Course

Overhead Distribution Systems

Part of the Fall Education Institute. Learn about the planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles and legal/regulatory requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices.
September 30 - October 3, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

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Monday, September 30 – Thursday, October 3

Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8 – 11:30 a.m.

Course Overview

Learn about the planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles and legal/regulatory requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Learn how to review and improve your utility’s overhead line design criteria and construction standards, make better design decisions, and enhance safety and service reliability. Featuring group discussion, case studies, practical design problems, check-up quizzes, videos, and Q&A sessions to enhance the learning environment.

Course Topics

  • Overview of overhead distribution systems
  • Legal/regulatory requirements and professional practices for overhead distribution line design
  • ­Overhead conductors and cables (types, characteristics, sag and tension)
  • ­NESC general requirements for overhead lines
  • ­NESC requirements for overhead line clearances and structure loading/strength
  • ­Overhead line structure types, components, materials, and design
  • ­Guying and anchoring for overhead line structures
  • ­Overhead line insulation, insulation coordination and lightning protection
  • Grounding for overhead line circuits, equipment and structures
  • Routine inspection and maintenance practices for overhead distribution lines

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Coming soon!

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites; no advance preparation. It is highly recommended to attend this course in conjunction with the Overhead Distribution Line Design Workshop.

Accreditation

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

Who Should Attend

Designed for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, and field personnel who are responsible for, or who make decisions concerning, overhead distribution systems. Courses are conducted at a practical level and are appropriate for degreed engineers and engineering technicians, as well as non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

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 ([email protected]; 202/467-2965).

Technology and Other Requirements

Participants should bring a calculator, as well as digital photographs of typical installations and standards, along with samples of their overhead distribution standards, design guidelines, and work packages to share with the group.

A laptop or tablet computer will also be helpful for accessing overhead distribution references from utilities and other sources.

Instructor

Erich F. Schoennagel, P.E., is a former manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy. He managed the Transmission Project Engineering group, 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 served for fifteen years as a member advisor and later, chairman of the Underground Transmission Task Force for the Electric Power Research Institute until his retirement from CenterPoint Energy. There he directed research related to underground transmission and superconductivity. He was a board member of the annual TSDOS symposium, and a former member of the American Concrete Institute 336 committee related to foundation design and
construction.

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.

R. John Miner, P.E., is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and has over 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. John has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin Engineering Professional Development Department for 15 years. Before forming his own company, he served as chief operating officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department (now Austin Energy), as general manager of Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and was an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology.

John has conducted educational programs for utility organizations in thirty-five states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and five overseas locations.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations and maintenance.  During his career, John has been responsible for transmission and distribution projects ranging in voltage from 2.4 kV to 500 kV and for the operation of transmission and distribution systems totaling more than five hundred miles of transmission lines and ten thousand miles of distribution lines.

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.  He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honorary societies.  John is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Ohio.

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Course Fees

Members: $1,595
Nonmembers: $3,190

Prices increase $50 after Sept. 9

Interested in attending another course at the Fall Institute? More information on courses and fees are available on the main Fall Institute page.

Travel Arrangements

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Meals

A light, continental breakfast will be provided each day, and a snack in the afternoon. Beverage breaks will be available throughout the day, all other meals are on your own.

Internet Access & Charging Stations

WiFi and charging/outlets may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in APPA classrooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for WiFi.

Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the Association's registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Sept. 23, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Sept. 23 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Sept. 23 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected].

Hotel

The 2019 Fall Education Institute will take place at the:

Hotel Contessa
306 West Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Main telephone: (210) 229-9222
  • Group Rate: $209 (Single/Double) per night (plus tax)
  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Valet Parking: ($17/day or $38 overnight); Self Park $17/day)

Reservations

Please note: It is possible that the block of rooms could sell out prior to Sept. 5, so make your hotel reservations early.

Internet Access

WiFi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in meet­ing rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. The Association will not provide a password for WiFi.

Location

All courses will be held in the Hotel Contessa. The hotel is located about 10 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Need Assistance?

If you require assistance with hotel/travel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Bring

If you are enrolled in one of the following courses please note the items to bring with you. If your course is not listed you do not have to bring anything.

  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting: Bring a copy of your annual financial statement. Instructors will answer your questions on presentation and application of accounting policies and practices.
  • Basic Cost of Service: Concepts and Rate Planning: Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to work through in-class exercises.
  • Intermediate Cost of Service: Implementation and Best Practices: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Excel and PowerPoint, to work through in-class exercises.
  • Customer Service Management Certificate Program: Participants will have the opportunity to introduce their customer service operations through photos and discussion. Attendees will be asked to provide 5-10 digital photos showing the exterior and interior of their customer service/billing operations, if possible. Additionally, the class will compare different bill styles, websites, and communications tools. Participants can provide sample utility bills, newsletters, bill stuffers or links to online resources in advance of the class.
  • Overhead Distribution Systems: Participants are required to bring a 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) or through APPA ([email protected]; 202/467-2965). Participants should bring a calculator, as well as digital photographs of typical installations and standards, along with samples of their overhead distribution standards, design guidelines, and work packages to share with the group. A laptop or tablet computer will also be helpful for accessing overhead distribution references from utilities and other sources.
  • Overhead Line Design Application Workshop: Participants are requested to bring a 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) or through APPA ([email protected]; 202/467-2965). Participants are required to bring a laptop computer and a basic engineering calcula­tor.

Class Start/End Times

All classes will begin at 8:30 with the following exceptions:

  • Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Monday, and 8 a.m. on Tuesday
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Thursday, and 8 a.m. on Friday
  • Overhead Distribution Systems: starts at 8 a.m. each day
  • Overhead Line Design Application Workshop: starts at 1 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday

Registration/Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the Association's registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Meals

A light breakfast, afternoon snack, and beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All other meals are on your own.

Hotel & Location

Click here for hotel and location information.

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the Institute ranges from business casual to casual--whatever you're comfortable in. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Sept. 23, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Sept. 23 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Sept. 23 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

Winter Institute
February 10-14, 2020
DeSoto Hotel
Savannah, Georgia

Spring Institute
May 4-8, 2020
Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.