Case Studies

Welcome to the Batco Tech Education Center and Case Studies. The purpose of this area is to provide you with samples of completed projects and solutions to common questions. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete resource, but rather a collection of projects that will help and asnwer some of the questions that you might have.

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Electrical Estimation and Project Management Services.

OVERVIEW:

We have been working with Red Ryno Energy for the past couple of years on various projects. This particular project is a restaurant in Kelowna, BC where we helped with the estimation, back-end project management, and manufacturing of control cabinets.

BACKGROUND:

First and foremost we want to thank Avi and Red Ryno Energy for agreeing to showcase their project. One of the foundational principles that our relationship has been built on is Trust and Confidentiality.

As a small and medium electrical contractor it is difficult at times to handle all the aspects of running a successful business. From bookkeeping, human resources, estimation, bids, running a crew, marketing, and many other hats that an owner must put on, it becomes essential to find partnerships to help with some of those aspects of the business. The same way an accountant will help keep the books, we help electrical contractors estimate, bid and manage projects. This case study is an example of how Red Ryno Energy contracted us to do the estimate and some of the project management so they can focus on what matters to most; running a business.

Services Offered:

  1. Electrical Estimation
  2. Project Management
  3. Control Panel Manufacturing

The project started with a set of blueprints. Red Ryno Energy provided us with pictures and additional information about the job, location, accessibility, strata requirements, etc. We discussed installation details, options, human resources, and crew size and created the estimate. We presented the estimate with some built-in assumptions and safety margins but left it open for the owners to change the numbers in areas such as Profit, Overhead, Indirect Project Costs, etc. Red Ryno Energy was able to successfully bid and win the job.

The second stage was to plan for the construction. This included a site visit, start-up meeting, procurement plan, financial requirements, and cash flow, crew size, schedule, etc.

Once the project started we identified changes and deviations from the original installation plan and we helped advise and guide on the best approach to handle such changes while dealing with engineers, owners, strata, hydro, and inspection authorities. Avi from Red Ryno Energy was on-site managing the project and all aspects of the construction.

The changes and additional work raised considerably the value of the project but still was completed within the previously agreed time frame.

RESULTS:

  • A successfully completed and financial rewarding project.
  • Consolidated relationship between Red Ryno Energy and owners/ GC
  • Better understanding of crew strength and weaknesses.
  • Fine-tuned and adjusted estimation factors to line up with company’s performance factors.

CONCLUSION:

While estimation and back-end project management is only half of the battle; I applaud Avi and his crew for managing all aspects of the construction, communication, and changes in a professional manner. This joint collaboration between BatCO Tech and Red Ryno Energy was possible because of the level of trust and confidence that we have learned to have in each other. I can not stress enough that the cornerstone and foundation of a successful project is Trust and open communication.

Service Upgrade – 400A

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Save money on electricity through a service upgrade!

OVERVIEW:

The customer in this case called us for a service upgrade. As a small business we were able to upgrade the service to 400A and also apply for the lower commerical rates. We did this by spliting the serivce into 3 hydro services/meters. One residential and 2 commercial. 

BACKGROUND:

The cost of electricity has been constantly going up faster than inflation. In BC the two-step threshold is not justifiable as many families go over the Step 1 threshold within a few days of the billing cycle and end up paying excessive hydro bills. In 2021 the residential electricity rates in BC are calculated as follows.

  1. Basic Charge: $0.2069 per day
  2. Energy Charge Step 1: $0.0935 per kWh for first 1,350
  3. Energy Charge Step 2: $0.1403 per kWh over the 1,350 Step 1 threshold
  4. Minimum Charge: $0.2069 per day

BatCo Tech has been able to access better rates and overall savings by splitting the service into residential and small general service rates. This option is ideal for home-based businesses were splitting the service into 2, 3, or more meters can not only create separate bills but also separate rates. Typically this includes one meter as being the residential meter with the rates listed above and the other meters with the Small General Service Rates listed below:

  1. Basic Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW: $0.3608 per day. Energy Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW: $0.1240 per kWh.
  2. Minimum Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW:  $0.3608 per day.
  3. Discounts: 1.5% on entire bill if electricity is metered at primary potential.
  4. $0.25 per kW if the customer supplies transformation from a primary to a secondary potential.
  5. If eligible for both, the 1.5% discount is applied first.

Few of the benefits why more and more people are splitting the service are:

  1. Staying within the Step 1 & Step 2 threshold set up by hydro for the residential service.
  2. A steady non fluctuating rate for the commercial side.
  3. Splitting billing responsibilities.
  4. Monitoring electricity usage per meter.

RESULTS:

  • A 20% decresase in the yearly Hydro bills from previous years.
  • 100% of the commerical bills were used for tax purposes as an expense
  • 100% of 3th meter charges tranfered to tenant.

CONCLUSION:

The client covered the expenses of the serivce upgrade within 8 month through the savings in the commerical rates. 

Overheating Equipment

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Hydro surcharges from unbalanced loads.

An often forgotten aspect of a proper electrical installation is balancing the loads which in this case ended up overheating transformers and creating maintenance issues and also having to pay surcharges from BC Hydro.

Over the years commercial and industrial plants keep on adding loads to an electrical system without doing a proper load calculation and balancing the loads. Non-linear loads such as AC & DC Variable Frequency Drives, Fluorescent Lights, Welders, UPS, Battery Chargers, Computers, etc are creating harmonics that can trigger other issues such as overheating transformers and motors, overloading neutral conductors, blown fuses, and malfunction of electronics.

BatCO Tech was called due to repeated failure of a control panel. After we surveyed the electrical system and plant equipment we discovered other issues such as overheating transformers and motors and voltage spikes due to harmonics.

We ended up sizing a filter bank and installing it on the main electrical system.

Bringing your Chinese equipment up to code and making it CSA compliant.

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CSA Certifications

Not all equipment brought from China is CSA compliant not does it have CSA certifications. Canada has one of the most comprehensive electrical codes in the world covering all aspects of industrial equipment and Industrial Control Panels (ICP).

The pictures below are from a walk-in freezer, a cider bottling station, and a roll bender. What they all have in common is that they were all brought from China and had to be modified to withstand the Canadian Standards.

Through the process of verifying the equipment, wires, safety devices, and parts had to be replaced.

At the end the equipment was brought to code and we provided an updated wiring diagram to reflect the changes and the certification documentation that comes with the approval.

BatcoTech can certify your equipment either at our shop or in the field.

Generator Installation

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Sizing of Generator for farming, residential and commercial applications.

A backup generator is an essential piece of equipment if you have power interruptions. The pictures attached are from a farmer in BC that depends on constant power to maintain ostrich incubators operating during power outages.

BatCO Tech was called in to wire and program the incubators and size and install the backup generator.

Some important factors to consider when looking to install a backup generator are:

  1. Fuel Type
  2. Location (indoor , outdoor, noise level, remote)
  3. Purpose and proposed use
  4. Power needed and loads
  5. Monitoring and Maintenance
  6. Electricity storage and battery banks
  7. Alternative sources of fuel (solar , wind)
When sizing a generator all the above factors need to be taken into account and also consider future need , growth and applications.

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