The gates at the Corra Linn dam on the Kootenay River need to be replaced.
Fortis BC is working with Austin Engineering and a student from Selkirk College to prepare for the project.
Austin Engineering co-owner Mary Austin says the student has created a 3D model of the gates.
The project has also received recognition from Clean Energy BC for operational excellence.
You can watch a video of the 3D model here.