GEOG 469
Energy Industry Applications of GIS

Lesson 12 - Siting Plan Review

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An Overview of Lesson 12

Prior to a project's final approval, it must be approved internally by upper management. Project managers will present their project to the committee, explaining why the project is needed, how the transmission line corridors were selected, and how the final choice for the planned route was selected. In addition, the financial, environmental, and public impact costs will be explained. Once this information is analyzed by the selection committee, the committee will make a recommendation on whether the project should move forward. If the project is selected to move forward, it will then be recommended to the company executives for planning approval and financing. Once final approval is granted, the project manager will schedule a series of meetings for review by citizens, governmental officials, and private business to review and comment. The comments and recommendations will be incorporated into the overall plan, and the plan will be submitted to the public utility commission for review and approval.

What will we learn in Lesson 12?

Your goal in this lesson is to move from the perspective of the project manager to that of a member of the site selection committee. As a committee member, you will evaluate another student's presentation of the project description, final routing process, public participation plan, presentation organization, appearance, and verbal delivery. You will provide the student a summary of your evaluation with any recommendations you want to make.

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • determine the goals of a presentation;
  • identify both good and bad points of presentations;
  • determine if a presentation stays on topic;
  • provide critical, professional feedback on presentation style and delivery; and
  • critically evaluate a siting plan.

What is due for Lesson 12?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

  • Submit a formal critique of another student's presentation using the scoring rubric provided.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.