Stewart Substation to West Bay Substation

Stewart Substation to West Bay Substation Galveston, Texas This project included an accelerated schedule to perform SUE QL-B designation around 257 transmission poles spanning 14 miles. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM performed the work in four phases with multiple SUE crews and CADD teams working concurrently as data was uploaded from the field throughout the day. This challenging project was completed on time, but then the client wanted 160 SUE QL-A test holes in 21 locations in just two weeks. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM brought the full force of the company to sequence and coordinate the one-call, utility representatives, multiple vacuum trucks, 10 SUE crews, multiple survey crews, and a large group of CADD technicians from several Binkley & Barfield | DCCM departments. Further challenges were severe weather interruptions and soft ground conditions. This project demanded that everyone pull together and seamlessly work as a single team. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM delivered everything in the required time and within budget. The replacement poles were designed and ordered in time for the construction installation and Electric Reliability Council of Texas shutout.

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Moody Substation to Galveston Substation

Moody Substation to Galveston Substation Galveston, Texas This project was performed at Moody Gardens and required very careful sequencing and preparation so as not to affect their operations. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM performed SUE Quality Level B in and around 59 transmission poles, covering 2.64 miles, and provided vacuum excavation in an “X” pattern at the proposed pole locations (to be sure they were clear of all utilities). There were many water lines with no utility records and very heavy traffic. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM spent a lot of time inspecting the site, meeting with utility companies, and seeking utility records and maintenance records before beginning the work. We then coordinated with Moody Garden representatives, utility owners, and the City of Galveston to minimize any effect on the public and Moody Garden’s operation from the work, the required traffic control, and road closures. Thoughtful upfront planning and careful coordination resulted in this project’s successful completion without disrupting the public or Moody Gardens.

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FM 1097 Reconstruction, Segments 1, 2, and 3

FM 1097 Reconstruction, Segments 1, 2, and 3 Montgomery County/ TxDOT | Montgomery County, Texas This project was a joint effort between Montgomery County and TxDOT and involved widening an existing two-lane with dedicated left-turn lane road into a four-lane with dedicated left turn. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM was responsible for the identification of utilities, design coordination, permit and utility agreement review, and relocation oversight. Utility adjustments were needed for all utilities due to most right-of-way being taken on one side, and Binkley & Barfield | DCCM worked closely with right-of-way to prioritize parcel acquisitions so utilities could complete adjustments without delays. Utilities included Entergy, Kinder Morgan pipeline, CenterPoint Energy, numerous telecommunication lines, and City of Willis water and wastewater. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM worked with the design team to mitigate any utility conflicts that could be costly or would require a long lead time for adjustments. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM set up several utility workshops between the roadway design team, the utility owner, and the construction area office to work through the details to allow a pipeline to be protected in place and avoid a costly relocation. Other coordination efforts included working with the design team on the traffic control phasing to allow the utilities more time for adjustments while allowing the roadway contractor to continue working without delays.

