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(CSC-1430) Developing a Project Control System for a Transmission Grid

Primary Author: Mr Vidya C Dixit CCE PSP

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2013 AACE International Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: "The renewable energy initiative in California has attracted large scale development of solar, wind and geothermal farms due to both increasing energy demands as well as governmental pressure to meet clean energy goals. Massive infrastructure investment from local utility companies includes constructing new transmission lines and substations along with upgrading existing facilities that will connect these power sources to the grid. Compounding short construction schedules to meet customer need dates are ambitious procurement schedules and a lengthy environmental licensing process often spanning multiple agencies.

The paper presents the efforts involved in developing a project control system for a capital investment program to build an electric transmission system. The data referenced profiles an ongoing transmission and distribution project. This includes challenges in developing a master integrated schedule (MIS) as well as an integrated reporting and analysis platform to manage the project scope, schedule, cost, contractor schedules, procurement, quality and resources. Additionally, earned value and performance metrics were implemented to provide an early warning system of potential issues and manage the completion of the project."