Common Challenges and Innovative Solutions
Years of experience in hydropower construction, along with highly trained individuals with hydro-specific backgrounds, make challenges a non-obstacle for the Gracon hydropower division. We have listed a few common challenges that we provided successful solutions for:
Challenge: Significant safety concerns working in and around water, and on power systems.
Solution: To overcome these safety concerns, Gracon adheres to our Zero Harm Core Value and completes JHA’s for every task prior to executing work. We hold all subcontractors to the same standards, so the entire team is on the same page. In addition, we empower every employee the ability to stop work on a job if they have concerns about the safety of an activity.
Challenge: Specific information on existing installation is commonly insufficient or missing.
Solution: Members of the hydro division are often times the only ones around that have worked on these facilities in the past and therefore can bring insights to projects that others can’t.
Challenge: Owners often want to preserve the historical value of hydropower facilities.
Solution: During our rehabilitation project for the City of Auburn in New York, Gracon needed to keep the historical value and appearance of the existing aesthetics. To combat this challenge, we used artisan stonemasons to preserve the historical look of the walls while ensuring the structural integrity required for the new roof.
Challenge: Clients often have operational problems with existing equipment
Solution: Gracon performs an inspection with modern laser tracker technology that provides a baseline of existing conditions. We incorporate these readings into our plan for refurbishment and restore the machines back to operational excellence.
Gracon LLC is an experienced Hydropower Construction Company that can provide expertise in all aspects of hydropower rehabilitation/construction projects.
With our in-house capabilities and multiple divisions at Gracon, our team can perform all aspects of a hydropower project. For example, we will build a powerhouse, excavate the river bottom, bore a tunnel for a penstock, and install a turbine/generator and controls package.
Collectively, Gracon’s team can formulate innovative solutions and execution methods.
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2 Converting Non-Powered Dams, National Hydro Association