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SH 288 Bridge Improvements

SH 288 Bridge Improvements TxDOT | Brazoria County, Texas TxDOT awarded a statewide indefinite deliverable contract for bridge engineering to Binkley & Barfield | DCCM for bridge engineering services. For work authorization no. 1, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM was awarded a project in Brazoria County to prepare plans, specifications, and estimates for bridges at three intersections along SH 288. The project required the design of new overpass structures at the intersection of SH 288 at CR 57 and CR 64, the widening of an existing structure at SH 288 and CR 56, and two frontage road creek-crossing bridges. The structural designs ranged from TxDOT standard multi-column TxGirders for stream crossing, green ribbon overpasses with U-beams and inverted tees with skews, to modified details with TxGirders. The designs dealt with utility conflicts, wetland and stream impacts, skews, and embankment settlement mitigation. We provided bridge layout plan sheets for each bridge and a comparative cost analysis. The team set bridge spans and limits for optimum beam design and vertical clearance. CR 57 Constructed new location CR 57 cross-street bridge (Binkley & Barfield | DCCM) Added ramps Added auxiliary lanes Constructed two frontage road bridges CR 64 Constructed new location CR 64 cross-street bridge (Binkley & Barfield | DCCM) Added ramps Added auxiliary lanes CR 56 Widened the existing CR 56 bridge (another consultant) Added frontage roads Added auxiliary lanes Design aspects of the project included survey, geotechnical, bridge design, roadway, drainage, environmental, and subsurface utility engineering. As prime provider of the project, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM held an e-mail version of the design concept conference prior to the 30% submittal. The project milestones were 30%, 60%, 90%, 95%, 100%, and final. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM’s engineers coordinated closely with the adjacent segment engineers to assure continuity of design across segment lines. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM presented several typical section options to TxDOT prior to beginning the design to ensure TxDOT needs were prioritized. The chosen roadway section included a 16-foot median, four 12-foot lanes, two 12-foot shoulders, and a 5-foot, 6-inch sidewalk with C223 rail. The overall roadway width is 103 feet. The project included the conversion of two-way frontage roads into one-way operations. The Binkley & Barfield | DCCM team used Atlas 14 to determine the width of the floodplain for the frontage road bridges over West Fork Chocolate Bayou at CR 57

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IH 35 at Ronald Reagan Boulevard Bridge

IH 35 at Ronald Reagan Boulevard Bridge Williamson County/TxDOT | Williamson County, Texas The project included schematic development and plans, specifications, and estimates for the realignment of Ronald Reagan Boulevard into a divided roadway with two one-way alignments and included the removal of the existing two-way bridge over IH 35, construction of two new one-way bridges over IH 35, while continuing to provide connectivity to CR 247 and CR 311. Ronald Reagan Boulevard improvements started 2,300 feet west of IH 35 and proceeded east to IH 35 and continued east for 500-feet. Beginning at CR 247, the new Ronald Reagan Boulevard tapers to a divided roadway (two lanes in each direction); one-way east and westbound alignments with paved shoulders. In the future, Ronald Reagan Boulevard will be widened to four lanes from SH 195 to CR 247, providing a major artery from Georgetown to IH 35. The project included new safety lighting, retaining walls on IH 35 for the new bridge abutments, construction of auxiliary lanes on IH 35 under the new bridges, and drainage improvements along Ronald Reagan Boulevard, the frontage roads, and IH 35 mainlanes. The offset distance between the east and westbound alignment of Ronald Reagan Boulevard also provided an adequate span for future freeway construction and additional widening of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Public involvement, utility coordination, private land and business owner, City of Jarrell, emergency service providers, TxDOT, Williamson County, Federal Highway Administration, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and other stakeholder coordination was an important key to project success.

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Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control, Multiple Channel Improvements, and Bridge Replacements

Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control, Multiple Channel Improvements, and Bridge Replacements Harris County Flood Control District | Houston, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM was contracted by HCFCD to provide engineering services for three separate projects for Brays Bayou. Channel Modifications, Discrete Segment 109 – Binkley & Barfield | DCCM evaluated the impact of the proposed channel widening to the existing foundation of eight bridges. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM also designed the soil nail and gravity retaining walls to protect the bridge abutments and stabilized the bayou banks. Additional services included preparing a structural analysis of the proposed walls per Harris County Flood Control District criteria, plans, specifications, and estimates, force mains relocation design, relocation and replacement of existing storm sewer flap gate boxes, and an updated evaluation of the previous IH 610 bridge engineering report. Services also included an alternative final design, evaluation of existing bridge foundations capacity, and a recommendation on soil excavation impact. Construction cost: $11 million Telephone Road, Lawndale Street, South 75th Street, and Almeda Road Bridge Replacements – Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided preliminary and final design and bid and construction phase services for the replacement of the four bridges. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM investigated the site, researched record drawings and existing utilities, and performed a topographic survey of the existing channel and bridges to supplement data. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM assisted with the coordination for lane configurations and sidewalk width to determine typical bridge sections and prepared exhibits showing alternatives for each bridge. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM prepared traffic control plans, local drainage design, stormwater pollution prevention plan, a drainage area map, hydraulic calculations, and drainage standards. Construction cost: $23 million Stella Link Road and Ardmore Street Bridge Replacements – Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided the design, coordination, scheduling, and plans, specifications, and estimates for the replacement of the existing Ardmore Street bridge and addition of a new span to the Stella Link Road bridge. The project increased the hydraulic capacity of Brays Bayou by expanding the cross-sectional area under the bridges. The new bridge at Ardmore Street provided a U-turn, wider lanes, and sidewalks for community connectivity. The project included a compressed schedule to meet federal funding requirements, environmental issues, and utility.

