System Planning

Comprehensive assessment and management of your transmission & distribution assets customized to meet your operational needs today... and tomorrow.

System Planning Design Services


  • System Studies
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Construction Work Plans
  • Long Range Plans


  • System Impact Studies
  • Hosting Capacity Analysis
  • Location and Benefit Review
  • Regulatory Assistance


  • System Protection and Coordination
  • Load/Motor-Flicker Studies
  • Distribution Automation / Smart Grid Implementation
  • Safety and Security
    (Arc Flash, SPCC, etc.)


  • Program and Project Management
  • Data Management Optimization
  • GIS and Electrical System Modeling
  • Report Generation

Our Approach

Navigating the ever-evolving electric utility industry requires a strategic approach that combines short-term and long-term planning with innovative solutions. At CDE, we have a comprehensive approach that fits with the dynamic operations of your system.

Our methodology is supported by a team of experts, efficient processes, and data-driven analytics that enable the delivery of cost-efficient, reliable, durable, and scalable solutions. We strive to provide immediate and long-term results that assist our clients in achieving their objectives.

Planning for the Future

CDE specializes in helping utilities with their planning projects, from Rural Utilities Service (RUS) required studies to long-outlook and short-outlook studies based on load projections or budgetary needs. We guide utilities through every step of the process, from initial data gathering to final submission.

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)

As DER and EV adoption continues to increase, so does the need for proactive analysis and planning at utilities. We use the latest tools and processes to evaluate proposed interconnections and investigate the innate Hosting Capacity of systems to help ensure safe, reliable, and efficient power distribution.

Operations Support

Operating a utility is a demanding job. Let CDE help shoulder the load by evaluating coordination, implementing system automation, or updating current safety plans to include the latest changes to regulations such as the IEEE 1584 Arc Flash Standard.

Administrative Support

Whether it’s utilizing 15-minute-interval AMI Data to inform real time load management, implementing an OCR replacement program, or creating a system model from collected GIS data, CDE can help your utility continue to evolve to meet today’s challenges.

Your success is how we measure ours.

"With a marked uptick in investment tempo, we engaged the experience and expertise of Cross Discipline Engineering’s Program Management team. Their support helped to ensure our interdepartmental communication, project tracking and our strategic goals provided maximized value and efficiency. Bryan Harp and his team brought fresh perspectives, seamless integration and innovative methods that had substantial positive impacts in not only my department but also throughout many facets of our company. The PM team demonstrates great attention to detail across a diverse portfolio of projects, professional level communication skills and fantastic organizational abilities. My greatest recommendation would be that I wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again."

Manager of Engineering, Midwest IOU

"Cross Discipline Engineering (CDE) brings innovation to every design. While most consulting engineering firms design to the needs of their clients CDE forecasts the needs and sees things that the client didn’t know were possible. Their quality control and care to ensure a complete and exhaustive design are unmatched. They are understanding, approachable and show genuine interest in the work they do. Not only do they work on the project but they take care of the client as though they were part of their own personal team. It has been a great pleasure having incorporated their expertise into our business."

Manager of Line Engineering, Midwest IOU

"I continue to utilize the services at Cross Discipline because of better-than-expected results. On several occasions, I have given Jeremiah design criteria with a rough sketch and his response is a practical idea I had not considered that saves space and steel, which both save money. Cross Discipline has handled multiple scope changes in stride without taking advantage of the situation by submitting an inflated change order. Cross Discipline’s deliverables, especially in Revit, are well polished and easy to read. They understand the meaning of a deadline and usually beat the due date."

Senior Structural Engineer, Midwest G&T

"Cross Discipline is a top notch engineering firm offering responsive and effective services that will help you to complete projects in a timely manner. Since we began our business relationship, we have enjoyed the collaborative support their firm offers and look forward to continuing this relationship into the future."

Engineering Manager, Midwest G&T

Success Defined

While the industry may simply define success as on time and on budget, we don’t stop there.

For us, true success looks like collaboration, making sure all of the right people are part of the conversation from start to finish of every project. It also looks like a commitment to uncover the root cause of the problem instead of just addressing the obvious symptoms. And it definitely looks like agility, being able to pivot quickly and confidently when necessary.

Above all, success looks like an uncompromising standard of excellence and integrity, always.