The utility industry for the most part has not had many changes for decades when it comes to engineering and information provided to build transmission and distribution lines. Most lines have a life cycle of 40-50 years with regular maintenance. The issues arise due to the lack of record-keeping and red line drawings to capture changes made during its life cycle.

To confront these challenges successfully, the industry must go through a change in mindset to use the latest technologies hardly used in our industry. The use of electronic IFC packages, along with cloud servers and tablets, can make a big difference to increase efficiency.

Guest

Jay Shah, began his career in 2008 as a Transmission Line Design Engineer for a major utility in Southeast Louisiana. At this utility, he worked on several design projects ranging from 69-500kV and gaining valuable experience in project engineering. Furthermore, Jay was involved in material testing of rock anchors for special application and initiating use of PLS-CADD. Jay received his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University, India and a Master’s in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction and Project Management from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Jay joined Ampirical in 2012 and has been part of multiple projects with varied project delivery strategies. Jay is a certified Project Management Professional and EIT license holder. He has been involved with scoping, estimating, planning and executing EPC projects which has helped him understand the challenges and opportunities involved with the use of current technology. Jay along with two other colleagues came up with the idea of Power-View and has been involved since day 1 of its creation. Jay has presented and discussed Power-View with several industry peers and colleagues and has received positive feedback over its concept.

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