STEFAN GLUCHOWSKI, PE, CEng, MIET, LEED AP
Mr. Gluchowski is a Senior Electrical Engineer with over 30 years of engineering experience designing electrical distribution systems in diverse environments, including high tech facilities, manufacturing plants and healthcare. He possesses a solid background in engineering design, project management and commissioning of electrical systems. During his career he performed a number of design and management functions by developing project work scopes, managing engineering design teams and developing electrical commissioning packages.
His engineering expertise includes design of HV and LV power distribution systems, lighting controls, fire detection and data communication systems for industrial clients, government agencies, healthcare, military institutions and commercial ventures. His list of government clients included the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yambu (KSA), U.S. Department of Defence and U.K. Department for Business Innovations & Skills (formerly DTI) where he played a key role in developing electrical audit criteria and managing multidisciplinary design teams.
His range of design experience includes the nanotechnology research facilities in U.K. and in Portugal, semiconductor facilities in California and Oregon (USA), planning and design of electrical and telecommunication infrastructure for residential, commercial and industrial complexes in Jubail and Ras Al-Khair (KSA), steel industries in Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania (USA), Maryland, (USA), and New Jersey (USA), tire plants in Ontario (Canada), healthcare facilities in California (USA), higher education campuses in California (USA), food processing plants in California and Idaho (USA), power generating facilities in Tennessee (USA) and various military installations in Kenya, Djibouti and in Bahrain.
Managing Engineering Design Teams
During his professional engineering career, Mr. Gluchowski successfully led and managed a number of engineering design teams in America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, by constantly developing processes, methods and procedures that allowed his design teams to meet tight, difficult, and sometimes impossible management objectives.
Although the engineering industry in the hope of improving its productivity, accuracy and the profits yearly spends millions of dollars on the computer hardware, engineering software and staff training, the design errors and the project overruns are still rampant in the industry.
It can be argued that the increased dependence on these design tools without the application of proper design methodology which defines how, when and to what degree the generated data should be trusted and applied in the design, can inadvertently increase the severity of the design errors. The critical errors are often introduced by the inexperienced designers who are very good at inputting the raw data, but lack the practical experience recognizing the mechanical, spatial or constructability limits. Thus as the design progresses through the milestones and become more refined, the ability to make design changes become more restrictive and more costly.
Once the design package is released to the field, the cost of some of these errors can be substantial and sometimes immeasurable in terms of the damaged reputation and a loss of future earnings.
The methods and methodology applied by Mr. Gluchowski to manage his design teams has been proven on a number of projects and adopted by a number of individual designers, engineering departments and major engineering corporations.
Whether developing design strategies to upgrade the electrical distribution systems for the mission critical facilities in the USA, UK or Kenya, managing electrical audits of the mission critical sites in UK, Bahrain or Djibouti, or managing engineering design teams in KSA or Taiwan, these methods allowed the teams to correctly identify, collect, analyse and implement the engineering data to meet the project objectives.
As an added bonus, since the whole process is continuously updated by the users using database ACCESS Forms, the project management team is given the rare ability to oversee the project progression in the “real time”.