Single-Line Diagram Development

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The single-line diagram is the blueprint for electrical system analysis. It is the first step in preparing a critical response plan, allowing you to become thoroughly familiar with the electrical distribution system layout and design in your facility.

Whether you have a new or existing facility, the single-line diagram is the vital roadmap for all future testing, service and maintenance activities. As such, the single-line diagram is like a balance sheet for your facility and provides a snapshot of your facility at a moment in time. It needs to change as your facility changes to ensure that your systems are adequately protected.

An effective single-line diagram will clearly show how the main components of the electrical system are connected, including redundant equipment and available spares. It shows a correct power distribution path from the incoming power source to each downstream load – including the ratings and sizes of each piece of electrical equipment, their circuit conductors, and their protective devices.

In many process facilities, loads are continually added or removed in small increments. The net effect is not always seen until some part of the system becomes overloaded or exhibits other problems. Many times circuits are added without appropriate modifications of the standard settings on the associated upstream circuit breakers. Regardless of which protective devices you use, they must be coordinated with regard to their time/current curves and with each other. The single-line diagram provides the roadmap to enable proper design of equipment, redundancy, and protection.

NFPA-70E requirements mandate accurate, up-to-date single-line diagrams.
To meet these requirements, Emerson can conduct a comprehensive site survey to develop single-line diagrams for your facility or to update existing diagrams.  Including:

  • Inventory of equipment
  • Verify existence of as-built drawings and that they are adequately available
  • Verify process is in place that ensures the as-built drawings are maintained in a current condition
  • Confirm loads connected to emergency/standby feeders
  • Verify potential single points of failure
  • Evaluate design redundancy of critical systems (N, N+1, N+2...) and whether all critical equipment can be maintained without a shutdown
  • Report that outlines the findings by site along with recommended actions
  • Update customer-provided single-line drawings down to the 480V Distribution Switchboards
  • Provide a copy of single-line electrical diagram in AutoCAD format
  • Post as-built drawings at each facility

An up-to-date single-line diagram is vital for a variety of service activities including:

  • Short circuit calculations
  • Coordination studies
  • Load flow studies
  • Safety evaluation studies
  • All other engineering studies
  • Electrical safety procedures
  • Efficient maintenance