The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) recently had an epiphany. It discovered there can be significant discrepancies between the transmission line designs from the engineering department and what is actually built in the field. Interestingly, this discovery is not a surprise to anyone involved with the construction portion of the utility industry. Heat, beat and fit in the field is a way of life in the construction world. That is why utilities have as-built drawings, but many ...

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