Indovance Partnered to Develop Solar Panel Project on 314 Acres of Land!

Did you know the energy, the Sun provides for one hour is enough to generate electricity for a complete year globally? However, we are not using even a fraction of it to our benefit. Harnessing solar power can bring in a very significant change to our ecosystem. But all these boils down to just one thing. Who will make it possible?

One of the companies in the USA took up a work of setting up large solar panels on a gigantic area of land. They needed assistance for the project planning and drafting through CAD software where Indovance partnered with them to complete the project in time.

Here is how Indovance helped setting up 3500 Solar Panels on a land as huge as 314 acres!

Client Overview

Our client, a leading solar equipment company based in the USA, deals in installations of solar panels. They were looking for an outsourcing partner to help them in managing all the software related work for solar installation such as Drafting, Proposing Site, Layouts, Contour Mapping, etc. The client liked the project management cycle that we follow and was quick enough to become a long-term business partner so that any sudden spike at work does not make any harm to the ongoing work process and still get the work delivered on time.

Our client was a leading solar equipment company from the USA.

 Client Input

We received data in a pdf format where the existing site conditions, such as property boundary, wetland area and contour levels were shown for quick reference. All the work needed to be done keeping in mind the given inputs in Civil3D software.

Client Requirement

Client wanted us to prepare a Construction Document Set (A set of production drawings). Which will include a Site plan, Grading plan, Layout plan and the Existing site condition plan.

Challenges Observed

Since the project had some very strict standard guidelines and were high on deadlines, we built a team of members who already had expertise and experience in working on such projects. This made us save a huge amount of time on training hours. Also, a backup resources were deployed to accommodate any additional deliverables. Moreover, team had to be abreast with the US construction code and standards.

Indovance Solution Architect

We made all the sheet with the expected details that were required. A total of 3 main files and their multiple sub-files were created for the clarity in understanding and execution of work.

  1. Existing Condition – All existing conditions giving under the civil base plan. This includes all the natural and man-made features already present on-site such as contours, stream, pond, trees etc.
  2. Tree Clearance – Herein, all the unnecessary trees had to be cut to propose solar panels and show proper fence line for security purpose and Calculation of the area.
  3. Layout and Material – Proper site layout need to be done here, by calculating the site distances from all sides according to the standards mentioned and put all the callouts and utility poles wherever necessary.
  4. Grading and Erosion control – Propose contours if needed for a conducive environment. Place the electrical equipment area, utility poles and other solar panel details. Also, propose Stilt fencing for erosion control for not damaging the existing condition.

Value Added

Indovance provided excellent quality-infused work with all the necessary parameters checked and also completed the project in stipulated time. Also, Outsourcing CAD services to Indovance helped our partner in reducing the overall cost of project. All of these became possible because of the 3-stage quality process that enabled us to make the project get delivered with minimum to zero errors. This significantly reduced the rework time as well.

Indovance has a prolific work experience in CAD Drafting and Modelling services since its inception in 2003. We choose to deliver output which are designed uniquely keeping our client’s requirement in mind. We cater to services majorly in the domain of Mechanical, Architecture, Civil, Graphics and Pre-Media.

For any work related queries, e-mail us at info@indovance.com. You can also log on to our        website www.indovance.com for better understanding our work portfolio.

Is It Time To Rethink On Urban Design Post Hurricane Harvey & Irma?

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We recently witnessed two of the most destructive hurricanes in America’s history – hurricane Harvey and Irma. More than 100 people reported to have been killed across the impacted area in Texas and Caribbean. 28,000 square miles of land around Houston was covered in water due to flooding and over 16 million people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are known to be without power, such is the devastating impact of these hurricane. According to Joel Meyers, President of AccuWeather, estimated damage caused by Harvey & Irma combined could range around $290 billion. The obvious question that comes to mind is, have we failed to plan our urban infrastructure? Or has the severity of natural disaster exceeded what we planned for?

Before we make a conclusion, we need to understand how typically the Architectural and Civil structures are designed to prepare city for natural calamities – may it be hurricane or flooding.

Anticipating Severity –
City planners or simply put, engineers working on various aspects of urban infrastructure development has a big role to play in planning. May it be with regards to Road layout, Residential and Commercial site development or Drainage design, every single aspect of urban infrastructure should be planned anticipating severity of natural calamities. As per current standards, the severity of calamity in the region is classified based on historical events occurred in that region. For event like hurricane, its severity is classified as 10yrs, 50yrs, 100yrs, 500yrs and 1000yrs. Floods like 500yrs or 1000yrs are anticipated on its probability of occurrence in the region, for example – experts estimate that in any given year, there is a 1 in 500yrs (0.2percent) chance a flood of this severity will strike the region.

But this anticipation is purely on historical data, classification of severity might change region to region. In table below, you can see that flood classified as 500yrs level in certain region, is predicted to happen every 10yrs in other region.

Source: Harris County Flood Control District.
Source: Harris County Flood Control District.

Coming back to our basic question about urban infrastructure planning and estimating severity of natural disaster, these are subjective to historical events and we need to reconsider the region wise severity classifications based on probabilities of its occurrences.

Why Revise Severity Classification?
For a simple reason, considering the recent history, major events leading to mass destruction has increased with its probability of occurrence. Continuing with the same old probability will not help us prepare for upcoming disasters.
Melting Globe

There are multiple reasons why we are experiencing these events, and climate change is a major and most important of them. We all know, increasing global warming has been impacting the environment in multiple ways leading to warmer climate. The rapid growth of concreate jungles worldwide has added to it. Concrete, pavements and large buildings in urban areas drastically reduces the capacity of land to absorb the rain waters, allowing it to pour in low laying areas, causing flood. Naturally the calamities coming our way in future will be more destructive and frequent. And to be prepared for these in advance is the only way forward.

City planners need to consider this and layout better urban designs with stricter regulations which shall prepare to take on larger destructive events. We at Indovance Inc, have the expertise and vision for better future. Our Civil and Architecture drafting/design team helps our client to build sustainable infrastructure for generations to come considering all aspects. If you want to know more about our work and how can we partner and assist you, get in touch with us at +1 919-238-4044 or write us at Info@indovance.com