Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Peterson Power Provides Project Management and Engineering for Projects Big and Small, from Start to Finish!

In 2009, the single largest piece of gear that Peterson Power Systems ever sold was delivered: a fully self contained electrical switchgear building measuring over fifty feet long, sixteen feet wide, and sixteen feet tall. The unit weighed nearly one hundred thousand pounds, and was the primary piece of equipment in a multimillion dollar electrical upgrade project for the City of San Francisco’s Water Department.

Naturally, equipment this big doesn’t just walk itself onto a site. Before this unit arrived on the job, its contract was received (with all Ts crossed and Is dotted), the terms and conditions of the job were thoroughly negotiated, work schedules were reviewed and accepted… And then the whole thing was sent to upper management for approval. Finally, with ink dry on all the necessary signatures, the job was handed to the Project Management team. This was when the fun started.

Beginning in March 2009, the Project Management team worked to get the project off the ground. This meant organizing engineering meetings, visiting the site, and preparing preliminary coordination and arc flash hazard study reports.

A project of this magnitude calls for us to create many documents, both electronically and in print; the submittal review and approval process of these documents begins early in the project’s life and can continue right to the point of delivery. Several meetings with the customer and vendors help to expedite the process and reduce the paper volleys.

In any project, this portion of the job keeps the Project Managers and Project Engineers fully engaged until all questions are answered and all submittals approved. This project relied heavily on guidance from our now retired Chief Engineer Steve Cushman. In mid-June 2009, the customer’s equipment was released for production.

Part of the Project Management team’s job is to monitor production of the gear to insure an on-time delivery, avoid any liquidated damages, and arrange shipments to packagers as needed. As you can probably imagine, this requires constant vigilance with our vendors.

In the months that followed the initial release for production of the equipment, the team made numerous trips to various manufacturers around the country to observe testing of the unit’s components: In September, we visited a factory in Bland, VA with the customer to witness a test of the system’s utility tie 15kv transformer. Later in September, we joined the customer for a visit to a factory in Portland, OR to witness testing of the system’s utility tie 15kv switchgear. Also in September, we went to Atlanta, GA with the customer to witness a test of the unit’s paralleling switchgear (and flew into Atlanta during a major storm and flood!) Returning from Atlanta we stopped in Houston, TX (without the customer this time) to inspect the enclosure manufacturer’s progress and arrange shipment of paralleling switchgear and other components to the packager. Finally, in November, we returned to Houston with the customer to witness a test of the finished product.

On December 7, 2009, the unit was ready to ship; however, due to its size, it required a special permit and Highway Patrol escort through each state to travel from Houston to San Leandro. The five-state, 1,900-mile trip took two weeks of travel (at restricted speeds and hours of operation). The project management team monitored the truck’s route and progress on a daily basis.

The unit was delivered to Bigge Crane yard and reloaded for delivery to the customer’s site on December 21. The customer inspected it at Bigge on the 22nd, and was delivered on December 27—four days ahead of our December 31 deadline. Considering all the potential for delays in manufacturing and transportation, four days of breathing room was still cutting it close.

With the primary scope of the project completed, a substantial amount of upgrade modifications to the existing generators was completed by our Service Department over the next year. Throughout this entire process, the Project Management team kept detailed records of any changes made to the system, and provided the customer complete operation and maintenance manuals for everything Peterson Power Systems provided them.

Even in today’s electronic age the job isn’t finished until the paperwork is done—and, as you can see, the Project Management team will be involved from start to finish!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Product Link Capabilities Include Mobile Application and Productivity Functionality

Source: cat.com

Caterpillar recently announced the availability of a new version of VisionLink: version 2.7. VisionLink is the Trimble-powered software that interfaces with Product Link, the performance and maintenance monitoring system installed on many Cat machines. Updates to VisionLink in version 2.7 include a multi-platform mobile user interface, a payload-tracking system for wheel loaders and off-highway trucks, and the ability to schedule automated delivery of VisionLink reports.

The new Vision Link mobile application is available for the iOS, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows mobile operating systems. It allows users to view the location of Product Link-equipped assets on a map, track scheduled services for their equipment, view fault codes and open alerts, and access idle, working and runtime… All through their smartphone!

Vision Link 2.7 also includes a payloadmonitoring system for wheel loaders and off-highway trucks equipped with payload-management systems capable of interacting with Vision Link. Managers of these machines can now use Vision Link to remotely monitor information such as total payload moved per day and total payload per hour and per unit of fuel. This new integration adds to VisionLink’s current productivity capabilities, which include the ability to track load counts and cycle times based on switch and machine movement input, as well as advanced integration with onboard grade control systems to enable detailed monitoring of earthmoving, grading and finishing projects.

Finally, version 2.7 of VisionLink now provides users the ability to schedule delivery of daily, weekly and monthly reports in advance. These reports are delivered via email to email addresses prespecified by the fleet management.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Join us at EUCI Oil and Gas Conference

Peterson Power will be at the EUCI conference in Dallas, TX on June 24-25, 2013. The title of this year’s conference is “Supplying Electricity for Oil and Gas Operations,” and the event will feature talks on latest power solutions available to oil and gas producers. Peterson will be extending a 15% discount on registration fees to its clients.

As a provider of rental and refurbished Solar turbines - and Cat natural gas generator sets - Peterson Power will be at this year’s conference to discuss mobile power units to meet the needs of the oil and gas sector. As a total solutions provider, Peterson has extensive experience in designing and engineering power projects in the remote locations that are often the sites of natural gas and oil extraction. We offer a range of services such as turbine rental, transportation, setup, training, fuel handling.

Join us at the conference to learn more. If you are a Peterson Power client and would like to receive a 15% discount on your registration fee, contact Vern Booth at cvbooth@petersonpower.com 

Or learn more about Peterson’s power solutions at http://bit.ly/ZVA3Cm