CANUS Receives Gold Shovel Certification

Gold Shovel Certificate

Gold Shovel Certificate

CANUS Corporation is proud to announce that we have received PG&E Gold Shovel Standard Certification.

This first-of-its kind excavation safety program is designed to reduce dig-ins and protect PG&E’s underground gas and electric system. Safety being the first and highest priority, the Gold Shovel Standard Certification will ensure that PG&E’s hired contractors adhere to the safest excavation standards. Safe excavation prevents injuries, property damage, inconvenient outages, project delays and high costs.

PG&E developed the Gold Shovel Standard in accordance with California Government Code 4216 which governs excavation work in the state. Among other things, contractors must demonstrate that they call 811 before any excavation work begins to have underground lines located and marked by utility owners.

CANUS Corporation looks forward to working with PG&E and its affiliates to grow this program to be an industry standard, showing our commitment to ensuring public safety and effective damage prevention practices.

CANUS provides extensive Damage Prevention Standby Inspection Services within the Pipeline Inspection Services line of business offering.

EEI Diversity Conference

CALINC Services Banner

CALINC Services Banner from their booth.

CANUS Corporation proudly accompanied our Diversity Subcontractor CALINC Services to the EEI Supplier Diversity Conference held in New Mexico earlier this month.  There were many great presenters presenting interesting and innovative perspectives on the use of diversity spend within the Utility Industry.  CANUS and CALINC Services participated in the events excellent match making session to help foster both additional opportunities for utilities to source diverse labor as well as provide additional mentoring opportunities for additional diverse subcontractors.

Presenters representing the following utility companies set the tone for an excellent event:

  • PNM Resources
  • Duke Energy
  • First Energy
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Southern California Edison
  • APS
  • Entergy
  • PG&E

CANUS’s Safety Excellence Continued

CANUS EMR

CANUS EMR

CANUS continues their record of safety excellence through 2014 and moving into 2015.  CANUS continues to keep their Experience Modification Rate (EMR aka “Ex Mod”) well below the standard 1.0.  CANUS Continues to leverage their training facilities to front load employees with the tools and information required to perform their work scopes in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.  Employees of CANUS Corporation know that safety is a primary concern during all project activities.  CANUS Corporation realizes that to achieve zero accidents, every employee must be committed to knowing and using safe working practices.  This commitment also includes maintenance of a drug-free workplace and worker support for our no-drugs policy.

Along with hands on training and Operator Qualification training offered by CANUS to employees CANUS has also lead the way for Utility Contractors by the use of innovative online web based training (WBT) modules in industry specific topics.  The WBT that CANUS has spear headed allows for training any time/anywhere and limits the costs associated with mobilizing the entirety of  a Utility Contractor’s workforce to interact with a trainer.  CANUS is currently in the process of producing further client and industry specific WBT modules for CANUS employees along with other Utility Contractors and Client Employees.  Want to find out more?  Contact us.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: Distribution Line Pole Change Out

CANUS Corporation recently completed an electrical distribution line pole change out project.  CANUS line inspectors inspected the contractors’ work to change out old distribution line poles for newer ones to authenticate compliance with state guidelines for the client. CANUS acted as client representatives when inspecting the work and producing the proper work products and logs required to document the project activities.

CANUS inspected for visual pole integrity, asset management data discrepancies (including GPS location), cross arm angle and integrity, joint pole cable management, signage, vegetation clearance, insulator integrity, guy wire integrity,  etc.  CANUS completed the inspection duties on the distribution line pole change out project without incident well within the client’s budget. Continue Reading →

CANUS 2014 Diversity Spend Outperforms

CANUS Diversity Spend

CANUS Diversity Mentoring and Engagement continues to exceed client need.

CANUS Corporation continues on the outstanding diversity spend pace that our clients have come to expect.  Through CANUS’s Diversity Mentoring and Engagement programs in 2014 CANUS realized a 44% diversity spend.  Every dollar helped bring our clients’ tier 2 diversity spend closer to their overall goal to become compliant with the Public Utility Commission’s mandates.  CANUS continues the Culture of Continual Improvement by continuing to exceed our client’s needs while maintaining a superior standard of service.  To find out more about our tier 2 diversity services and programs please contact us.

 

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving from the CANUS Corporation family.  Our corporate offices will be closed on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th.  If you need to get a hold of us on those days please utilize our contact us form which we are always monitoring.  Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: SCADA Install

SCADA Diagram

SCADA Diagram

CANUS Corporation recently completed the modernization of a major public utility’s Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system monitoring all subsurface equipment within a certain communication loop.  CANUS assembled and then installed multiple sensor units, battery backup units, Remote Terminal Units (RTU), Programmable logic controller (PLCs), transceivers, switches, wiring, etc.  After the assembly and installation of the SCADA system CANUS also provided testing services to ensure proper system wide function and integration functionality.  The SCADA system allows for remote real time monitoring from a centralized human machine interface (HMI) and allows the utility to gain insights through the data collected.  In light of their findings and the control over the subsurface equipment the utility is empowered to more effectively provide service to their end users.  The CANUS team completed this scope of work on time and under budget with ZERO incidents or injuries.

CANUS’s Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis Has Been Published

CANUS’s White Paper has been published and is available for free via Scribd and Amazon Kindle.  Below you will find the Scribd publication embedded.  To download the white paper to your kindle just click the amazon kindle link below or sign in to https://kindle.amazon.com/ and search for “Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis”.

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Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategies

TVA Age Demographics

TVA Age Demographics

As the U.S. Federal reserve’s decision to taper quantitative easing (stimulus) spending the associated rising interest rates that have already been realized and are projected to continue rising will weigh heavily on the utility industry’s share prices.  Along with weak power demand and generation fundamentals that are eroding industry growth forecasts the utility industry has to be more and more focused on their costs of service (EEI Finance Committee, 2014).  Labor costs both internally and contracted make up a large portion of costs of goods sold.  As the utility industry’s core workforce of “baby boomers” begin to meet retirement age the ratio of the internal labor force to contract labor will continue to grow in favor of a contract workforce.  The line worker workforce expected to retire within the next five to ten years could approach 50% in certain organizations (U.S. Department of Energy, 2006).  This means that evaluating the best and most cost efficient way to utilize a contract workforce must be established.

Find out more about the cost comparisons of the different utility industry’s labor sourcing strategies here.