- Project Management
- Preliminary Surveying
- Construction Staking
- Environmental Permitting
- GIS Mapping
- As-Built Surveys
The demanding schedule and unique challenges of the Harvest pipeline projects required not just industry expertise, but also the use of cutting-edge technology, exceptional project management, and outstanding team collaboration.
The projects included approximately 240 miles of new pipeline located in south Texas and was made up of seven separate projects, ranging from the 1-mile Patsy Clark to the 142-mile Gardendale line. The complicated timeframe for these multiple projects required the completion of planning, permitting, design, engineering, construction management, and inspection. The client turned to Westwood to help them get the pipeline completed and operational, safely and according to schedule.
A Complex Timeline with a Need for Speed
From the beginning, the Harvest pipeline projects were on an aggressive timeline, which was greatly affected by routing issues. Frequently, midstream pipeline projects lack the right to imminent domain, meaning pipeline must be placed according to the wishes of the landowner. As negotiations can potentially increase both cost and construction time, it was vital that Westwood remained flexible and adaptable in a landowner-centric process.
By leveraging the most current technology and expertise of survey and GIS staff, Westwood was able to anticipate routing issues and share valuable electronic data as needed.
Bay Crossing and Advanced Permitting Work
An estimated $45 million of additional earnings was generated by the client as the result of early pipeline operations enabled by speedy permitting.
In particular, crossing through one of the wider portions of Corpus Christi’s Nueces Bay presented a unique permitting challenge for the Gardendale pipeline. The sensitivity surrounding such a prominent body of water inhabited by protected species was great, and the work on the open bay needed to be completed before the winter storm season.
Westwood’s Environmental team came up with an efficient and creative solution by applying for a national dredging permit specifically for the bay crossing part of the line. The team was able to apply and receive approval for this dredging permit in approximately half the estimated time, resulting in real value for the client.
A Team in the Truest Sense of the Word
Throughout the course of this project, Westwood professionals worked with land agents, contractors, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, and archeologists in order to provide comprehensive service to the client. Communication with such a diverse group of partners and vendors could not have happened without a multi-service team willing to work together, often at a moment’s notice, and potentially round the clock. By mobilizing a group consisting of field crews, engineers, environmental scientists, project managers, and GIS technicians, Westwood was able to create the best solutions for the job.