It’s not even built yet and the Dry Fork Station is winning awards. Basin Electric’s engineering consultant for the project, Sargent & Lundy, announced in July the Dry Fork Station 3D PLADES model was the winning entry at the 2008 Bentley Awards of Excellence ceremony in the category for Innovations in Power Generation. The annual competition judges entries for infrastructure projects using Bentley design and project software.
Rich Marshalla, Sargent & Lundy project manager, said Basin Electric and Sargent & Lundy were able to work closely together and rapidly provide input for the design using the model. “The model itself is only as good as the team using it and in the case of the Dry Fork project the Basin Electric/Sargent & Lundy team members have driven the use of this tool to its fullest potential.”
The design reviews allowed for efficient integration of design and constructability concerns between the major components of the plant. The Dry Fork Station is notable in that the design includes two relatively unique technologies into one plan, said Clyde Bush, Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station project manager. “It will use an air-cooled condenser. Most power plants today use water-cooled condensers,” he said. “And it will have a leading edge circulating dry scrubber, which will be the largest application of that technology in the world.”
Bush noted that Basin Electric was only indirectly involved in approving the use of the modeling in the project development. He credits Sargent & Lundy. “We were smart enough to hire good people to do a good job.”