Oil Fused Cutout Replacement Program

ControlPoint Technologies provides engineering, design and project management services the removal of over 150 Oil Fused Cutouts (OFC) in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Replacing the OFC’s with pad mounted and/or submersible switches (ranging from 2-4 sources, 2-4 fused positions) will increase worker safety and circuit reliability while reducing outage time.

The project includes the replacement of direct buried cables with new conduit and cable.  ControlPoint is responsible for working with private property owners and securing easements for the installation of the new conduit and cable on all properties involved with each replacement.  The successful negotiations have resulted in several dozen easements being granted and will provide more reliable distribution to hundreds of homes.

Throughout the design, ControlPoint is responsible for gathering and incorporating all underground utility plans, performing field measurement and verification.  ControlPoint prepares documents and sketches for manhole survey crews. This information is then analyzed and incorporated info final design plans to include civil conduit plans and electrical one-lines.

ControlPoint is responsible for securing city council approval, preparing civil bid packages, requesting and attending construction review and pre-bid meetings, creating work orders for all electrical work, and providing construction support throughout the installation.

Dividing the various projects between multiple design teams has allowed ControlPoint to make the most use of its experience and expertise while keeping tight control on schedule and attention to detail.  This approach enables the design team to quickly respond to the unique challenges of each project.

The aggressive schedule for the removal of OFC’s on several primary feeders has been a welcome challenge to ControlPoint.  Being the central design and coordination consultant has allowed ControlPoint to manage schedule as well as make the most use of the experience across the design teams.