E+I Engineering supplied all modular power skids and fabricated frames for overhead services, switch room and data hall busbar including overhead containment and installation. E+I Engineering also had responsibility for full integration of OFCI free issue vendor equipment within the LV switchrooms.
As this was a large scale project, the skids were larger than standard sizing at approximately 4.8m in width which presented transportation challenge. Having had previous experience with large modular projects, E+I Engineering began a rigorous process of reviewing transport routes, confirming transport size restrictions through the appropriate route, and arranging relevant permits at the beginning of the project. Timely access to this information allowed the design team to proceed without risk of any significant design changes due to size.
Getting all equipment to fit onto a transportable skid required detailed planning and drawings, along with collaboration from all parties involved. As we were required to integrate third-party equipment onto the power skids, careful planning was required to ensure that the design was modelled on accurate equipment sizes and clearance requirements. BIM Modelling allowed us to layer in all equipment and review any potential clashes between switchroom services. This as-built approach to design streamlined the project approval process and site install, eliminating the need for rework on site due to unforeseen clashes or issues.
The modular power skids were constructed in E+I Engineering’s controlled factory setting, minimizing safety issues experienced with traditional data centre build. This environment facilitated a much more efficient QA/QC process and ultimately enabled the execution of extensive level 3 factory acceptance testing prior to delivery. This reduced the scale of on-site work required as all issues were resolved off-site and switch rooms were ready for installation on arrival to site.