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Addicks Substation Telecommunications Site Elevated Platform

Addicks Substation Telecommunications Site Elevated Platform Houston, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM performed civil/structural and telecommunications engineering and designed a telecommunications site with an elevated platform for a 10-foot by 12-foot telecommunications shelter on an elevated 22-foot by 36-foot by 12-foot-high structural steel platform. The scope of work included the engineering and design of the telecommunications site and the creation of site plans, fiber route plan and profiles, plans of the telecommunications shelter, generator, propane tank, ice bridge connection to the tower, fiber route, and electrical power conduit connections.  We provided design from the telecommunications shelter to the substation control rooms, existing backbone fiber ring connections passing through the substation to insert the telecommunications site onto the network, completing telecommunications-specific power designs for generators, UPS, battery, charger, loading, grounding, breaker panel, wire and fuse sizing, all applicable calculations, etc. Our team provided the appropriate hardware to the client’s design standards.  The project included complete grounding and bonding design for the ground ring, creating site plans, grounding system plans and details for the elevated platform, telecommunications shelter, equipment, and tower in compliance with CenterPoint Energy, manufacturer, and industry standards. The design of the structural steel and concrete engineering and foundation included structural engineering, design, and calculations for concrete pier foundation supports and reinforcement, structural steel fabrication drawings, isometric platform drawings, stairs, and handrails.

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Fiber Audit Documentation

Fiber Audit Documentation Denton County | Denton County, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM performed a fiber audit for Denton County’s single-mode fiber network, including auditing splice enclosure configurations, fiber patch panel configurations, and fiber-optic cable routing. The project involved over 70 miles of fiber audits with field verification to document patch panel and splice enclosure configurations. Our team provided GIS Esri work to update the Denton County Crescent Link Database with the fiber audit information for the splice enclosure and patch panel configuration documentation.

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Aerial Fiber Route Deign Verification and Documentation

Aerial Fiber Route Design Verification and Documentation Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, and Waller Counties, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM performed an aerial fiber route as-built field survey to verify that the fiber route was installed according to design at the correct attachment height. We obtained and documented the heights of all telecommunications cables and electrical conductors in a database spreadsheet. We analyzed the field data for compliance with the design. We created a pass/fail analysis indicating which fiber attachments complied with the design and the National Electrical Safety Code® clearance standards. Our team determined which fiber attachments failed and did not comply with the design and National Electrical Safety Code® clearance standards.

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US 59 South Reconstruction

US 59 South Reconstruction TxDOT | Rosenburg, Texas Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided construction management, utility coordination, and roadway/utility inspection services for the construction and inspection of US 59 South from west of SH 762 to west of FM 2759 in Richmond. The transformation of the roadway included the widening of US 59 from a four-lane rural freeway to an eight-lane freeway with a two-way high occupancy vehicle and improved frontage roads. Also included in this project were the upgrades of grading, cement-treated base, concrete pavement, a computer transportation management system, bridges, a storm drain, signing, pavement marking, lighting, and traffic signals. Binkley & Barfield | DCCM provided support with inspection of substructure and super structures on this project. Binkley & Barfield also assigned utility inspectors to verify the proposed alignment of utility relocation and monitor the installation of the utilities by working closely with owners and assigned subcontractors to verify that the proposed utilities were placed per the approved plan and profile.

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