Course

Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution

Offered once a year, as part of the Winter Education Institute. Learn how to improve your utility’s policies, standards, and practices for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining underground distribution and hear about current and emerging industry trends.
February 7 - 8, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee

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Thursday, Feb. 7 – Friday, Feb. 8

Thursday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon

Course Overview

Underground distribution continues to be the installation method of choice in many applications on public power systems. Although the initial installation cost of underground distribution is almost always greater than equivalent overhead distribution, it offers a wide range of advantages including greater operating reliability, lower operating and maintenance costs, better public safety and, of course, reduced visibility and greater public acceptance.

Learn how to improve your utility’s policies, standards, and practices for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining underground distribution and hear about current and emerging industry trends.

Course Topics

  • Making the decision between overhead and underground distribution alternatives, including customer expectations
  • Complying with federal and state laws and regulations governing underground distribution design
  • Complying with state laws and regulations for the ethical practice of engineering in underground distribution design
  • Developing and applying consistent design protocols and documentation (design criteria, construction standards, design documentation, engineering reports, and records management policies/practices)
  • The line design process and how to improve it
  • Ensuring long-life cable installations

What to Bring

  • Participants are required to bring a scientific calculator for use during the course.
  • Participants are expected to complete a brief online questionnaire in advance of the course and are asked to contribute specific examples of underground application issues and problems (including field photographs, standards, policies, and procedures) for group discussion.

Course Level

Intermediate: no prerequisites; no advance preparation. Some knowledge of underground distribution systems is helpful. It is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Constructing, Operating & Maintaining Underground Distribution Systems course.

Accreditation

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

Who Should Attend

Designed for engineers, designers, technicians and field personnel who are responsible for, or who make decisions concerning, distribution systems, as well as those involved in the management, construction, and operations aspects of distribution systems.

This course is conducted at a practical level is 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.

Instructors

M. Thomas Black, P.E., Management Consultant, Collaborative Learning, Inc. Tom Black is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 30 years of experience in the utility industry.

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc./Collaboration Unlimited 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.

Register online or complete the registration form.

Course Fees

Members: $545
Nonmembers: $1,090
Prices increase $50 after Jan. 14

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

Beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All meals are on your own.

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.

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 Jan. 28, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Jan. 28 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Jan. 28 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].

The 2019 Winter Education Institute will take place at: 

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
623 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219

  • Main telephone: 615-259-2000
  • Group Rate: $225 Single/Double (plus tax)
  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
  • Parking: Valet Parking: ($39/day)Self-Parking: ($35/day)
  • Internet Access: Complimentary wireless High-Speed Internet connection in sleeping rooms

Reservations

  • Reservation Cut-off Date:                January 14, 2019
  • Reservation Telephone:                   1-800-325-3535
  • Group Code:                                      APPA-2019 Winter Institute
  • Online Reservation Link:                 https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/APPA2019WinterInstitute

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

The hotel is located about 10 miles from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.For directions and transportation options, contact the hotel directly.

Need Assistance?

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

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 Jan. 28, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Jan. 28, will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Jan. 28 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].

    Where and when is the next Institute?

    Spring Institute
    May 6-10, 2019
    Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Fall Institute
    September 30 - October 4, 2019
    Hotel Contessa
    San Antonio, Texas

      More questions?

      Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2976.