Virtual Course

Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design

The American Public Power Association is pleased to partner with Collaborative Learning and the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals to offer a comprehensive, virtual overhead distribution line design workshop.
April 22 - May 6, 2021
12:00pm EDT - 4:00pm EDT

Virtual Training

Unable to attend an in-person class but interested in pursuing Overhead Distribution Line Design training? This virtual offering—through Zoom—provides an opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn continuing education credits. The class kicks off with an orientation session on April 22, followed by six interactive online sessions (April 27 – May 6) as we offer this popular course in full (plus an orientation session on April 22).

Learning Environment

This course combines real-time presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples and software demos, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.

Timing

Participate in a one-hour orientation session on April 22, followed by six real-time sessions from noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on April 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5, and 6. There will be two 10-minute breaks incorporated into each session. 

Course Overview

Learn how to enhance your line design processes and prepare designs that are safe, reliable, and in compliance with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requirements. Review industry best practices, engage with your peers, and complete over 25 practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 

Although most electric utilities predominantly use overhead distribution lines to deliver electricity to customers, they do not always apply proven industry best practices in the design of these lines. Consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics leads to higher quality designs that make for a safer, more reliable system. In addition, proper design for clearances and structural strength can reduce liability exposure and support cost-effective operation and maintenance. Attendees will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  

Note: Some of the exercises will require the use of line design software, which you’ll receive complimentary access to for a period of 30 days from the start of the course. For reference, the software is available for purchase with prices starting at $250 for a single-seat license for “Basic” website applications. 

Recommended for

Those who work at all levels of overhead distribution line design including:

  • Engineering managers
  • Design engineers 
  • Design/staking supervisors and technicians
  • Consulting engineers
  • Crew supervisors and senior lineworkers 

This course builds on content presented in the Overhead Distribution Principles & Practices online course (March 30 – April 7). It is highly recommended that attendees take both courses.  

Course Schedule and Topics

Orientation Session: April 22 (3 - 4 p.m. Eastern)

We request that all participants attend this session, though a recording will also be made available. The session will cover:

  • Instructor and participant introductions 
  • Course overview, materials, and expectations
  • Technology and logistics (accessing line design software, the APPA document portal, homework/exercises, etc.)
  • Zoom functionality (breakout rooms, webcams/audio, best practices, etc.)
  • Completion requirements for continuing education credits

Each subsequent session will be held from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern. 

Session 1: April 27
Overhead Line Design Accountabilities and Process 

  • Overhead line design protocols
  • The overhead line design process
  • NESC overview and application
  • NESC general requirements for overhead lines
  • Other considerations in overhead line design

Session 2: April 28
Conductor/Cable Sag, Tension, and Clearance

  • NESC requirements for maximum conductor/cable sag determination
  • NESC and practical requirements for maximum conductor/cable design tension 
  • Conductor/cable sag and tension calculations
  • Conductor/cable sag-tension software 
  • Application examples and assigned exercises

Session 3: April 29
NESC Clearance Requirements

  • Clearances to ground and water surfaces
  • Clearances to buildings and other structures
  • Clearances between conductors, cables and equipment
  • Clearance application examples and assigned exercises

Session 4: May 4
Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 1)

  • Types and functions of supporting structures
  • NESC requirements for supporting structure design (loading conditions and strength requirements)
  • Determination of mechanical forces on supporting structures 
  • Supporting structure loading application examples and assigned exercises

Session 5: May 5
Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 2)

  • Overhead line guying and anchoring design considerations
  • Wood poles (types, treatments, dimensions, strength classes, and specifications
  • Manufactured poles (types, characteristics, NESC equivalent designs, and specifications
  • Pole embedment designs
  • Supporting structure loading application examples and assigned exercises

Session 6: May 6
Putting It All Together

  • Joint use overhead line design considerations
  • Examples and exercises in overhead line design scenarios

Agenda/Learning Outcomes 

Download the agenda and learning outcomes. 

Course Level

Intermediate/Advanced: No prerequisites; however, completion of Overhead Distribution Principles & Practices (March 30 - April 7) is highly recommended. Some advance preparation is requested, including attending an orientation session on April 22 (2-3 p.m. Eastern – this will be recorded), completing a brief pre-course survey, and logging into the line design software platform.  

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Click here to learn more about downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout sessions and group discussions.  
  • Utility Line Design Software: You will receive access information and be asked to download the Utility Line Design Software Client Program (to perform some basic line design calculations discussed in class) a week in advance of the first session—registrants will receive more details by email. 

Additional Requirements

  • 2017 NESC: Participants are required to have a copy of the 2017 National Electric Safety Code® (ANSI C2-2017) on hand to review during the course. Hard copies and electronic version can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org; 800/701-4333).

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of Session 1.
  • Course materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal a week before the course, where the eManuals and other course materials will be made available, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions.
  • Line Design Software: You will receive a separate email from Ted Dimberio (instructor and software co-developer) a week in advance of the class with directions on how to access the Utility Line Design Client program, which you’ll use to perform some basic line design calculations. 
  • Recordings: The sessions will be recorded and can also be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 30 days after the last course session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Application Exercises/Homework

  • Following each live session, participants are expected to work independently on online line design application exercises (some exercises will be conducted during the live sessions). Further instructions on accessing the line design software and completing the exercises will be provided at the beginning of Session One. 
  • There will also be self-grading online quizzes to complete outside of class, to test your knowledge on key concepts.
  • Total estimated time for completing these items is 1-2 hours total.

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing all six live sessions. Certificates will be emailed out by May 20. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live events (click here to review completion requirements). 

Recommended CEUs 2.1/PDHs 21/CPEs 25.2 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Instructors 

Headshot photo of R John Miner R. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., 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. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.

Headshot photo of Erich Schoennegel Erich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Headshot photo of Ted Dimberio Ted Dimberio, P.E., in an accomplished engineer with over 40 years of experience in electric and telecommunication line design. He is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University. Ted has worked in all capacities of line design including field staking, construction supervision, management, and consulting. He has been an industry leader in developing engineering software for electric distribution utilities that auto-generates profile drawings and required line design calculations to verify and document engineering decisions. Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Collaborative Learning, Inc., and the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals

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Registration Fees

  • $1,195 for members
  • $2,390 for nonmembers

Not a member? Join today and save on your course registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Group Discounts

Save an additional $100 on each when your organization registers 5 or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!

Number of registrants

Discount
(per person)

Member
Registration Fee

Nonmember
Registration Fee

1-4

n/a

$1,195

$2,390

5-9

$100

$1,095

$2,290

10+

$200

$995

$2,090

Contact [email protected] for more information and to request the group registration form to receive this special discount.   

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 20, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 20 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by April 20 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Email your cancellation request to [email protected].

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the start of the first session.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before the first class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

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Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This course is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs 2.1/PDHs 21/CPEs 25.2
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions during this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of each live session and complete an online evaluation at the end of each one—that equates to 215 of the potential 240 minutes of each module.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within 1 week of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements). You’ll receive one certificate for all six sessions.
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of the last session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 30 days after the last course session.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs) - The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendees transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation 

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits - The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in six, 4-hour sessions, this engaging and practical online course combines real-time presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples and software demos, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the start of the first session.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before the first class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

  • Internet access: You will need a strong Internet connection to run the Zoom meeting platform. 
  • Audio and webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will need a webcam to fully engage in the small group breakout exercises and discussions.  

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

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