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When you think of the desert, the last thing that comes to mind is gallons and gallons of freshwater and salt water…until now. In this edition of Electric TV, we travel to an underwater adventure in Scottsdale, Arizona!

The NECA/IBEW team, comprised of Arizona Chapter NECA, IBEW Local 640, K & F Electric, and general contractor McCarthy Building Companies are working together to bring this underwater attraction to life. The OdySea Aquarium is a 2-story, 200,000 sq. ft theme park with 48 exhibits and about 1.5 million gallons of fresh and salt water. There are 300 pumps wired to move the water & power the filtration systems, keeping the fresh and salt water at very precise temperatures.

But these numbers are not what make this project unique. The OdySea Aquarium was built on a radius, meaning that there isn’t a single perpendicular angle in the entire project. To accomplish this unique challenge, the NECA/IBEW team is using building information modeling, or BIM, to virtually design the electrical systems before making these designs a reality.

The NECA/IBEW team has stayed on schedule and have already thoroughly impressed the client with their skill and craftsmanship on this huge, unique job. It is training, education, and safety support that allows the NECA/IBEW team get the job done and the OdySea Aquarium project is no different.