Project Summary

BC Hydro

Electrical Engineering


Project Description

Since RAM’s team has extensive distribution design experience with BC Hydro’s overhead and underground distribution system, BC Hydro engaged RAM directly to take on the RDE Project for pole replacement designs. Later, RAM worked with BC Hydro to expand the RDE project contract to include distribution design services to supply power to new electric vehicle charging stations.

RAM’s Role

BC Hydro releases batches of poles which require replacement to RAM; RAM conducts site visits at each pole and provides a design for the replacement of each pole in the batch. RAM also coordinates with environmental specialists and indigenous relations specialists as needed. RAM’s distribution design services provided to BC Hydro include:
  • Overhead power line design including analysis of wood pole strength and conductor sag/clearances
  • Underground power line design including civil design to accommodate electrical infrastructure
  • Transformer specification
  • Wire specification
  • Fuse coordination
  • Obtaining municipal utility permits for construction
  • Obtaining BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure permits for construction
  • Design support during construction
  • Field reviews
  • Record drawings

Project Highlights

The first package of 22 pole replacements is currently in progress in Victoria and Esquimalt on Vancouver Island. Site visits were conducted by RAM’s telecommunications division, Encepta, and RAM’s electrical designer joined Encepta for the first few site visits to ensure delivery of high-quality data for the designs.