- Substation Security Program
Burns & McDonnell managed a groundbreaking substation security program for a major utility in the Southern U.S. The objective of the program was to deter acts of terrorism and potential harm to critical equipment within substations by hardening substation perimeters.
We provided program and project management, detailed design, permitting and logistical services for multiple substation hardening projects utilizing Betafence’s Guardian 7000 platform in multiple states. We were deeply rooted in the process for several types of sites throughout the program. We helped develop specifications, select vendors, create standard design details and calculation packages to be used at numerous sites and provided conceptual designs and reviews to establish a scope of work for each site based on current conditions and client needs.
Installation of a hardened perimeter can affect the functionality and safety of existing substations and associated transmission elements. To determine these impacts, we gathered survey data to evaluate clearances, developed topographic maps and site plans, and established perimeter heights. Once the information was collected, the details for the design and fabrication were delivered to the manufacturer. We provided the security plan and interfaces to the substation, along with any modifications to the substation and/or transmission elements.
Each substation security project presented unique and challenging permitting necessities. We worked alongside the client’s permitting teams, governmental services and communication teams to successfully acquire the required permits for each station. The challenges encountered for this program have ranged from text amendments and variances on ordinances to major site plan submittals and public hearings. Our permitting solutions included preparing 3-D renderings of security upgrades, additions of tall communication towers to support the need for redundant paths, unique stormwater management designs, writing new text amendments for limiting municipality requirements, and conducting public meetings to engage with project stakeholders and manage expectations. Our collaborative approach has provided the foundation for a successful program.
- Program management
- Coordination meetings between all parties
- Acquisition of survey data
- Review and complete permitting requirements
- Design and compile all civil/site work
- Determine allowable fence height based on developed clearance reports
- Analyze, evaluate and design required substation and transmission line changes
- Construction support
- Installed 8.75 miles of security fencing
- Installed 4.25 miles of anti-ramming systems
- Installed more than 5,000 foundations