Power Distribution Services

Overcome Infrastructure Challenges with Power Distribution Engineering

America’s power grid and infrastructure have come under increasing challenges in three key areas: asset management, grid modernization and operational excellence. Ulteig is a proven infrastructure partner, working with progressive power companies to overcome these challenges with integrated, expert solutions that produce exceptional results.

Our distribution engineering serves a wide range of industrial and electric utility clients, including investor-owned utilities (IOUs), generation and transmission clients (G&Ts), electric cooperatives (CoOps) and municipally-owned (Muni) utilities. Our solutions are instrumental in helping our clients achieve success when addressing aging infrastructure, limited space, demand for smart grid technology, Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration, Electric Vehicle (EV) system readiness, reliability and resiliency, growing O&M needs, pricing pressure, an aging workforce, limited resources and compliance.

Ulteig is made up of experts with different combinations of experience — across our Power Lifeline Sector and throughout our many solutions. Together our Power team brings the right skills, education and training to collaborate and create innovative solutions, however complex your challenge. Our Power team works in the following key market areas: Substation, Transmission, Distribution, System Integration, Grid Modernization and Technology.

As a company that got its start providing distribution services to rural North Dakota over 80 years ago, Ulteig has the history and expertise to support power utilities and operating companies with the engineering, design, implementation and utilization of robust distribution systems.

What We Do

  • 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
  • Strategic underground analysis and recommendations
  • Reliability driven system review and recommendations
  • Wildfire protection review and recommendations
  • GIS mapping
  • Power quality studies
  • Load flow studies
  • Volt/VAR compensation studies
  • Arc flash studies
  • Load and DER Interconnection studies
  • Protection Coordination studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Loss reduction studies
  • Hosting Capacity analysis
  • System forecasting and long-range planning 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)
  • DER integration
    • Application reviews and processing
    • Process management and/or development
  • EV readiness
    • DC Fast Chargers
    • Fleet Electrification
    • Residential charging
  • Overhead and Underground Design
  • Existing facilities inventory
  • High accuracy GIS data collection and 360 video integration
  • Structure and clearance modeling and analysis
  • Construction Staking and Support
  • Transformer and Conductor Sizing
  • Permitting
  • Experience working within numerous client design systems
  • Full project support- seamless collaboration with Ulteig’s Survey, Right-of-Way, Environmental, and GIS teams
  • Project types include:
    • Overhead to Underground Conversion
    • System Improvement/Life Extension- Reconductoring, pole replacements
    • Pole Replacements
    • DOT Relocation
    • Joint Use
    • Duct Bank Design
    • New residential and commercial developments
    • Feeder Design
    • Storm Damage Inventory