At Beta Engineering, we’re dedicated to our industry. By maintaining a strong presence on top engineering committees across the country, our team always stays up-to-date on new developments and helps shape what it means to be an engineer.
Our VP of civil engineering, Ross Twidwell, is one of our most active participants in industry committees.
Shaping the Future Through Committee Representation
With over a decade of industry experience, Ross is well equipped to help plan the future of engineering. His involvement in several subcommittees expands his knowledge and helps him direct Beta in new, promising directions.
Ross and Beta Engineering have served on a variety of subcommittees for both IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), including:
1. Subcommittee 605 — The guide for bus design in air-insulated substations
2. Subcommittee 693 — For the recommended practice for seismic design for substations
3. Subcommittee 1527 – Helping recommend best practices for the design of flexible bus work, especially in seismically active areas
4. Subcommittee 113 – the American Society of Civil Engineers committee for substations’ structural design guide
Ross’ dedication to IEEE, the world’s leading association for technological advancement and innovation, is a strong representation of Beta Engineering’s mission to educate its employees and build the highest quality projects possible.
About Ross Twidwell
Ross has worked at Beta for more than 15 years. He holds a professional engineering license in addition to a number of accolades and committee positions. His current position as Vice President of Civil Engineering has helped him take Beta into a new frontier.
Committee Involvement and Purpose
The various committees that Ross serves meet throughout the year to discuss current standards in the engineering industry, especially as they relate to substations. Each committee continually re-evaluates its strategy and industry standards.
Each committee is comprised of a healthy cross section of industry experts who discuss industry standards, how they can be improved, and how they can move the industry forward. Other engineers like Ross, as well as specialists, industry consultants and manufacturers evaluate processes and technologies to ensure that they represent current best practices.
The purpose of these committees is to allow everyone in the industry an opportunity to get involved in the design process across a helpful timeline. Generally, there’s a five-year window where standards are revised, improved, and reissued.
Why this is Critical for Beta
Beyond simply being abreast of current changes in the industry as standards are rewritten, Beta is proud to have people like Ross take part in the change directly. Our participation empowers us to stay ahead of the curve and to understand the rationale behind updated practices and technologies. We can then relay this information to our clients - the ‘what’ is one thing…the ‘why’ is priceless.
We hope to keep improving the engineering field as we continue to expand the arsenal of knowledge and service that we offer to our clients.