Ampirical team members will be presenting at Electric Utility Cost Estimating 2018. This collaborative event will take place June 25-27, at the InterContinental in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Despite the continuous demand for generation, substation, and T&D construction in the power industry, utilities and their partners have yet to optimize estimating methods or gain a strong understanding of each other’s processes.

However, change is imminent. Utilities are now setting up dedicated estimating departments. Technology advances are changing the way you work. Historical data is being further utilized to improve accuracy of conceptual estimates and reduce risk. It’s more important than ever to benchmark ideas and explore how to get the most from your team.

Electric Utility Cost Estimating 2018 will bring together utilities, engineering firms and contractors for the first time to share best practices and foster common understanding throughout the estimation, bid and review process.

Ampirical team members will be presenting at the following sessions:

Conference Day One | Tuesday, June 26 | Improving the Quality of Pre-Construction Documents

11:20 AM | Establishing Processes to Improve the Detail and Scope of Designs & Engineering Documents to Better Inform Estimates | Kurt Traub, VP Transmission & Distribution Line Engineering, Ampirical

  • Understanding the detail and scope required by contractors to more accurately estimate projects
  • Encouraging the early input of Contractors and Engineers in the role of design scope and standards during the planning process to improve quality and constructability of designs
  • Improving the speed and accuracy of producing a bill of materials early on in the design process to give the contractor a better understanding of project scope

12:00 PM | CASE STUDY: Exploring the Use of BIM in Substation, Transmission & Distribution Design | Jeff Spence, VP Substation Engineering, Ampirical

  • Exploring the role of 3D modeling as a visual aid to develop awareness of estimators and engineers of project scope
  • Demonstrating the practical application and benefits of leveraging BIM technology on substation construction projects
  • Exploring ways to streamline design updates between the Utility, Engineer and contractor to inform real-time estimates and future bid quality

Conference Day One | Tuesday, June 26 | Forecasting the Future of the Electric Utility Market

3:10 PM | PANEL: Analysing Future Trends & Forecasts for the Electric Utility Industry | Jackie Becker, Manager of Cost Engineering & Project Controls, Ameren; Kurt Traub, VP Transmission & Distribution Line Engineering, Ampirical

  • Discussing the direction of the construction market for Utilities in the next 2-3 years, and the expected long-range distribution between substation and T&D projects
  • Exploring technologies that will change project design and scope, and potentially reduce the cost of construction
  • Reviewing developments across other markets to identify applicable lessons and potential future changes for the construction of electrical utility projects

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