Black & Veatch re-establishes plant information for Alliant Energy

Kansas City, Mo., January 13, 2002 — Black & Veatch announced has completed two recent projects for Interstate Power and Light (IP&L), the Iowa utility subsidiary of Alliant Energy, an international energy holding company.

The projects re-established the equipment databases of all major plant equipment at its Burlington Generating Station, located in Burlington, Iowa, and M.L. Kapp Generating Station, located in Clinton, Iowa. The projects also provided as-built Piping & Instrumentation Drawings and Electrical One-Line Drawings, delivered in full vector AutoCAD® format, for the first time since the facilities were built nearly 30 years ago.

Through improved access to reliable information, this effort will increase plant operation and maintenance (O&M) efficiencies and increase safety for plant personnel.

The projects required Black & Veatch professionals to physically walk down both plants, capturing more than 13,000 pieces of information relating to major mechanical and electrical equipment. Once gathered, the information was delivered to the owner and then imported into IP&L’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) – the central repository for all plant maintenance data.

“Keeping plant documentation current is a strategic and time-sensitive business activity,” said Black & Veatch Project Manager Andy Carroll. “When plant equipment breaks down, the inability to quickly find the right documentation or the right part to make needed repairs can result in costly waste, lost production and, in extreme cases, injuries to plant personnel.”

Traditionally, plants have had a difficult time keeping their plant documentation information current. Maintaining current plant information requires proper work processes to capture, approve, update, track and post revised information. This is particularly true of the many upgrades and retrofits that have been constructed in both IP&L plants over the years.

“Black & Veatch presented us with an accurate, timely and cost-effective solution to our documentation needs,” said Burlington Plant Manager Ken Wilmot. “With Black & Veatch’s contribution to our CMMS implementation, we foresee our plants reaching increased levels of O&M efficiency.”

Many utilities have implemented extensive plant document and data management systems that contain worthwhile functions for controlling plant information, but lack the plant’s critical core information. These utilities usually do not have the time or resources to collect and assess the accuracy of their O&M data and documents, so many of the systems are underused because of a lack of trust. This has resulted in increased demand for reliable and trusted plant information.

“In response to utilities’ increasing demand for this vital service, Black & Veatch has developed a multi-tiered approach to creating accurate information that provides a solid foundation for a plant to move forward with documentation of its core components,” said Carroll. “Our methodology includes creating and/or verifying an asset database that includes a complete inventory of all equipment and its attributes, augmenting the database with procurement attributes, conducting an inventory of stocked spares and parts for major equipment with digital images for each, and re-creating critical as-built drawings in AutoCAD format.”

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked 78th on the Forbes “500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S.” listing for 2002. The company’s Web site address is

About Alliant Energy Corp.

Alliant Energy is an energy services provider that serves more than 3 million customers worldwide. Providing its more than 1.3 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin with electricity and natural gas service remains the company’s primary focus. Its service territory covers 54,000 square miles and includes 9,700 miles of electric transmission lines and 8,000 miles of natural gas main.

Other key business platforms include the international energy market and nonregulated domestic generation. Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

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