Vector Structural Engineers solar projects reach 100,000 and counting


By James Johnston

Late last year, Vector Structural Engineers set up its 100,000th project on behalf of a client in the solar installation field. The company, whose solar division was created as a formal part of the organization only five years ago, is now recognized as a national and, with a growing presence in Canada, international player in the solar energy industry. “We joined the solar market a decade ago,” recalls Principal Engineer Jacob Proctor, “but we didn’t start solar projects in volume for several years. As we became known in the industry, the business started to grow dramatically – 100-fold in five years.”

The groundwork for Vector’s solar success was laid some 15 years ago, when the company began to design its own highly interactive online project management system to serve the needs of their telecommunications industry clients. The firm’s IT group has developed a workflow automation template that quickly steps projects through careful review of all engineering issues and suggests cost- and performance-effective improvements. Projects are often turned around in 24-hours or less. Vector has since completed over 20,000 projects for telecommunications companies.

The system could be modified for other, similar sectors, so when the solar boom took off, Vector was ready. Its solar division now employs more than 40 engineers and has, as noted, reviewed over 100,000 projects for U.S. solar installers, which accounts for close to 5 percent of all U.S. solar installations.

“Engineering,” says Proctor, “is a relatively straightforward proposition. Our clients need two things from us: they need to know the project is sound, and they need to know it in a hurry. We’re proud of our young solar division and its ability to meet those two needs, and we look forward to growing along with the solar industry through the 2020s and beyond.”

Founded in 2002, Vector Structural Engineers is a full-service structural engineering firm with over 2,500 clients throughout the United States. The company’s areas of expertise include multi-family, residential, commercial, telecom, bridges, industrial, and solar. Services include the design of new structures, the analysis and redesign of retrofit and repairs of existing structures, as well as residential and commercial solar structural certifications. Expert witness experience includes structural defects, foundation settlement, building code analysis, and soil and structure stabilization. Vector’s team includes an increasing number of engineers, a full drafting division, and support staff. The company is headquartered in Draper, Utah with satellite offices in Mesa, Arizona; Layton, Utah; St. George, Utah; and Tustin, California.