April 27, 2018

PMC Consulting

PMC Group One offers over 20 years of engineering expertise in Mission-Critical facility operations and maintenance, design, and training. With a focus on clean technologies, our engineering and design solutions augment energy security for the critical infrastructure that sustains our everyday way of life. We also apply our engineering expertise to provide up-to-date resources for educating tomorrow’s engineers.

Engineering Services

PMC Group One’s proactive mission critical engineering services focus on the unique requirements of your facility. Our expertise ranges from baseline designs to the inevitable maintenance and upgrades that will occur over the Mission-Critical facility lifecycle.

Mission Critical Engineering & Project Management

Implementing an effective maintenance and testing program is crucial to protect your critical applications and keep equipment in top working order. Predictive Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Reliability Centered Maintenance programs all play an important role in maximizing the reliability of electrical distribution & mechanical systems.

PMC Group One’s testing, evaluation, and commissioning offerings incorporate industry best practices for assessing mission-critical infrastructure effectiveness and efficiency. Our services identify system deficiencies and present recommendations for reliability, resiliency, and efficiency improvements.

  • Site Operations Assessment
  • Data Center MEP Physical Plant Condition Assessment
  • Reliability Assessment and Single-Point-of-Failure (SPOF) Study
  • Maintenance Practices Assessment
  • Technical Maintenance Program Development
  • Technical Maintenance Program Development
  • Data Center Work Practices Assessment
  • Commissioning

Mission Critical Documentation

You cannot solely rely on facility personnel to remember every little detail of increasingly sophisticated Mission Critical systems during an emergency. Clear detailed procedures can prevent careless mistakes during a critical event when personnel may not be able to think clearly.

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Emergency Operation Procedures (EOP)
  • Preventative Maintenance (PM) Programs
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals

Technical Maintenance Program Development

A Technical Maintenance Program is required at critical facilities to ensure all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) equipment is maintained to provide maximum reliability and operational efficiency.

  • Data Gathering and Organization
  • Maintenance Specifications
  • Job Plans and Maintenance Forms
  • Maintenance Frequencies Schedule
  • Maintenance Profile and Calendar

Data Center Work Practices

Formal policies and procedures including organizational charts, workflow diagrams and event escalation are essential in critical facility areas. Services include identifying voids in the current administrative structure and creating key operational documents.

Move Add Change (MAC) Process Management

IT professionals are faced with the unique problem that their equipment cannot be commissioned unless all infrastructure, including support systems, is in place and working properly. A disciplined Moves-Adds-Changes (MAC) Process ensures accurate documentation, sufficient UPS power, proper cooling levels, preservation of redundancy, and overall reliability as equipment and infrastructure is updated.

Performance Assessments

Site Operations Assessment

A complete analysis of the operational standards and management under practice such as existing infrastructure maintenance programs, operational procedures, documentation, technical vendors and service contracts.

Our Analysis identifies observed best practices, opportunities for improvement, and targeted action items intended to optimize the overall efficiency, continuous availability, safety, and reliability of the mission-critical infrastructure.

Data Center MEP Physical Plant Condition Assessment

Our complete assessment, survey, and analysis of existing infrastructure equipment will identify opportunities for improvement and provide specific recommendations. PMC Group One’s engineering team surveys the facilities MEP support infrastructure (i.e. electrical, mechanical, fire & control systems) and evaluates each specific system and/or component based on observed conditions including utilized capacity, or equipment that is operating past its useful life.

Reliability Assessment and Single Point of Failure Study

Survey facility for physical attributes and existing conditions that can affect the operation of the facility and interrupt the production environment contained therein. Examine the electrical, mechanical, and control design drawings and identify single points of failure, explain the risk, potential effect, and make mitigation recommendations.

Maintenance Practices Survey Assessment

Identify areas where improvement will provide the greatest support for effectively and efficiently maintaining and operating a high reliability environment and to gain a higher level of analysis, assuring that the critical infrastructure is maintained and properly operated against unforeseen conditions.

