Overhead Distribution Systems

Tuesday, May 15 – Friday, May 18
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, Colorado

Course Schedule
Tuesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon

Recommended CEUs 2.5/PDHs 24.75/CPEs 29.6
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Course Overview
Learn about the planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Learn how to update your utility’s overhead line design and construction standards, make better design decisions, reduce construction costs, and enhance safety and service reliability.

Course Topics

  • Overview of overhead distribution
  • Overhead conductors
  • NESC general requirements for overhead lines
  • Overhead line clearances and structure loading (with NESC requirements)
  • Overhead line structure types and design
  • Guying and anchoring for overhead line structures n Insulation, insulation coordination and lightning protection
  • Basic calculations related to overhead distribution systems
  • Overhead line grounding

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes
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What to Bring 
Participants are required to bring either a print or digital copy of the 2017 National Electric Safety Code® (ANSI C2-2017) to the course. Copies can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org; 800/701-4333). Print copies can also be purchased through APPA (EducationInfo@ PublicPower.org; 202/467-2919).

Technology Requirements
Participants should bring a calculator, as well as digital photographs of typical installations and standards, along with print samples of their overhead distribution standards, design guidelines, and work packages to share with the group. A laptop or tablet will also be helpful for accessing overhead distribution references from utilities and other sources.

Course Level
no prerequisites; no advance preparation.

Who Should Attend
Designed for public power professionals and skilled personnel including: engineers, designers, technicians and field personnel, as well as for all those involved in the management, construction, safety and operational aspects of transmission and distribution systems.

This class is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed engineers and engineering technicians, as well as non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc./Collaboration Unlimited of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston.