SPIDERS Phase III Microgrid Construction
Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Philadelphia District
Client Needs and Requirements:
The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstratation for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program was a three phased, sequenced progression of demonstrations to protect the critical infrastructure of our military installations from natural and deliberate threats. Phase 3 of SPIDERS was a highly complex project that’s end goal was to turn the entire installation of Camp H.M. Smith into a first of its kind, cyber-secure, Smart micro-grid, capable of providing uninterrupted service without dependence on the utility provider.
Challenges and ISI’s Response:
This was a HIGHLY complex, first of its kind installation that required extensive collaboration and scheduling with several key stakeholders that consisted of the United States Corps of Engineers (USACE), Marine Design Center (MDC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and Hawaiian Electric Industries Incorporated (HECO). ISI supported these coordinated efforts by placing an on-site team of professionals and a dedicated Project Management team in Atlanta, GA. There were reoccurring weekly meetings and numerous other coordination & preparatory meetings to ensure proper scheduling with all parties were successfully executed, project delivery was successful, and the coordination of multiple contractors & trades executed efforts were successfully made.
This project was a success and the first Department of Defense (DoD) project to implement an installation scale microgorid and also the first to receive first full Approval To Operate (ATO) for cyber secure operations. The project earned the “2015 Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Team of the Year Award.”
This project was awarded as a Design-Bid-Build Contract with Burns & McDonnell acting as the Designer of Record (DOR). ISI was the prime contractor for USACE and was responsible for the overall equipment & materials procurement, fuel system design, retaining wall design, all construction execution, scheduling & coordination with numerous key stakeholders, and client/end-user interface.