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Eddie County Land Surveying Projects

Brushy Draw As-Built
Location: Eddie County NM
Project Size: 15,840′
Year: 2019

Nash To Remuda Pipeline As-Built
Location: Eddie County NM
Project Size: 21,120’ x 9 Lines
Year: 2018

Corral Canyon Row 2
Location: Eddie County NM
Project Size: 36,960’ x 4 Lines
Year: 2019

ROW2 North/South CDP
Location: Eddie County NM
Project Size: 52,800’
Year: 2018

DI 11 MSO Part Steel Pipeline
Location: Eddie County NM
Project Size: 26,400’ x 3 Lines
Year: 2018

RRC Surveying conducted as-built surveys on these projects, collected data for the client, and produced weld maps, cover sheets, ISO, and locations to taps. Projects were completed with a 2 person crew, keeping our rates lower than the competition and even provided a daily rate to stay competitive. Like others in the industry, the team faced hardships during COVID but pushed on with XTO to become their #1 survey team in the field. With all our projects, we strive to keep our clients happy by delivering quality at a competitive price.

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Meadow Lake Wind Project Phases I-IV

Project Description

Location: White County, Indiana
Installed Capacity: 500.85 MW
Construction Cost: $100,000,000+
Year Commissioned:  2009 – 2010

With over 300 wind turbine generators and a power generating capacity of 500.85 MW for four phases, the Meadow Lake Wind Farm is one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Each phase was supplied with turbines from different manufacturers including Acciona, General Electric (GE), Suzlon, and Vestas, and construction of the individual phases was awarded to different Balance of Plant (BOP) contractors. RRC provided geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and construction material testing services for the project, covering all stages from planning and final development through construction.

RRC’s geotechnical engineering services included subsurface exploration comprised of conventional soil borings, continuous rock coring, and Cone Penetrometer Tests (CPT), and specialized geophysical surveys comprised of Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) surveys, along with engineering analyses and design. Due to the prevalence of shallow groundwater at the project site, numerous temporary piezometers were installed and monitored to facilitate foundation buoyancy calculations and to provide guidelines for site dewatering during construction. Soft or compressive clay soils were encountered during the subsurface investigation phase, requiring deep ground improvement to support the proposed wind turbine generator (WTG) loads at several tower sites. Rammed Aggregate Pier (RAP) systems were utilized to stiffen deep marginal soil deposits. The process involved constructing high density, stiff RAPs to control settlement and improve bearing pressures and rotational stiffness.

Structural engineering services included design and sizing of concrete, reinforcing, embedment rings, and anchor bolts for the WTG foundations to adequately resist the loadings provided by the turbine supplier. Due to the scale of the project, it was important for RRC to create the most economical design possible in order to provide cost savings over the many turbine sites of the project. As part of the effort to economize project construction, each individual phase utilized multiple foundation sizes based on differing soil bearing pressures and groundwater conditions at each turbine site. RRC developed 11 different turbine foundation designs for the four phases.

Coordination of the different foundation sizes, as well as providing necessary provisions for soil corrections and deep soil improvement techniques, was critical to achieving an economical and well-planned project. Working together as a team, RRC’s geotechnical and structural engineers delivered a sound yet economical turbine foundation design for the Meadow Lake project.

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Permian Basin Well Plats

Project Description

Location: Permian Basin – Lea County, New Mexico
Client: Concho Resources
Construction Cost: $350,000
Year Commissioned: 2015

The Permian Basin Well Plats project began with the RRC surveying group assisting our client in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin. Concho Resources pursues oil and gas exploration and development exclusively in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico. Due to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, the extraction of oil from shale production helped Concho Resources become one of the front-runners of oil exploration in the Permian Basin. RRC provided land surveys for Concho Resources throughout the Permian Basin; services provided include well plats, flow lines, pipeline, and electrical line support.

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1.34 MWdc Solar Pilot Plant

Project Description

Location:   New Orleans, Louisiana
Installed Capacity: 1.34 MWdc/1.08 MWac of energy
Year Commissioned:   2016

This project is a new photovoltaic generating facility utilizing conventional polycrystalline PV modules in a NexTracker Single-axis tracking system. A 0.5 MWac Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is co-located, and for maximum flexibility is capable of charging from the grid or the PV system.

RRC optimized the PV plant design to achieve the lowest overall lifecycle costs and provided the land surveying, civil engineering, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), geotechnical engineering, corrosion analysis, electrical engineering, pile loading testing, SCADA design and hardware engineering services, construction staking, construction support, permitting support, project management and as-built drawings for the project.

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Birds of Prey Substation

Project Description

Location:   Reeves County, Texas

RRC provided land surveying, civil engineering, and geotechnical engineering services for this substation project. RRC performed a topographic survey of the project site and developed overall site grading and drainage plans, excavation and fill notes, site access, and construction and testing requirements. The geotechnical department performed a field Earth Electrical Resistivity (ER) Survey.

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Worsham Substation

Project Description

Location: Reeves County, Texas

RRC provided land surveying, civil engineering, and geotechnical engineering services for the Worsham Substation project. RRC performed a topographic survey of the proposed substation site, overall site grading and drainage plan with erosion control details, excavation and fill notes, site access, existing utilities, construction and testing requirements, and a field Earth Electrical Resistivity (ER) Survey.

