The Next Generation Electric Utility 2.0

by Ahsan Upal July 20, 2016

The way we get power to our homes and businesses is changing. And while our dependence on local power utilities for our supply of electricity will not change, one thing that will is the level and type of services the utilities provide us. The steady flow of power supply we’ve come to expect will soon […]

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Developing a Safety Culture Enhances Business Performance

by Jamie Butler July 18, 2016

It was 1985.  We were setting the steel for a deep caisson foundation for large transmission poles on the edge of a major — and dry — riverbank and the foreman was a wreck. The crane was undersized; the ground was unstable; the 60-foot rebar cage was being threaded into the cased excavation, displacing small […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Physical Security Controls

by Michael C. Johnson July 14, 2016

In this seventh blog installment on NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the physical security controls necessary for successfully implementing these BCS requirements. What’s Covered CIP-003-6, Requirement R2, Attachment 1, Section 2 — indicates that physical security must be applied to the BCS requirements and any Low Impact BCS Electronic […]

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Erosion Presents Growing Risk to Pipeline Infrastructure

by Rick Besancon July 13, 2016

All around the United States, a hidden danger lies in channels and waterways — natural gas pipelines exposed by erosion and channel degradation. All it takes is a single heavy branch carried along by rushing water to cause a rupture, resulting in the potential loss of life and property in populated areas. With tens of […]

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Waterline Replacement: Trenchless Technologies Can Minimize Community Disruption

by Mike Lehrburger July 11, 2016

Trenchless technologies are emerging solutions for installing, replacing, repairing and restoring underground utilities. As the ever-present demand for reliable water resources continues to grow, and our existing infrastructure continues to age, communities are turning to trenchless technologies to improve their water infrastructure with minimal disruption to the community. Here’s a look at how our team […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Electronic Access Controls

by Michael C. Johnson July 7, 2016

In this sixth blog installment on successfully implementing the NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the requirements for electronic access controls. What’s Required CIP-003-6, Requirement R2, Attachment 1, Section 2 — the Electronic Access Controls section of the CIP requirements — indicates that a facility, or BES asset, with Low […]

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