Black & Veatch exceeded client expectations throughout the project by utilizing a variety of unique tools to improve the performance of the project team and to facilitate effective communication. During inspection of the existing conditions at the gates, Black & Veatch used iPads to document inspection information while rappelling off the dam, and final as-repaired information. The field notes were then immediately updated via iCloud, and in-office Black & Veatch engineers quickly made use of the information to update structural models. The Black & Veatch team also provided a highly-qualified and professionally certified team to perform important safety inspections and protocols, which were vital to the effective completion of this project. With a team of professionals certified in using rope inspection techniques, weld inspection and construction site safety protocols, an existing condition 3-D structural model was developed to demonstrate the structural integrity of the gates. Results from this analysis were then used to identify repairs and rank these repairs in order of importance. A future condition 3-D structural model was also developed to demonstrate the improvement in structural integrity with damages repaired. "I want to thank everyone for all of the hard work getting the IFC (issued for construction drawings) approved, which was a difficult and challenging hurdle. I wanted you guys to know that out of the six dam projects, the Ft. Randall IFC is the first and only on approved. Great job!" Kevin Guth, Project Manager, Royal Bridge, Inc., 11 March 2014 Related Insights The Evolution of Project Delivery: The How and Why The sweeping survey that underpins Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report sharpens the focus on a power industry at a pivotal time of change punctuated by increasingly popular, clean renewable energy sources and a murky regulatory climate. The Data to Water Connection The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources As the nexus of water and "new energy" becomes more common in the water sector's lexicon, Black & Veatch's 2019 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey shows that water and wastewater plant operators are embracing "master plans" meant to optimize their energy use. Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? Unprecedented floodwaters submerged farmlands, wastewater plants and federal Superfund cleanup sites, and more than a million private wells from the Canadian border south to Kentucky were threatened with chemicals, sewage and pathogens. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Black & Veatch, Coalition Donate Electric Resiliency to Hurricane-Affected Puerto Rico School, Saving it in the Process A coalition led by Black & Veatch donated tens of thousands of dollars in technology along with the manpower to provide a new, solar-driven power source for the SU Manuel Ortiz in Yabucoa, ground zero of Hurricane Maria. Shell Microgrid Doubles as Research Lab for Testing New Energy Solutions Black & Veatch designed, procured and constructed a microgrid for Shell, which is using it to generate power while it also serves as a working test lab to explore advancements in renewable energy. Client Removes Transmission Lines with Minimal Disruption to Auto, Train Traffic Below The United Illuminating Company needed to replace existing transmission line conductors located on 100-year-old lattice towers built on a historic railroad bridge, hiring Black & Veatch as the EPC contractor. Redevelopment and Restoration of Abandoned Industrial Site Brings Back Native Wildlife Black & Veatch partnered with the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to go beyond their initial cleanup assignment to develop a solution that focuses on long-term sustainability and natural resource management for all living creatures in the Yorklyn Valley region.