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High & Dry – Soil Impacts on Grounding

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In the 21st century, large portions of the U.S. are becoming more drought-prone. An estimated 53 million people (about twice the population of Texas) are living in drought-affected areas.”  This escalating drought situation necessitates that electric utilities account for these changing conditions at existing sites and design future substations that will remain within the site safety criteria specified in the IEEE standards. According to NASA, more than 93 percent of the land area in Utah,...
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Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. Shines on the National Stage with the 2024 Top Workplaces USA Honor

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Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of USA Today’s 2024 Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous poll uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection. P&D is an employee-owned company. As Mike Bryan, President and CEO,...
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Substation Safety – Are You Rock Solid?

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Substation design typically calls for 2-6” of aggregate (crushed rock) as a top layer upon completion of construction. This layer serves several purposes, including improved vehicle access, reduced erosion, and suppression of vegetation. Another significant function of this layer is to provide personnel safety by increasing the allowed (maximum permissible) touch and step potential values versus native soil. When the aggregate becomes a critical part of the site’s safety, knowledge of the aggregate’s composition and...
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A Safety Perspective – What Makes an Electrical Worker Qualified?

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Contact with electricity is a significant cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. While many of these incidents can be prevented by ensuring only qualified workers perform all electrical work, what education, training, and experience make an electrical worker qualified? The answer is “it depends.” To properly answer this question, we must examine the nature of the work, the tasks to be performed, the methods to be utilized, the regulations involved, the risk of electric shock...
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Company Culture: The Key to Long-Term Success

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Many companies in the United States measure their success by benchmarks known as key performance indicators (KPIs) - most commonly revenue growth, profit margin, and labor productivity. Best practices state that KPIs must be clear, meaningful, cost-effective, realistic, aligned with objectives, and measured regularly. Investor-owned and large companies in the service industry are likely to be data-driven, but what happens to these companies and their cultures when they are primarily accountable to reports, metrics, and...
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Are You Safety Compliant? The Importance of General Industry Safety, Health, and Environmental Audits

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Facility managers should review safety practices often to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. A safety, health, and environmental audit assesses an organization’s ability to protect against occupational injuries, illnesses, property damage, and negative environmental impacts while ensuring regulatory compliance, protecting the organization’s brand, and potentially preventing financial losses. Where Do I Start? Safety, health, and environmental audits are essential for protecting people, profits, and the environment. While safety audits are not required for every workplace,...
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Nine Key Components to Consider When Developing an Electrical Safety Program

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The discovery and harnessing of electricity changed the world more than any other invention. Unfortunately, electricity can be a serious workplace hazard, potentially causing severe employee injuries and property damage. In the United States, one person dies every day from an electrical incident. As a result, many companies need help creating a plan to protect their employees that includes the appropriate use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE). This can be...
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What P&D Has Meant to Me: From Joe Perry, PE, Former V.P. & Chief Electrical Engineer and the Oldest, Living P&D Electrical Engineer

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In the Beginning 1973 was an extraordinary time in my life; my family and I moved to Atlanta and started our new adventure. A big part of that adventure was starting work at Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc., which turned out to be one of the most satisfying experiences in my life. In high school, I always wanted to be an electrical engineer. A neighbor who was an engineer and another friend who was a...
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Creating a Comprehensive Employee Development Program: A Case Study

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Once Upon a Time at P&D In 2018, Patterson & Dewar Engineers (P&D) was struggling with the same concerns many companies encounter as they expand: how do you retain the culture that made you a success while transferring knowledge to new employees? Our leaders realized we needed a comprehensive employee development program to address these concerns, but they were unsure how to start. They decided to bring in a dedicated employee who could focus on...
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OSHA Program Designed to “Beat the Heat”

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When OSHA launched the first-ever National Emphasis Program (NEP) on heat hazards in April of this year, the Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. Safety & Health Services Team was way ahead of the curve. In the summer of 2021, our Safety Director and Safety Manager created special training for our employees on heat-related illness and emergency responses when they hosted “Summer Safety: Beat the Heat” Lunch & Learn. Their goal was for employees to be...
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AJC Names Patterson & Dewar a 2022 Top Workplace

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Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2022 Top Workplaces for the second consecutive year. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous poll uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, to name a few. P&D...
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