NETA Weighs in on Grounding System Testing

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The Spring issue of NETA World contains an interesting article on testing grounding systems written by regular contributor, Jeff Jowett, a Senior Applications Engineer for Megger. Jowett explains why, “for large and complex grounding systems,”…

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P&D Announces First Quarter 2019 New Hires

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2019 is off to a terrific start with four new team members joining us during the first quarter: Jeff Davenport 35-year veteran field staking technician Jeff Davenport joined the distribution services team in March. A native of Virginia, Jeff provides field design and staking services to our utility clients in the area. Jeff attributes his success to working hard, getting along with others, and living life to the fullest. One of his proudest moments was...
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Anita Atkinson Named Vice President, Engineering & Surveying

By | P&D in the News, uPDate

With nearly 20 years of experience in civil, environmental, and structural engineering for electric utility companies, Atkinson will lead the Engineering & Surveying division, which comprises substation and transmission engineering, distribution system planning and design, smart grid services, distributed generation engineering and support, systems integration, civil engineering, surveying, and GIS.

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P&D Wins Premier Award for Client Satisfaction

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P&D is proud to have been selected for the fourth time as a PSMJ Resources Premier Award for Client Satisfaction winner. The 2018 award recognized 24 engineering and architectural firms that have performed exceptionally well in the areas of client communication, project delivery, and cost-effective solutions. More…

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P&D Awarded Circle of Excellence

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P&D identified by PSMJ Resources, Inc. as a 2018 Circle of Excellence firm, which recognizes successfully managed firms based on 13 key performance indicators that demonstrate outstanding achievements in profitability, staff growth, cash flow, productivity, business development, overhead management, and turnover. This award is granted to the top 20% of companies determined by PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey. It recognizes those firms that are not only good at their practice but also at running their practice as a business. more…

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Conductor Licking and Fall of Potential

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Since the mid-twentieth century, the physical world around us has changed dramatically, so why is a grounding system test method adopted nearly 75 years ago still so widely used today? And what are the inherent problems when using an antiquated approach in the modern world? Read more…

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Earth Grids Are Easy… Or Are They?

By | Conduit, uPDate

A grounding system’s purpose is to use the earth as a current-carrying conductor to dissipate noise currents and conduct dangerous lightning and power fault currents. Earth is a very good electrical conductor due to its mass and its availability to everyone at all locations throughout the world. This global access to the earth allows grounding systems installed on opposite sides of the world to connect. Read more…

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Defensive Driving Course

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Join Josh Kelly, CSP, SMS to learn techniques to avoid collisions and traffic violations. Drivers learn safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors through a self-assessment risk survey, a series of learning activities and discussions, and…

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Green Eggs and BLAM!

By | Conduit

Prior to the 2018 version, NFPA 70E simply cautioned that “greater emphasis may be necessary with respect to de-energizing” equipment with incident energy (IE) exceeding 40 cal/cm2, “when exposed to electrical hazards.” This nebulous direction was applied within the industry by simply labeling everything over 40 cals as “Dangerous – No PPE Exists.” In its new 2018 version, NFPA 70E eliminated this cautionary language. This may lead some to infer that working on energized equipment…

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Join Michael Thesing at DistribuTech 2018 for SCADA with Advanced Applications

By | Expired

SmartGrid experts Michael Thesing and John McDonald bring more than 60 years of combined experience in this area, and share “real world” equipment and project examples to teach Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) with Advanced Applications as part of the Utility University® at DistribuTech®. The course takes place in room 211 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX on Monday, January 22, 2018 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). It provides a comprehensive examination of electric utility SCADA systems, as well as adjacent technologies, techniques, and industry best practices…

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P&D Publishes New Corporate Brochure

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Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. (P&D) is pleased to announce that we have released our new corporate brochure. As we approach our 70th anniversary, this new  brochure provides an updated look at our company, our culture, and the services we provide. Established in 1947, P&D provides engineering, construction management, and land surveying services from our offices in Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas and Amarillo. P&D specializes in designing and evaluating vital electrical infrastructures, and assists electric utilities, cooperatives,...
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