Cost Estimating Methodologies for Substations and Transmission Projects
December 12-13, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

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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 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.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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.


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

Ed Weber is a senior electrical engineer with over 35 years of experience in power system analysis and planning throughout the US. He has extensive experience in power system reliability compliance, and system modeling; power flow and stability analysis; transmission tariff process and generator interconnections. Ed’s experience includes over 30 years of management of large power 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 technical reports. He has supervised a diverse staff of professional engineers and was responsible for all facets of power system planning and operational support across the country. Since coming to HDR Engineering, Ed has worked on several large transmission and generation projects along with conducting numerous planning and interconnection studies for a long list of clients.

Trooper Shaw, HDR Constructors, Inc.

Trooper Shaw is the electrical estimating supervisor for HDR Constructors in Kansas City, MO. He has more than 40 years of construction experience and possesses strong skills in field project management, detailed and conceptual estimating, functional scheduling, cost monitoring, change management, and purchasing.

While at HDR, besides the estimating function, Trooper has managed 18 projects with a total value over $ 40,313,337.00. These projects were completed in 848 construction days with  97,894 hours of construction man hours expended with no injuries reported.


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Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $229.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of December 10 – 12, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to November 27, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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