Late last year, Vector Structural Engineers set up its 100,000th project on behalf of a client in the solar installation field. The company, whose solar division was created as a formal part of the organization only five years ago, is now recognized as a national and, with a growing presence in Canada, international leader in the solar energy industry.
“We joined the solar market a decade ago,” says Principal Engineer Jacob Proctor, “but we didn’t start solar projects in volume for several years. As we became known in the industry, the business started to grow dramatically – 100-fold in five years.”
The groundwork for Vector’s solar success was laid some fifteen years ago, when the company began to design its own highly interactive online project management system to serve the needs of their telecommunications industry clients. The firm’s IT group has developed a workflow automation template that quickly steps projects through careful review of all engineering issues and suggests cost- and performance-effective improvements. Projects are often turned around in 24-hours or less. Vector has since completed over 20,000 projects for telecommunications companies.
The system could be modified for other, similar sectors, so when the solar boom took off, Vector was ready. Its solar division now employs more than 40 engineers, has, as noted, reviewed over 100,000 projects for U.S. solar installers, which accounts for close to five percent of all U.S. solar installations.
“Engineering,” says Proctor, “is a relatively straightforward proposition. Our clients need two things from us: they need to know the project is sound, and they need to know it in a hurry. We’re proud of our young solar division and its ability to meet those two needs, and we look forward to growing along with the solar industry through the 2020s and beyond.” Click Here to view press release