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By: Corbu Consulting  09-12-2011
Keywords: Engineering, Project Management, water resources

Corbu Consulting has established strategic alliances with third party companies and has formed with them a team of professionals to enable a wide range of specific and integrated multi-disciplinary services to its clients.
A team of over 40 specialists, made up of engineers, scientists, computer developers and technicians is available to provide specialized services. Together, they have pertinent professional experience of more than 700 person-years. More than 50% of the core team members have postgraduate degrees, with 18% at the Ph. D. level. A summary of the expertise provided by the team is shown below:
Our team includes engineers with Project Management Professional certification. They will work with our client's staff to ensure that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and with client satisfaction. Our skills will enhance your organization capability to execute your strategic vision and be a winner in today's highly competitive market.
  • Project Initiation;
  • Project Planning;
  • Project Execution;
  • Project Control;
  • Project Closure.
Hydroelectric power development involves interaction with, and authorizations from, numerous government agencies. Our team helps clients by providing the following services:
  • Project Coordination;
  • Client Representation;
  • Liaison with Government and Regulatory Agencies;
  • Negotiation Support.
Team members offer a wide scope of water resources planning and engineering services. These services include:
  • Integrated Watershed Planning;
  • Hydrologic & Hydraulic Modeling;
  • Water Resources Systems Simulations;
  • Real-time Flood Forecasting;
  • Flood Damage Assessments;
  • Floodplain Mapping;
  • Shoreline Studies;
  • Natural Channel Design.
Team members have significant Canadian and International experience in Hydrometric Planning and Monitoring. They offer:
  • Planning of Hydrometric Monitoring Networks;
  • Installation and Operation of Hydrometric Gauges;
  • Taking of Hydrometric Flow Measurements;
  • Telemetry, Manipulation and Dissemination of Sensed Time Series Data;
  • Computation of Hydrometric Data to Accepted Standards.
Team members provide considerable experience in hydropower optimization. They offer:
  • Optimal Planning of Hydropower Production;
  • Optimal Planning of Water Allocation among Multiple Users of Storage Facilities with Hydropower Production;
  • Optimal Short-Term Operation of Hydropower Systems.
Team members provide Small Hydro services from project concept through to implementation. These services include:
  • Feasibility Studies;
  • Design;
  • Specifications Preparation;
  • Contracting;
  • Supervision of Construction and Equipment Installation;
  • Testing of Plant Operation and its Systems;
  • Plant Maintenance.
The team has extensive experience guiding clients through the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and other federal, provincial and territorial environmental legislation, regulations and requirements. The team has completed numerous environmental impact assessment studies and environmental field monitoring programs associated to the development and operation of hydropower facilities. The team provides:
  • Multi-disciplinary Environmental Impact Assessments, with Expertise in Aquatic and Fisheries Biology, Water Quality and Toxicology;
  • Small to Large-scale Environmental Field Monitoring Programs.
The team provides a wide range of technical GIS expertise applicable to the development of new hydroelectric projects or expansion of existing hydropower facilities. The team has access to multiple data sources including the Ontario Waterpower Information Data Exchange, and uses leading GIS Vendor software packages including Intergraph, MapInfo, and ESRI. The team has implemented multiple enterprise GIS solutions for large organizations on National, Provincial/State, and local scales, and provides the following services:
  • GIS Consulting;
  • Base Data Provisioning:
    • Topography: Hydrology; vegetation; watersheds; utility corridors; road networks; etc.
    • Soils;
    • Geological Information;
    • Land Use / Zoning;
    • Ortho-photography and Satellite Imagery;
    • Legal and Administrative Boundaries: Federal and Provincial Governments; Municipal; First Nations; Hydropower; Parks; etc.
    • Property Boundaries and Associated Tenant / Owner Information;
  • Site / Field Mobile Data Collection Services;
  • Survey Data Integration and Analysis;
  • Digital Elevation Models;
  • GIS Support for Engineering Analysis;
  • GIS Support for Screening under the Environmental Assessment Act;
  • GIS Support for Electricity Market Assessment Analysis;
  • Custom GIS Application Development; and
  • GIS Corporate System Integration.
Probabilistic price forecasts (Views) for Canada and USA energy markets (electricity, natural gas and coal) are available to support proponents and owners of hydroelectric facilities for project financing, contract due diligence analysis, refurbishing / expanding / re-developing existing generating facilities, and risk management. The team offers:Mid-term forecasts:
  • 24-month Forward Prices;
  • Monthly Updates;
  • Monthly Average Prices (24 hour, and on/off peak for electricity);
  • Probabilistic Distributions and Confidence Levels;
  • Explanation of Price Drivers;
  • Written Report with Explanation of Price Drivers and Excel File with Output Data.
Long-term forecast:
  • Up to 30 years forward prices;
  • Semi-annual updates;
  • Annual average prices (on/off peak for electricity);
  • Probabilistic distributions and confidence levels;
  • Fully consistent with the Mid-Term forecast;
  • Written report with extended discussion on price drivers and market outlook;
  • Excel file with output data.
The team has the capability to design, develop and support innovative custom software solutions to meet our clients’ unique business processes and requirements. Technological capabilities include:
Languages and ScriptingDatabases and ToolsMark-upsMethodologies and Protocols
  • VB .NET
  • ASP .NET
  • C/C++/C#
  • .NET 2.0 and 3.0
  • Javascript
  • Java
  • JSP
  • PHP
  • VBScript
  • Perl
  • SQL Server 2000
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • ERWin
  • TCP/IP
  • UDP
  • Smart Client Applications
  • Connected Systems
  • GDI+
  • UML
  • Tablet PC SDK
The team can improve your ability to finance hydroelectric projects by streamlining the development process, minimizing costs and maximizing returns to ensure the achievement of your vision and goals. The team boasts over 40 years of combined financial experience and has successfully assisted in raising over $1.5 billion for independent power projects and corporate financing. Services provided include:
  • Financial modeling and sensitivity analysis;
  • Financial risk analysis;
  • Loan optimization analysis;
  • Strategic, market and financial planning;
  • Arrangement of capital.
Team members can provide peer reviews in the following subject areas:
  • Computer-Based Decision Support Systems for Hydropower Generation and Reservoir Operation;
  • Hydrologic and Water Resources Studies.
Team members can provide training to engineering practitioners on the following subjects:
  • Computer-Based Decision Support Systems for Hydropower Generation and Reservoir Operation;
  • Operational Hydrology;
  • Public participation for water resources decision-making that includes hydropower generation;
  • Hydrometric Training (for technologists).
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Engineering, Project Management, water resources

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