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Design Services

Providing fully integrated services for the design to energization life cycle.

Fully Integrated Design Services

We are the strategic partner of choice for utilities as they plan and execute multi-year capital investment programs. We provide seamless discovery, communications and proposal activities that illustrate our industry-leading know-how and ease our customer’s journey through expert project design, build and management services. We are a dynamic team of early-career design professionals and experienced industry leaders, allowing us to develop innovative, efficient outcomes for our customers. When you partner with us, you get maximum visibility to all facets of your work with comprehensive data reporting throughout, assuring expedient progress and safe, reliable completion of your project as budgeted.

A Wide Range of Design Services

Distribution Design

  • Deteriorated Pole Replacement
  • OH to UG Conversions
  • OH/UG Equipment Install/Replacement
  • Residential/Commercial New Services
  • New Feeder Circuits
  • Circuit Automation
  • PLS & AutoCAD Design
  • Emergency Support
  • Distribution Automation
  • Cable & Switch Replacement
  • Heavy UG Duct Lines
  • OG/UG Relocations
  • Circuit Reliability
  • Reconductor Programs
  • Circuit Voltage Cutovers
  • Pole-Load Analysis
  • Joint-Use “Make Ready” Services
  • Route Diversity Improvements

Transmission Engineering

  • Deteriorated Pole Replacement
  • Line Siting & Location
  • Sag & Tension Analysis
  • NERC Compliance
  • Lidar Full Line Acquisition
  • Advanced PLS-CADD Modeling

Substation Engineering

  • Brown/Greenfield Substation Design
  • Substation Automation
  • Grounding System and Studies
  • Protection & Control
  • Substation Layout & Site Design
  • Substation Layout & Site Design
  • Conduit & Cable Systems
  • Arc Flash Studies
  • Fiber OSP Design

Advanced Drafting Services

  • PLS CADD Drafting
  • Large-Scale Base Mapping
  • In-field Job Walks
  • Traffic Control Plans
  • 3D Mapping
  • Base Map Verification
  • Profile & Construction Details

Survey and Land Services

  • Construction Survey & Staking
  • GIS Mapping
  • Boundary Services
  • LiDAR
  • Parcel/ROW Research, Permitting & Acquisition
  • GPS Survey
  • Topographical Surveys
  • ROW Survey
  • Aerial Mapping

Asset Management

  • Visual Circuit Inspection
  • Ground Line Pole Inspection/Treatment
  • Pole Numbering and Tagging
  • URD Pad-mounted Transformer Inspection
  • Worst Performing Circuit Audits
  • Substation Inspection
  • Streetlight Inspections and Inventory
  • NERC Compliance Audits
  • Aerial Drone Inspections
  • Mapping and GIS Support
  • Storm Assessment and Patrol
  • Turnkey Construction Management
  • Post Construction Audits
  • Infrared Inspections
  • Vegetation Management & Planning
  • Manhole Inspections

Meet the Team

Alyx Galan

Alyx Galan is Vice President of Distribution Design and Support Services. In this role, Alyx leads the design and engineering division that provides fully integrated services for the design to energization life cycle on behalf of its utility clients.

Alyx brings to UDS 23 years of industry-leading experience with a proven track record in achieving or exceeding safety, revenue growth, and profitability metrics within the highly competitive and rapidly changing high voltage electric utility environments. Most recently he led the formation of Quanta Utility Engineering Services (QUES) through the consolidation of four existing distribution, transmission, substation, engineering, and professional services business units within the company portfolio. In that capacity, he expanded lines of service, achieved significant year-over-year revenue growth, significantly impacted the division’s safety performance, established a national footprint, and grew the organization to more than 1,000 employees. Prior to QUES, Alyx held various positions of increasing responsibility with PAR Electrical Contractors, including the establishment of their distribution design/engineering group in Southern California.

Alyx holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from California Lutheran University.

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Eric Fishe, PMP®

Eric Fishe is Director of Engineering. In this role, he is responsible for design and engineering development, with a focus on creating a seamless client experience and bridging the gap between construction and design.

Eric has more than 25 years of experience in the utility business specializing in designing distribution, transmission, and substation systems. Prior to UDS, Eric spent 18 years with Quanta, culminating in the role of Director of Design and Engineering for the Midwest Region of QUES, a portfolio company. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility including Planning Supervisor and Professional Project Manager.

During his career, Eric has designed and facilitated complex, large-scale utility programs, including large overhead to underground conversions, deteriorated pole replacement programs, large-scale joint-use operations, FEMA restoration programs, rural hardening programs, and large manhole and conduit systems in complex environments. A proven people leader, Eric also trained various public utility personnel on best design practices and methods for maximum efficiency and accuracy using various software programs.

Eric is a certified Project Management Professional ® and a graduate of TAD Technical Institute.

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Kyle Nealon, PE

Kyle Nealon is the Lead Engineer. In this role, he applies his extensive engineering expertise to advance the goals of UDS’ utility and power service provider partners. Kyle brings to the position more than a decade of utility engineering and design experience, with an extensive customer portfolio across the electric, gas, and telecom sectors.  He also champions a safety and quality first mindset.

Kyle is a licensed Professional Engineer in 27 states. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas.

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