The results of the assessment will review the dependability of the current maintenance program, recommend best practices, identify site specific requirements and expose potential deficiencies in labor performances that could otherwise encumber the overall maintainability of the facility.

Short Circuit, Coordination & Arc Flash Studies

Short-Circuit, Protective Device Coordination Studies, and Arc-Flash Hazard Analyses must be performed per the requirements in NFPA 70E. Our experienced engineers will work closely with facility personnel to provide an accurate and complete analysis.

Short Circuit Study

A Short Circuit Study (SCS) is required to establish minimum equipment ratings for power system components to withstand the mechanical and thermal stresses that occur during a fault as mandated by article 110.9 of the National Electric Code (NEC). Also required by the NEC are nameplate markings of the short circuit ratings on equipment. These include industrial control panels (409.110), industrial machinery (670.3[A]), HVAC equipment (440.4[B]), meter disconnect switches (230.82[3]), and motor controllers (430.8).

Coordination Study

The goal of a protective device coordination study is to determine overcurrent device settings that maximize selectivity and power system reliability while minimizing the potential incident energy. In a well-coordinated protective device scheme, faults are cleared by the nearest upstream protective device, minimizing interruption to the affected equipment.

Arc Flash Study

An arc flash is a ball of fire resulting from an electrical fault. Recognition of this hazard has increased emphasis on safety standards and is changing the traditional approach to maintenance and repair. An Arc Flash Study is required by NFPA 70E to establish the arc flash hazard level and the PPE required when working at electrical equipment. The code also requires that arc flash labels be attached to all panels in the electrical distribution system.

IR Scanning & Reporting

A thermographic survey pinpoints abnormally hot electrical components using an infrared camera. The infrared camera provides a non-contact, non-destructive temperature measurement and high-resolution image quality on energized equipment with load. Thermal anomalies identified by our surveys can be caused by factors such as overloaded equipment and loose connections. PMC Group One’s detailed analysis provides recommendations for assessing anomalies.

Consulting

Education & Training Services

We offer four types of Educational & Training Services depending on your specific requirements. We are a registered provider and sponsor for P.E.’s Professional Development Hours (PDH), as approved by The State Education Department of New York and The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) under the Registered Continuing Education Providers Program (RCEPP) for all other states.

Customized Onsite Training

We offer customized, onsite training programs that allow us to provide you with the most relevant developments in safety for today’s Mission Critical industry. PMC’s on-site training courses focus on fundamental components, procedures, technologies, and issues that assist in effectively managing a Mission Critical facility as well as reducing human error.

Topics that have been extensively updated throughout PMC Group One’s years of experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Arc Flash
  • Electrical Safety Regulations and Standards
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Free Workspace and Motor Disconnecting Means

Maintaining Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment

This proven guide, authored by Peter Curtis, CEO of PMC Group One, offers a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of Mission Critical systems, which are designed to maintain ultra-high reliability, availability, and resiliency of electrical, mechanical, and digital systems and eliminate costly downtime.

DCProfessional

DCProfessional is working closely with professional bodies and industry associations around the world to make sure that its products and services meet the increasingly important educational demands of a high-impact industry sector.

DCProfessional

In 2011 PMC Group merged its sixteen online courses with DatacenterDynamics, creating a new company, DCProfessional Development. DCProfessional combines the global network of DatacenterDynamics, a leading information provider to the data center market, with the intellectual property and training pedigree of PMC Group to create a unique training and certification services company with a unique global reach.

DCP’s online classes coupled with PMC Group’s onsite training, customized for your companies needs, will contribute to the overall understanding of your specific Mission Critical Facilities Engineering needs and address associated problems in this industry.

Educational Partners

In addition to our other educational offerings, PMC’s President/CEO Peter M. Curtis teaches mission critical facilities continuing education courses at both NYIT and Marist, having done so for the past 14 years. The NYIT courses are titled “Facilities Operation and Maintenance” and “Seminar in New Products and Technology.” The Marist course is titled “Advanced Facilities Management”, taught as part of the Marist Institute for Data Center Professionals Data Center Education program.

Education