DES Engineering Ltd. was incorporated in 1983, in the Province of Alberta. We originally provided engineering design and construction management services for primary and secondary overhead and underground power distribution systems for residential, commercial and industrial green field projects in the Edmonton Power (now Epcor) franchise area. This also included the design and installation management of the City’s roadway, walkway and parkway illumination systems. In 1998, we expanded our service area to include the Fortis Alberta franchise area and in 2005 to include the Atco Electric franchise area.
Since conception, we are very pleased to say our services have expanded to include municipal engineering, lift stations, various control structures, urban roadway illumination, highway illumination, traffic signalization, renewable energy systems such as solar power systems CHP, district energy, smart and micro grid distribution design. More recently we are also undertaking communications and fiber optic designs. Additionally, our field services division offers power systems testing as well as commissioning and preventative maintenance services.
The value of our relationships with land developers, civil engineering firms, utility companies and communications providers is immeasurable. As a direct result of these relationships we have had the opportunity to design a favorable percentage of the new lot developments and associated electrical work within the Edmonton and Greater Capital Regions.
Through our volunteering and our commitment to volunteer boards and committees, we are fully dedicated to the industry. We are active members of the Urban Development Institute’s (UDI) Greater Edmonton and Alberta Chapters. Our involvements include:
- Chair of the Shallow Utility Committee for both the UDI Greater Edmonton and Alberta Chapters.
- Treasurer of the UDI New Horizons Committee
- Municipal Standards Review Committees for a multitude of locations, including The City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Beaumont, Leduc, Lloydminster and St. Albert.
In addition to the committee work, since inception, DES has been providing consulting services to municipalities and utilities throughout Alberta, to assist in developing standards related to each specific utility franchise agreement requirements. With our extensive knowledge of the utility turn-key process, engineering design standards, labor costs and material costs, DES provides comprehensive, efficient and cost effective solutions to our clients.