Course

Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution Systems

Part of the Winter Education Institute. Learn all about underground structural design principles including the practical application of a design program.
February 13 - 14, 2020
Savannah, Georgia

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Thursday, February 13 – Friday, February 14

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
  • State-of-the-art cable specification and purchasing
  • Cable handling and installation (including cable pulling calculations)
  • Extending the life of in-service cable through improved testing, overcurrent and overvoltage protection and thermal loading
  • Prioritizing capital and operating expenditures
  • Current and emerging industry trends

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Coming soon!

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 Underground Distribution Systems course.

Accreditation

Recommended CEUs .7/PDHs 6.5/CPEs 7.8
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, 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 and is appropriate for degreed engineers and engineering technicians, as well as non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

This is a logical follow-up to the Underground Distribution Systems course. Even if your knowledge of underground distribution is limited or recent, this course will help prepare you to improve your utility’s policies, standards, and practices for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining underground distribution.

Instructors

M. Thomas Black, P.E., is a management consultant with Collaborative Learning, Inc. His experience includes both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities. His range of experience in the utility industry covers 30 years and includes planning and engineering, standards, Construction and Maintenance Manager, Energy Delivery General Manager and Chief Energy Officer responsible for all aspects of energy supply, electric transmission and distribution and gas distribution. Tom has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems and significant utility experience in the development of tracking and reporting electric and gas system performance metrics. Tom has served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities CAMU and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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

Register online and view a chart of the Winter Institute courses.

 

Registration received on/before Jan. 20 Registration received after Jan. 20
  Members Others Members Others
Accounting
Public Utility Accounting - Feb. 10-11 $995 $1,990 $1,045 $2,040
Work Order & Asset Management - Feb. 12 $625 $1,250 $675 $1,300
Advanced Public Utility Accounting - Feb. 13-14 $995 $1,990 $1,045 $2,040
 
Cost of Service & Rate Design
Basic Cost of Service - Feb. 10 $625 $1,250 $675 $1,300
Intermediate Cost of Service - Feb. 11-12 $995 $1,990 $1,045 $2,040
Strategic Rate Design: Trends & Distributed Generation Impacts - Feb. 13-14 $845 $1,690 $895 $1,740
 
Key Accounts Certificate Program
Key Accounts Certificate Program - Feb. 10-14* $2,600   $4,800  $2,850 $5,050
  • Electric Utility Industry Overview - Feb. 10

$625

$1,250

$675

$1,300

  • Implementing a Customer-Focused Key Accounts Program – Feb. 11

$625

$1,250

$675

$1,300

  • Developing Your Key Accounts Representative – Feb. 12

$625

$1,250

$675

$1,300

  • The Effective Key Accounts Toolbox – Feb. 13-14 

$845

$1,690

$895

$1,740

  • Key Accounts Certificate Program Enrollment Fee**
$350 $350 $350 $350
 

Technical Training

Underground Distribution Systems – Feb. 10-13 $1,595 $3,190 $1,645 $3,240
Advanced Underground Distribution System – Feb. 13-14  $625 $1,250 $675 $1,300

*Includes all required courses and the program enrollment fee—everything you need to participate in and graduate from the certificate program.

**The program enrollment fee covers the cost of study material, exam grading, and review of the post-course project. This fee is included in the program package price.

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 breakfast, afternoon snack, and beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All other 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 APPA meeting rooms. 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 Feb. 3, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Feb. 3 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. 3 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 2020 Winter Education Institute will take place at the:

DeSoto Hotel
15 East Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Reservations

  • Main telephone: 844-257-3520
  • Group Rate: $199 (Single/Double) per night (plus tax)
  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Valet Parking is $34/night
  • Room Rate Cut-off Date: January 20
  • Group Code: PUB
  • Online Reservation Link: American Public Power Association 2020 Winter Institute

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 DeSoto Hotel. The hotel is located about 15 miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head airport (SAV). 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.
     
  • Key Accounts Certificate Program: The last day of the certificate program focuses on the Customer Action Plan post-course requirement. The instructor will walk participants through the CAP development process, so they will have a portion of the plan completed when they leave class. Participants are asked to bring a 1) laptop and 2) information on a key account customer they intend to run through the CAP process. Attendees will receive more information on these requirements a week before the course.

Class Start/End Times

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

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.

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 Feb. 3, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Feb. 3 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. 3 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

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

Fall Institute
Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2020
Renaissance Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2977.