Telecommunication Projects

Location: Washington, D.C.

Client: Pepco Holdings Inc.

Completion Date: 2010

Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) is an investor-owned utility holding company that includes Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco), Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. PHI delivers electricity and natural gas to more than 1.8 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey, making it one of the largest electricity delivery companies in the mid-Atlantic.

  • Communications standard and strategy development
  • Protective relaying problem diagnosis
  • Telecommunications backbone planning and design

Most recently, Burns & McDonnell is working for PHI on a North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) critical infrastructure protection documentation project. The firm is also responsible for design of a multi-year backbone telecommunications network upgrade covering fiber optic and microwave systems in more than 200 high-voltage substations in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

In 2002, Burns & McDonnell prepared a fiber optic design audit and system analysis for improvements to PHI’s internal communications system, including correction of configuration settings and other corrective measures to avoid outages as encountered in a severe storm in early 2002.

In subsequent projects, Burns & McDonnell prepared an alarm manual to document existing and new system alarms in support of an RTU change-out. Burns & McDonnell also performed a needs analysis, created an RFP and evaluated vendor responses for a pilot distribution automation system, and designed and supervised a pilot-level broadband wireless distribution capacitor control communications system, and prepared a strategy plan for long-term development of a highly reliable integrated telecommunications platform that would provide efficient and secure use of corporate voice and data networks for its three electric utilities.

  • Strategic network integration planning
  • Protective relaying
  • Ethernet
  • MPLS
  • Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
  • Distribution automation (DA)
  • Digital microwave
  • Fiber optics
  • Cybersecurity