Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Cost Estimating Methodologies for Substations and Transmission Projects
December 13-14, 2018 | Newport Beach, CA

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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 1.1 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.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

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.

Aleksandr Rysin

Engineering Manager/Project Manager, HDR Engineering Inc.

Aleksandr Rysin is a consulting electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the electric utility sector.  He is an Engineering Manager, Team Leader, and Project Manager at HDR Engineering, Inc. who is responsible for a variety system protection and studies projects on generation, transmission, and distribution.  He has in depth experience with substation and power plant design, protective relaying, SCADA and communication systems, and special studies including Arc Flash and co-generation interconnections.  He has an extensive experience in system protective including field testing and commissioning of relay systems. 

Aleksandr ‘s expertise also includes preliminary design, station layout, detailed electrical design, relay and controls, SCADA/SER/HMI systems, project cost estimates, preparation of equipment and material specifications, construction specifications, bid evaluations, vendor submittal review, and internal design reviews (quality control).

During the 13 year career at Southern California Edison (SCE), he worked in protection engineering department in T&D organizations and supervised a diverse staff of professional engineers in Generation organization.  Aleksandr worked on implementation and executions of NERC Standards and Compliance in Generation organization at SCE.

Aleksandr holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from California State University Los Angeles, an MS in Leadership and Management from University of La Verne, and Project Management Certification from University of California Irvine. He holds California PE license.


Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

4500 MacArthur Blvd

Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of December 11 – 13, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to November 21, 2018.




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