Above Grade Analysis

Above Grade Analysis

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2839-7.ch012

Abstract

Generally, in order to build the initial substation for the wind turbines or any other renewable supply source, specific tasks are evaluated and subsequently allocated to the skilled personnel. The equipment installation varies tremendously as determined by the complexity of the work effort. Some electric utilities utilize a standard boilerplate for labor and cost whereas other entities rely on the most experienced planners and engineers to provide the most plausible estimates. However, the accuracy of the entire capital project cost estimates depends upon the process analysis data as an established baseline parameter. Once the major preliminary components (meteorology, public relations, electrical engineering studies, land issues, and civil engineering development) and pre-construction activities (negotiations with the wind turbine manufactures, contractor mobilization, and development of the environmental construction plan) are completed in a renewable energy capital project, the venture enters the execution phase. There are variations of the theme based on the grade conditions, remote locations, and the availability of assets. The resources at some locations may perform construction activities in sensitive areas where site-specific environmental procedures and/or best practices are strictly followed.

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