Residential, Commercial and Industrial Power Distribution

DES Engineering specializes in the design and project management of underground power distribution networks for new residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions. We have an unsurpassed understanding of each utility’s standards and turn-key processes, which yields overall faster approval times and less site errors. As well, with our positive working relationships with a multitude of contracting companies, we have a thorough understanding of construction techniques, labor costs and material costs.

The value of our relationships with land developers and engineering consultants is immeasurable. It is because of these relationships we have had the opportunity to design the power distribution and street lighting systems for a significant portion of the urban and rural subdivisions that have been built in Edmonton and the Greater Capital Region over the past 37 years. If you have a new land servicing project, we would be happy to assist you in bringing it to life.


Traffic Signals

DES Engineering offers a team that is traffic signal design level II certified with the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). Our services include traffic signal warrants, full intersection signalization, modifications, timing adjustments and network coordination studies. We also have the ability to gather and interpret traffic counts for intersections where data may not be readily available. If you have a project that requires traffic signal design or project management, DES would be happy to provide you with a solution.


Roadway and Area Lighting

DES Engineering has been providing Illumination engineering services to clients throughout Alberta for over 25 years. Throughout that time we have built strong relationships with our clients by providing cost efficient and superior engineering design and construction management services. Having worked on everything from large scale systems interchanges and local residential roads to sports fields and statues, our illumination team is un-paralleled with experience in:

  • Roadway lighting
  • LED lighting
  • High mast lighting
  • Recreational lighting
  • Area lighting
  • Architectural lighting


Utility Distribution Consulting

DES Engineering provides utilities with the opportunity to increase their service and project design capacity to meet customer and regulatory commitments within their service boundaries. Our team brings a collective electrical utility experience of over 100 years and offers comprehensive skills for project design and construction management services. These relate to underground and overhead power distribution for new residential, commercial, and industrial services along with asset maintenance programs involving replacement of cables, switching cubicles, and transformers.

Since 2010, DES Engineering has completed over 1000 utility customer connections, over 30 kilometres of utility cable replacement on over 23 circuits in the Edmonton region, and countless infrastructure projects ranging from residential connections to downtown primary service reconfigurations.

As well, our staff are trained in the use of various CAD, GIS, and work management systems bringing further value to utility clients. DES can provide on-site or off-site services depending on the requirements of the client.


Communications Design


DES provides design services for state of the art high speed fibre optic distribution networks, in both green field and brown field applications. As a result of our numerous relationships developed through our years of power distribution design we can provide a one stop shop for all telecom designs. When combing a telecom design with a power distribution design the benefits are amplified. This design concept gives DES the advantage of using a joint use trench to its optimum capabilities at the first onset of any land development project in providing the most cost effective design and installation package. Our design team offers additional services such as underground line assignments, pipeline, railroad, gas and power line easement crossings. The present DES telecom design team has a combined 70 years of experience in the design of traditional copper networks, duct systems and fibre distribution. They have built and maintained working relationships with a team of stakeholders that include utilities, municipalities, consultants, developers and contractors within the land development industry.


Green Solutions


DES Engineering is proud to provide green energy options to assist clients in meeting the recent government mandates for renewable and alternative energy. From LED lighting and photovoltaic modules (PV) to horizontal micro grid design, DES has done it all. Recent designs and construction management include a 19 acre horizontal 13.8kV micro grid distribution system utilizing combined heat and power (CHP) natural gas fired generators. Relationships with the power utility made it possible to arrange a backup connection to the franchise utility and two way metering.  Additional provisions were designed for future PV module connection to the micro grid. DES has also provided small scale wind and PV generation designs for entry features, information parks, and storm water management areas in a number of our residential developments.  Looking ahead, we are motivated to work with clients on providing sustainable energy solutions in our existing and future communities.

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