Power and Utility Design Services

Design Management

By leveraging technology tools like 3D modeling and reality capture, our team can partner with internal or external engineering resources to streamline the design process, cutting costs, and accelerating project timelines. By designing in 3D, design reviews can be explored virtually in 3D, and design challenges can be solved in real-time with all project stakeholders visualizing the design and its challenges. This design paradigm has been shown to decrease design time and dollars by 25% and reduce overall construction costs by 8-10%. This is made possible by the robustness of 2D documentation that comes out of the 3D model, and the ability for all project stakeholders to visualize the design throughout the design life cycle. This process is valid regardless of the project scope. The project scope could be a greenfield substation, small existing site expansion, or even control house reconfigurations. vScenario’s design management services will ensure that projects are delivered on budget and on time

Overhead Line Investigation

The status quo for inspecting and investigating overhead lines is the expensive, ineffective, and dangerous use of helicopters with handwritten notes from an inspector. vScenario is redefining this process using state of the art tools and a phased strategic approach to overhead line inspection. 

We start with a macro inspection with a flight from a fixed-wing, crewed aircraft outfitted with a LiDAR scanner and multiple high-resolution cameras on a proprietary gimble. This is very fast, non-invasive, and can provide a great base-line data set to decide which towers need further investigation with a drone. The second phase uses drones for up-close photography of

towers identified in the phase I analysis. The high-fidelity imagery from a drone can inform maintenance personnel of precisely what they need to tackle and the priority order.

All of this data is visualized in a proprietary web-based viewing portal called vCapture so that maintenance personnel, managers, PMs, etc. can visualize the highly organized data in one platform.

Virtual Safety and Training

Scientific studies on human cognition have revealed that human beings learn best and fastest by immersion. By placing 3D substation models in a virtual reality engine, users can virtually explore an exact digital replica of a substation without ever physically being in harm's way.

Our team models the facility and develops a virtual environment, partnering with utility safety, and training personnel to improve the training curriculum and protocols. The virtual environment can be used for emergency response training, safety hazard training, and contractor onboarding. Imagine presenting an emergency response employee with a specific scenario that they could train for virtually with quantitative scoring and simulated duress. Imagine if new hires could validate classroom safety training by virtually exploring a substation and identifying virtual hazards before ever setting foot on a substation. Imagine if contractors with planned

projects could virtually explore a digital twin of a site with their team to discuss safety, logistics, material staging, parking, and project sequencing.