as coordinating the tariff revisions necessary to comply with FERC Order 890 – Large Generator Interconnection. Since coming to HDR Engineering, Ed has worked on several large renewable energy projects along with numerous planning studies.


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