Distribution Engineering and Design

Over the past several years, utilities have remained focused on generation and transmission system improvements.  Meanwhile, the nation’s distribution systems have taken a backseat, oftentimes being patch-fixed and repaired along the way because they have long since benefitted from that same level of investment.

Today, with the onset of smart technology, distributed energy resources (DERs), more significant and frequent weather events, increasing customer awareness and desire for customer choice, and aging infrastructure, the need to invest in distribution is highly critical.  As utilities begin to experience challenges with their distribution networks, they are shifting their capital budgets to address these new demands, making distribution a primary focus once again.

As a company that got its start providing distribution services to rural North Dakota nearly 75 years ago, Ulteig has the history and expertise to support power utilities and operating companies with the design, implementation and utilization of robust distribution systems.

Service Offerings:


  • Basic Surveying
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Easement Acquisition
  • Joint-Use Staking and Make-Ready Surveys
  • Line Inspection
  • NESC and Utility Specifications
  • Permitting
  • Protection/Basic Sectionalizing Design
  • Sizing Transformers and Conductors
  • Material Coordination
  • Underground Line Design and Subdivision Layout
  • Overhead/Pole-Line Structure Design and Layout
  • Construction Design Packages/Documents


  • Design Criteria Development
  • Full Structure Analysis and Design
  • Review of Existing System and Recommendations for System Hardening
  • Review of Outage Data and Design Standards Recommendations
  • Underground Design


  • GIS Mapping
  • Power Quality Studies
  • Load Flow Studies
  • Volt/VAR Compensation
  • Arc Flash Studies
  • Interconnection Studies
  • Coordination Studies
  • Rate Studies
  • Injection Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Loss Reduction Studies


  • Improved Distribution Grid Controls
  • Increased Use of Automation Systems
  • Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)
  • Advanced Grid Intelligence & Security (AGIS)
  • Integrated Volt/VAR Optimization (IVVO)
  • Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR)
  • Increased Visibility of Distribution Systems
  • Additional Data Points
  • Phasor Measurement Units
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)


From global energy producers to locally funded cities and private developers to government agencies, the clients we serve encompass a broad range of relationships and projects. Find out why Ulteig is a leader in the engineering industry.