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4.39 MWdc PV Solar Array – Phase II

Project Description

Location:   Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Installed Capacity: 4.39 MWdc/3.1MWac of energy
Year Commissioned:   2016

The objective of this innovative solar project was to design a project that locally generated renewable solar electricity to enhance energy security and provide price stability for Fort Campbell and meet the Army’s renewable energy goals. The project was broken up into two phases with Phase II located on approximately 25 acres of a capped landfill.

RRC provided the land surveying, preliminary civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, preliminary electrical engineering, preliminary SCADA design and project management services for the Phase II project site. RRC optimized the PV plant design to achieve the lowest overall lifecycle costs.

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Roscoe Wind Project

Project Description

Location:  Mitchell, Nolan, and Scurry Counties, Texas
Installed Capacity: 781.5 MW
Construction Cost: $500,000,000+
Year Commissioned:   2008, 2009

The Roscoe Wind Project is located near the City of Roscoe within Mitchell, Nolan, and Scurry Counties, Texas. The project is divided into four phases comprised of the following: Roscoe Wind Project – Phase I, Champion Wind Project, Inadale Wind Project, and Pyron Wind Project. The total nameplate capacity of all phases is 781.5 MW derived from 406 Mitsubishi 1.0 MW wind turbine generators (WTGs), 55 Siemens 2.3 MW WTGs, and 166 GE 1.5 MW WTGs constructed and installed throughout the entire project. The Roscoe Wind Project is considered one of the largest wind projects in the United States.

RRC provided geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and construction materials testing for the project. The design team worked and collaborated seamlessly to ensure challenging deadlines and milestones were achieved.

Geotechnically, the subsurface soils and bedrock conditions were variable across the site. Expansive soils and soft clay layers within some portions of the site required particular attention during the design and construction phases. Due to the large number of turbines and geographic extents of this project, multiple field crews were utilized to shorten the field exploration phase schedule. Additionally, RRC performed seismic refraction surveys to aid in estimating static groundwater levels for some portions of the site. Groundwater is an important factor to consider for turbine foundation design.

Structural engineering services included design and sizing of concrete, reinforcing, embedment rings, and anchor bolts for the wind turbine generator foundations to adequately resist the loadings provided by the turbine supplier. Due to the scale of the project, it was important for RRC to create the most economical design possible in order to provide cost savings over the many turbine sites of the project.

During construction, RRC provided continuous engineering support to effectively provide measures to address issues related to foundation dewatering and unsuitable foundation subgrade. RRC’s remedial measures were efficiently engineered, cost effective, and helped with maintaining the construction schedule.

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Alta Wind Energy Center – Phases II-XI

Project Description

Location:   Kern County, California
Installed Capacity: 1,346.45 MW
Construction Cost: $500,000,000+
Year Commissioned:   2010 – 2014

The Alta Wind Energy Center, located near Mojave in Kern County, California, is within one of the largest concentrations of wind farms in the world. Phases 2 through 11 of this project included construction of over 450 wind turbine generators. The Alta Wind Energy Center provides approximately 30 percent of California’s wind-generated electrical power.

RRC was involved with numerous aspects and phases of the Alta project.

RRC’s geotechnical services included conventional soil borings, continuous rock coring, in-situ geophysical surveys, geological hazard studies, slope stability evaluations, and geotechnical engineering/analysis. Collapsible cohesionless soils were encountered in our investigations, requiring remediation measures to reduce the risk of hydro-consolidation at some turbine sites. Portions of the project site are located within the California Alquist-Priolo (AP) Earthquake Fault Zone; therefore, geological fault investigation was conducted to establish appropriate setback distances from active traces of Garlock Fault. In-situ and laboratory thermal resistivity testing was conducted for design of underground electrical cables.

RRC provided extensive foundation designs for the development based upon various configurations of GE and Vestas turbines. Challenges to the structural design included design for high strength tower versions for seismically controlled locations and a standard tower versions for extreme wind-controlled locations. Adding to the challenge, many foundation sites also required coordination of the design for scour protection as well as measures to protect the subgrade against hydro-consolidation concerns.

As with all projects, RRC provided the most economical design to realize maximum cost savings over the project as well as construction support to keep the project on schedule.

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Rebel Plant

Project Description

Location:   Garden City, Texas
Client: Energy Transfer Partners
Construction Cost: $360,000,000
Installed Capacity: 130 MMCFD Processing Plant
Year Commissioned: 2014

In February 2014, RRC’s client announced a long-term agreement with an energy company affiliated with a major energy supplier to provide midstream services for natural gas produced from a number of wells in the Permian Basin. As a result, our client constructed a 130-million-cubic-feet-per-day (MMCFD) cryogenic processing plant in Glasscock County, Texas, with expansion capability to 200 MMCFD. This client will also build more than 100 miles of high-pressure and low-pressure gathering pipelines connecting to this plant.

RRC provided land surveying, geotechnical engineering, construction staking, structural observation, construction materials testing, concrete, asphalt, and soil testing for quality control and project management.

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