Critical Asset Assessment & Strategy Development

Client: California-based utility
Completion Date: Ongoing
Location: California


Burns & McDonnell is conducting general security, regulatory security and threat vector specific assessments at electrical substations and gas facilities. This project includes interfacing with corporate security to determine and refine active and identified threats that could manifest and impact the utility, coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, and development of recommendations to reduce the likelihood of success or diminish the potential impact were the threats to materialize. The project included qualitative lighting surveys, a review of the security technology in place, policies and procedures, security protective force post orders, line-of-site assessments, organizational controls and nearby crime data.

This project also includes the identification of the appropriate security measures at each location, the gaps between current and appropriate, and an implementation plan in report format with a security improvement roadmap.


  • Multicampus lighting survey and evaluation
  • Site-specific security technology benchmarking assessment
  • Policies and procedures review
  • Security planning
  • Security program standard development
  • Security protective force assessment
  • Site-specific threat protection evaluation


  • Threat and security assessments
  • Site-specific protection evaluations
  • Stakeholder workshops and interviews
  • Security standard development
  • Security assessment of buildings and grounds
  • Lighting surveys and recommendations
  • Physical security electronic systems
  • Multisite security system integration
  • NERC considerations
  • TSA gas security requirements

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Keegan Odle Substation Projects Director 816-823-7087
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