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APPA offers training on underground distribution systems

From the October 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published October 23, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA is offering two in-depth technical courses in February at the association's Winter Education Institute: Constructing, Operating and Maintaining Underground Distribution Systems, Feb. 3-6; and an Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution course, Feb. 6-7. These courses are designed for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians and construction/operations personnel who are responsible for distribution systems. The Winter Education Institute will take place in New Orleans.

In the three-and-a-half-day Underground Distribution Systems course, attendees will learn about planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance principles that drive today's underground distribution practices. Critical factors involved in the conversion of overhead systems to underground will also be reviewed. An engineer from a leading utility product manufacturer will discuss proper cable termination practices, switching and fault-interrupting equipment available in today’s marketplace. Participants also will go on a half-day tour of a local utility’s distribution system and see practical examples related to the classroom discussions. Attendees will earn 23 professional development hour credits (PHDs) for this course. 

In the one-day Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution Systems course, participants will learn about topics of current and emerging interest in underground distribution. This course is worth 6.5 PDHs. 
Topics include: 

    •    how to make the decision between overhead and underground distribution alternatives (life-cycle costs and benefits analysis), including how to handle customer/public expectations; 
    •    how to ensure long-life cable installations; 
    •    state-of-the art cable specification and purchasing; 
    •    cable handling and installation (including cable-pulling calculations); 
    •    non-destructive cable testing from manufacturing acceptance to operation and maintenance (includes a technical presentation by the UtilX Corp.); 
    •    cable life-extension methods (lightning protection, loading, rejuvenation techniques); 
    •    underground distribution service considerations for commercial customers (load estimates, steady-state and transient voltage considerations and power quality considerations); 
    •    effective planning processes and methods for prioritizing underground distribution capital and operating and maintenance expenditures; and 
    •    implications of smart grid and other new technologies on underground distribution. 

There is a $100 discount for those who attend both courses or attend with a colleague. There is a $50 discount for registering before Jan. 13. 

The Winter Education Institute also will offer courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, financial planning for municipal utilities, plus a week-long certificate program on customer service management. All events will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

For more information, visit and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley (202/467-2919; 


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