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Sunrise Powerlink delivers award for engineer

The Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, completed last year, recently helped the Kansas City-based engineering firm Burns & McDonnell emerge with the highest honors at the American Council of Engineering Companies of California’s 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards.

The awards banquet was held in Sacramento in late February, with Burns & McDonnell, which also has an office in San Diego, receiving the Golden State Award for its work as owner's engineer for the transmission line project.

Burns & McDonnell provided engineering service to San Diego Gas & Electric through the Sunrise Powerlink’s construction, as well as permitting support, procurement and construction support, environmental monitoring and reporting, and web-based 3-D monitoring of construction progress, the firm said in a Wednesday release.

Energized in summer 2012 after 18 months of construction, the Sunrise Powerlink spans 117 miles across mountain and desert terrain east of San Diego, and connects SDG&E’s local network to energy projects in the Imperial Valley.

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