Due to the radical nature of the project, the TenneT team has many other aspects to consider, besides technical support, during the first phases of implementation: some of the pylons along the Rilland-Tilburg line are new, and could also be placed where previously there were no pylons. Even now, it may be necessary to change the course slightly, which would require further consultation with stakeholders and may result in design changes.
Communication is crucial
Casper: “What is exceptionally good is that TenneT is always open to dialogue with us and those in the surrounding environment. We will be asked to examine the project critically, technically and in terms of planning. Preparing a realistic and logical schedule is also part of it. Of course, it helps that we have already demonstrated for a year that we can do what we propose. As a result, this part went very well.”
TenneT is also satisfied with the cooperation and work of Iv-Consult. “Performing the implementation design in-house has led to a shift in implementation risks to the client, which normally lies with the contractor. It requires specific knowledge and expertise to cover all risks”, says Edmon Gharh Beklo, Chief Engineer at TenneT.
“We are very satisfied with how Iv-Consult approached the project and delivered the products systematically. Clear communication was of great value in quickly resolving adjustments and other design changes. Thanks to Iv-Consult’s expertise, TenneT has every confidence that the end product in the form of 3D models, drawings and thousands of workshop drawings will contribute to the rapid production of the required pylons.”
It begins and ends with coordination
A considerable amount of coordination is required when designing new electricity pylons. Rick van Andel coordinates the drawing work of Iv-Consult, from checking models to switching between Papendrecht and Kuala Lumpur. Rick finds it very dynamic. “The transfer of information is crucial. For example, suppose the client changes something; this needs to be passed on to our colleagues in Malaysia because the drawings will have to be adjusted. Whether it concerns adding a new panel to a design or changing the thickness, it has to be implemented throughout the chain. Because at the end of the day, critical work is being undertaken in Malaysia: these drawings will soon be used to manufacture and construct.”
Working on lattice pylons is a new adventure for Iv-Consult. Steel is steel, so for that matter, it is right up the engineering company’s street. Rick: “Eighty percent is steel, the other twenty percent is very specific to pylons.”