Joint Use Engineering and Technical Best Practices

Learn how professional engineering principles and ethics apply to the design and construction of joint use overhead lines.
February 13, 2020
2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST

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Webinar Description

Learn how professional engineering principles and ethics apply to the design and construction of joint use overhead lines. Participants will also increase their familiarity with overhead line components and enhance their knowledge of technical best practices that apply to pole attachment impact analyses, designs, and documentation. 


  • Engineering principles and ethics in joint use
  • Overhead joint-use electric supply and communication line components and characteristics (wireline and wireless, including 5G technology)
  • Technical best practices in joint use overhead lines
  • Engineering design guides
    • Construction standards drawings and specifications
    • Overhead conductor/cable design, sag-tension specification and installation, design documentation
    • Overhead structure loading analysis and documentation

Series Description

This practical three-part series of webinars designed to help public power managers, engineers, designers and others improve their pole attachment standards, processes, and practices. Hear an overview of electric and telecommunication line joint use including benefits, historical and regulatory context, and current trends. Learn about management and engineering “best practices” which, with proper application, can result in line designs that are safer, more reliable, and in compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and professional engineering laws and regulations. Review traditional “wireline” telecom pole attachments (fiber, coaxial cable, wire, equipment), as well as wireless antennas and equipment including 5G technology.

Recommended for:

Public power personnel involved in the following areas:

  • Managers 
  • Engineers
  • Designers
  • Crew Leaders
  • Safety Professionals
  • Consultants who work with joint use overhead lines


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, and 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.

Erich Schoennagel 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.

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Have questions? Contact 202/467-2997 or [email protected]

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Registration/Fee Information

Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers

Please click on each webinar title to register individually:

The 3-part series (discounted price): $275 for members; $550 for nonmembers

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Have questions? Contact 202/467-2997 or [email protected]

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  • Each webinar is worth 1 CPEs/.1 CEU/1.1 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
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