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Crockett Substation Distribution Development Plan and Internal Request

Crockett Substation Distribution Development Plan and Internal Request Houston, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided engineering and design for the Crockett Substation. The design of 25,000 feet of new build circuit and upgrades to the existing overhead facilities. This included multiple terminal poles, capacitor banks, and pole top switches that were all done in highly congested areas with limited space and clearances. Several places required circuits to be built double-stacked due to limited space in the established commercial and residential areas. In addition, the plan included six railroad crossings that must meet strict clearance and enhanced building requirements. Three of these crossings required the use of load-bearing concrete poles, and two of these were double-circuit crossings. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided engineering and design of the Internal Request (ILRT) work inside the substation yard to convert the outdated Crockett substation to a low-profile design. In doing so, our design team had to relocate existing escapes out of the way to build the new low-profile substation. This all had to be done while keeping the circuits energized. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM came up with the most efficient action plan. After many field meetings where our staff represented the client’s Overhead department for this project, we designed and engineered four overhead and six terminal pole work orders and provided consulting for the entirety of this project. We had to relocate circuits CR01 through CR06 and coordinate our work with the substation, transmission, and MUG engineering.

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Downtown Underground Transmission Duct Bank Installation

Downtown Underground Transmission Duct Bank Installation Houston, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided engineering and construction support services for the design of a 138 kilovolt transmission duct bank to replace the existing aging oil-filled facilities that serve the growing and highly congested Downtown and Midtown areas of Houston. More than 12,600 linear feet of underground transmission duct back was designed to connect three critical substations that serve these areas. The design included installations within existing substation facilities along and across TxDOT right-of-way, through the St. Joseph Medical Center, in front of the Toyota Center, and under the METRORail Red Line. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM worked with the client to optimize the duct bank configuration and layout to maximize the construction and operation methods’ efficiencies. Specialized planning and equipment were utilized by Binkley & Barfield | DCCM to accommodate two horizontal directional drilling drills in very restrictive, narrow, and congested areas of the project. Professional services included engineering analysis and design, topographic survey, signed and sealed plan and profile drawings, traffic control plans, construction method solutions, conflict resolutions, utility research, coordination and permitting (with TxDOT, City of Houston, and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County [METRO]), signed and sealed as-built plans, geotechnical services, and construction phase support. All the designs were in accordance with the client’s standards and specifications and federal, state, and municipal requirements.

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Transmission Counterpoise Project Along Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

Transmission Counterpoise Project Along Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Montgomery County, Texas With a growing concerns of the effects of the electromagnetic fields generated by the overhead electric transmission lines onto the rails of the tracks managed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM was selected to design and coordinate with the client and Burlington Northern Santa Fe for the installation of a counterpoise system designed to neutralize the electromagnetic fields for 12 miles of paralleling tracks and a 345-kilovolt transmission line.  This counterpoise system was composed of four 500 MCM buried bare copper cables along Burlington Northern Santa Fe right-of-way, two on each side, installed at a strategic distance from the tracks which would provide optimal efficiency of its purpose.  Binkley & Barfield | DCCM developed detailed construction drawings for the installation of the cables which included horizontal directional drill, railroad plow and open trench. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM acquired all the necessary permits from the County, TxDOT, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

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