A pair of companies working in the hydroelectric power sector were recognized for their work during Bentley Systems Inc.’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 conference held last week in Singapore.
Bentley’s “Be Inspired” awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in 17 infrastructure-related categories, with this year’s nominations including more than 400 submissions from over 50 countries.
Winning in the category of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Advancements in Power Generation was China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co. LTd. For its work on the 15-MW Wugachong plant in Pu’an County, China; and Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. in the category of BIM Advancements in Manufacturing, for its work in control and protection system fabrication.
China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co. Ltd.
Based in Guangzhou, China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Design was commissioned by Wugachong Water Conservancy and Hydropower Co. Ltd. to design the 15-MW Wugachong hydroelectric plant and its associated infrastructure.
The complex includes a 108-meter tall parabolic, double-arch dam whose design was complicated by the region’s complex geology that included a crack near the structure’s right side and a landslide on the other.
CWRPRPS used an assortment of Bentley software to complete 2D and 3D models of the facility in just two months — all while increasing design efficiency by 30%, reducing design defects by 85% and saving the owner CNY¥3 million (USD$455,117), according to the company.
In addition to its power generation capabilities, Wugachong will benefit the Pu’an County region by creating a much-needed source of irrigable water.
Malaysia-based Satria Technologies was contracted the country’s largest power utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, to design and supply 19 control relay panels for a new substation in Pandamaran.
Using Bentley products, Satria was able to streamline its fabrication process, halving an estimated 40-day cycle and saving Tenaga Nasional Berhad MYR 20,000 ($4,743).
The processes developed for Tenaga will be applied to Satria’s other product lines, which also include equipment and services specific to the small hydropower sector.