Minnkota chooses Aconex to support power transmission project

Minnkota Power Cooperative selected Aconex to support the Center to Grand Forks (CGF) Project, which involves the construction of a 250-mile high-voltage transmission line from central North Dakota to Grand Forks. The Aconex online collaboration platform was chosen to help manage, track and share massive amounts of files and data among both internal and external team members in diverse locations.

Formed in 1940 and based in Grand Forks, Minnkota Power Cooperative is a regional power generation and transmission cooperative serving more than 130,000 customers and covering 34,500 square miles in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Now under construction, the CGF Project will meet Minnkota’s obligations as a transmission services provider for grid reliability and address a long-standing need to increase voltage support in the northern Red River Valley region.

Prior to implementing Aconex, internal Minnkota project team members and various external contractors and consultants maintained files on different systems and FTP sites with different naming conventions.

Transferring large documents was time-consuming and labor-intensive. It was difficult to ensure that the information needed by every individual on the project was visible, up to date, accurate, and available on a timely basis.

With Aconex, every document is now readily available to every project team member on the same centralized platform, and a consistent naming convention makes document search faster and easier. When the project is closed out, all historical documents will already be on file for transfer to Minnkota’s internal document management systems, saving considerable time and money.

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