VIDEO: Measuring Network Health × Smart Grid Technologies Together with PSE&G engineers, Black & Veatch developed solutions by using tools already in use at PSE&G. This solution provided PSE&G with an asset health tool that utilizes smart grid technologies through the network, including redundant high-speed communications channels. The program included the upgrade of more than 200 transformer vaults with fiber communication and SCADA equipment. This provided remote monitoring of transformers and fault indicators, as well as control of network protector relays. The project also included the deployment of redundant fiber communication networks to all vaults. Black & Veatch was able to leverage its telecommunications and network services team to provide network design oversight. The system allows the PSE&G operations department to remotely monitor the configuration and load on the network, and proactively take steps to prevent network outages or failures. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights 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. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Designing Mines with Water in Mind Climate change, a growing global population and accelerating urbanization are deepening concern over the world’s water security. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources. Related Project Stories Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Holistic Public Safety Radio and P25 System Upgrade Brings Long-Term Value Lake County, Illinois, partnered with Black & Veatch to assess, evaluate and develop their P25 radio system. Consolidated Network Improves Communications for Baltimore County Agencies Baltimore County, Maryland combined existing public safety and public works radio systems to improve communications capabilities for all County departments. Shared Land Mobile Radio Solution Saves $2 Million Rockwall County, Texas, deployed a shared solution when they upgraded their land mobile radio (LMR) system. Through proper planning and execution, the project saved the county $2 million. First Responder Radio Upgrades Increase Coverage and Interoperability in City of Arvada The City of Arvada in central Colorado is developing two new communications sites in support of the city’s first responder P25 land mobile radio (LMR) system to service City of Arvada Public Safety and Public Works and Arvada Fire.