Course

Overhead Line Design Application Workshop

Part of the Fall Education Institute. Learn all about structural design principles, along with hands-on design exercises, including the practical application of a design program.
October 3 - 4, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

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Thursday, October 3 – Friday, October 4

Thursday: 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Course Overview

Overhead distribution continues to be the predominant method that electric utilities use to move and deliver electricity to end-use customers. Proper structural design of overhead pole lines and components is critical to safety and reliability. Learn all about structural design principles, along with hands-on design exercises, including the practical application of a design program to build understanding of these principles and appreciation for the trade-offs that are inherent in the design process.

This hands-on design workshop is a logical extension for participants in the Overhead Distribution Systems course, but it is also valuable as a standalone opportunity for others who want to improve their understanding and application of pole design principles and practices.

Course Topics

  • Overview of pole loading and strength requirements under the NESC (with limited reference to GO-95 for California utilities)
  • Overview of pole structure configurations and their application
  • Overview of pole guying and anchoring principles and practices
  • Hands-on design exercises: Instructors will present several common pole configurations and demonstrate the application of design principles and practices. Participants will analyze pole loading and strength requirements for several representative configurations using both hand calculations and software.

The following configurations are representative of those that will be presented during the workshop:

  • Three phase tangent construction using conventional crossarm with neutral below
  • Three phase single-deadend construction using compact fiberglass crossarm with neutral below
  • Three phase guyed running angle using crossarm construction with neutral below
  • Three phase guyed running angle using vertical construction with neutral below
  • Addition of joint-use attachments to any of the above cases to determine structural adequacy
  • Pole buckling case (heavy guying and/or equipment loading)
  • Three phase tangent construction using conventional crossarm with neutral below, under-built on transmission line construction using staggered vertical post insulator construction with static on top of pole

Pole Loading Software

The pole loading software used in this course is the Utility Line Design Pro and Utility Line Design Client. The software is available free of charge to participants during the workshop and for a 30-day trial period following the workshop. It may be purchased, if desired, for a nominal fee.  Although there is instruction in the use of this particular software, the focus of this course is to build understanding of design principles and practices regardless of the software that a participant has available for use.   

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 Systems course.

Accreditation

Recommended CEUs .7/PDHs 6.5/CPEs 7.8
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, and field personnel who are responsible for the design, construction or maintenance replacement of overhead line poles and structural components.

The 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 overhead distribution lines and components.

What to Bring

Participants are requested 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 Requirements

Participants are required to bring a laptop computer and a basic engineering calcula­tor. The instructors prefer that each participant brings his or her own computer; however up to two  participants from the same utility organization may share a computer and work together during the workshop.

Instructors

Ted Dimberio, P.E., has 40-years’ experience in distribution line design and has worked for rural electric cooperatives and consulting firms, and most recently, is a private business owner.  Ted has worked in all capacities of distribution line design that includes field staking, supervision, management, and consulting.  Ted has a vision to enhance distribution line design by incorporating engineering software, best practice and engineering ethics.

Ted is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University.  Ted 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 and provide long-term engineering documentation.  Ted keeps abreast with the engineering trends by maintaining close contact with numerous state engineering boards, the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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: $625
Nonmembers: $1,250

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

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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.