Lessons learned from a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art distribution automation system upgrade project at California State University Fresno

G&W Electric learned many lessons from a distribution automation system upgrade project at California State University in Fresno and is sharing those lessons in this white paper.

This paper provides insights into the planning, design, and execution of a major campus upgrade project at the California State University in Fresno, California. The project’s main objective was to replace an aging electrical distribution system with one that delivers a continuous supply of power to all the campus facilities, regardless of the reliability of the utility feed to the campus.

This objective was accomplished by delivering a multi-vendor, turnkey automation solution which included metal-clad switchgear, padmount switches with voltage and current sensors and motor actuators, transformers, relays, a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) with Human Machine Interface (HMI), and communication devices. The system can now be expanded easily to handle the future plans of the university.

Key elements of the upgraded electrical distribution system are the engineered-to-order Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) and Loss of Voltage (LOV) automation schemes that ensure the continuous supply of power to all campus facilities.

G&W Electric is sharing the lessons they have learned with other potential end-users to provide helpful insights into issues to consider for distribution system upgrade projects in general.

Please click here to read G&W Electric’s white paper in its entirety.