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.
February 15 - 23, 2022
12:00pm EDT - 4:00pm EDT

Virtual Training

Join us as we hold this popular course as a series of five interactive virtual sessions. It’s a convenient way to 'attend' the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn 17.5 PDH credits. This course is applications-oriented, including online lecture, interaction, and learning by doing. 

Learning Environment

All sessions incorporate 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. Participants will have the opportunity to perform more than 25 line design problems using engineering software (that is provided as a learning tool).  

Timing

Participate in a 45-minute orientation session on February 14, followed by followed by five, real-time sessions from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23. There will be two, 15-minute breaks incorporated into each session. 

Course Overview

Overhead distribution continues to play an essential role for most utilities in delivering electric service to end-use customers either directly or as the source for underground line extensions. Overhead line design is an engineering discipline that requires the consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics to prepare quality designs and reduce liability exposure. 

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 twenty-five (25) practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 

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 thirty (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 design including:

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

It is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Overhead Distribution System Principles and Applications online course (Jan. 18-26). 

Course Schedule and Topics

Orientation Session: February 14 (1-1:45 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 and homework/exercises)
  • 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. Following each session, participants are expected to work independently on-line design exercises related to the topics presented. 

Session 1: Overhead Line Design Accountabilities and Process
February 15

  • Overhead line design protocols
  • The overhead line design process
  • NESC general requirements for overhead lines
  • Joint use and other considerations in overhead line design 

Session 2: Conductor/Cable Sag, Tension, and Clearance
February 16

  • 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 
  • Conductor/cable application examples and assigned exercises

Session 3: NESC Clearance Requirements
February 17

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

Session 4: Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 1)
February 22

  • NESC requirements for supporting structure design (loading conditions and strength requirements)
  • Determination of mechanical forces on supporting structures 
  • Overhead line guying and anchoring design considerations
  • Supporting structure loading application examples and assigned exercises

Session 5: Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 2)
February 23

  • 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

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Coming soon!

Course Level

Intermediate/Advanced: No prerequisites; however, completion of the Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications (Jan. 18-26) is highly recommended. Some advance preparation is requested, including attending an orientation session on Feb. 14 (1-1:45 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 session and group discussions.

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 90 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 per class day.

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing 90% of all five live sessions. Certificates will be available by March 9. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live events (click here to review requirements).
 
Recommended CEUs 1.7/PDHs 17.5/CPEs 21 

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

 Instructors 

minerR. 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.

tedTed 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.

ericErich 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.

tom black headshotTom Black, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer and Instructor, Collaborative Learning Inc.
Tom is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and continuing education course instructor with more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries.  In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Tom has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems. System responsibilities include planning and engineering, standards, construction, operations and maintenance, gas pipeline safety, energy management (EMS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), outage management (OMS), field-related outage response and the planning and implementation of a SMART Grid system.  

Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (with honors) and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Questions? 

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2982

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Held in partnership with:

Collaborative Learning, Inc., and the Academy 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 $50 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

$50

$1,145

$2,340 

10-14

$100

$1,095

$2,290 

15+

$150 $1,045 $2,240

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before February 8, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Feb. 8 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Feb. 8 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 link 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. 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2997.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]

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 1.7/PDHs 17.5/CPEs 21 
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—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 available within two weeks of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements). You’ll receive one certificate for all five 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 90 days after the last 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 attendee 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 five, 4-hour sessions, this engaging and practical online course includes 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.

  • You will receive your Zoom access link 24 hours in advance of the first session from the APPA Academy <[email protected]>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email.

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 link 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. 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2997.

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.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]