Energy Systems Engineering

Combs & Shearer will provide your initial Energy Management or SCADA System installation requirements or establish your best migration path for upgrade and expansion. These services include: Assessment Survey, Design Requirements, Design Documentation, Procurement Support, Installation Management, Special Studies and Investigations, and Control Systems Training.

Assessment Survey

Combs & Shearer will provide a report encapsulating your facility's Energy Management or SCADA System needs based on a visit to your site and an analysis of the current systems and control strategies in place. Existing strategies will be evaluated to determine their effectiveness in meeting your energy conservation objectives. Upgrades and improvements will be considered and defined where appropriate.

Design Requirements

Combs & Shearer will provide an experienced team to develop Design Requirements for your facility. This process consists of a site visit to determine specific system architecture required, necessary placement of sensors, and associated life safety requirements. A Requirements Document will be delivered and will include an Overall System Diagram, drawings showing recommended control and monitoring requirements, a preliminary installation cost estimate, and a discussion section explaining the requirements in context, as needed, for complete understanding of the recommended system.

Design Documentation

Combs & Shearer will prepare design documentation suitable for competitive procurement of your Energy Management or SCADA System in accordance with the design requirements developed previously or based on your own established requirements, when available. The design package will consist of: overall system diagrams, floor layouts showing sensors and controls locations, installation details, specifications tailored to your facility's requirements, and a procurement cost estimate. Two customer review periods are normally included for your review and comment, as the design package progresses, normally occurring at 50% and 95%.

Procurement Support

Combs & Shearer will prepare special procurement documentation including unit pricing schedules and technical proposal evaluation criteria. Experienced engineers will be available to participate with you in reviewing bid responses, technical proposals, cost proposals, and assisting you in determining the bidder best suited to perform your project installation.

Installation Management

Combs & Shearer will provide technical and management support during procurement and installation of your Energy Management or SCADA system. Personnel with appropriate field experience and expertise in system and sensor technologies and installation requirements will be available to assist you in fielding your system or upgrade. Special emphasis is placed on submittal reviews, in-process inspection, and acceptance testing, since the ultimate measure of system reliability is so heavily dependent on the quality of installation work and proper verification of system programming.

Special Studies and Investigations

Combs & Shearer will provide special studies and investigations for your special needs to include identification of system vulnerabilities, recommending solutions, determining causes for reliability problems, and integration of different supplier's equipment into existing systems.

Control Systems Training

Combs & Shearer will provide a special training course at your facility to enable members of your staff to better understand the proper selection and application of Energy Management or SCADA Systems. Topics covered are Systems Definitions and Architecture, Survey and Assessment Techniques, Developing Design Requirements, and Installation Management. This course is typically provided for a group of 20 or more attendees. It can be customized for smaller groups, or special focus groups can be proposed depending on specific needs, class size, and location.