Process-driven solutions engineering
The Convergint utilities team is built around a highly specialized group of engineers and designers to bring consistency and process to deliver design excellence. This team provides customized solutions and technology services to architects, engineers, and EPC contractors, working collaboratively to ensure the best result for the utility customer. Through pre-sales engineering, site surveys, or in-depth project design, the utilities engineers develop solutions to meet the end customers’ requirements and budgets.
The team’s engineering group integrates security technology with field device design, panel layouts, system interconnectivity for detailed low voltage design packages with considerations for industry regulations, and the design basis threat. This layered approach ensures optimal security and performance, and includes:
- Perimeter intrusion technologies
- Camera layouts and field-of-view details
- Gate control
- Access control and card reader details
- Panel layouts
- Head-end IDF
- Rack and control building layouts
Delivering compliant and effective security design
Convergint leverages a team with decades of industry experience and lessons learned from design and engineering work provided for 300+ utilities nationwide, and remains focused on:
Executing with excellence from an engineering perspective
Convergint develops drawings in tandem with the architect/engineer while environmental, architectural, and electrical designs are being completed. The engineering team follows a process to develop conceptual designs to a 30% level for customer review. Once the initial solution concepts are agreed upon, the team develops the detailed design in 60% and 90% phases with the end result as a final Issue for Construction (IFC) package.
Notably, Convergint also works in tandem with architects/engineers in the capacity of post-construction job completion including QA/QC, testing, and commissioning. Furthermore, the team provides post-install assessments prior to final as-built drawing package submission.
Utilities engineering value
- Supports RFP responses for utilities customer design and installation requirements.
- Develops conceptual design details and layouts to supplement proposed system solutions.
- Stays informed of both customer requirements and changes to NERC and other regulatory standards.
- Incorporates needed changes internally and collaborates externally to maintain compliance.
Design process and efficiency
- Follows standardized design processes, seeks best practices, and uses lessons learned for continuous improvement.
- Coordinates internally to drive discussions towards efficient solutions for utilities.
- Works closely internally with CTC operations teams and externally with customers.
- Seeks feedback from both for continuous improvement.
Technology partner coordination
- Collaborates with partners to facilitate customer demonstrations or proof of concept implementations.
- Develops product comparisons for technology selections specific to customer use case.
Site surveys and risk assessments
- Performs site walkdowns and surveys to identify unique site conditions, evaluate site risks, and develop implementation strategies.
- Designs layered solutions to provide defense-in-depth for critical asset protection and risk mitigation.