Course

Constructing, Operating and Maintaining Underground Distribution Systems

Offered once a year, as part of the Winter Education Institute. Learn all about the effective design, construction, operation and maintenance of underground electric distribution systems and tour a local utility’s distribution system.
February 4 - 7, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee

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Monday, Feb. 4 – Thursday, Feb. 7

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

Course Overview

Learn all about the effective design, construction, operation and maintenance of underground electric distribution systems. Review critical factors involved in the conversion of overhead systems to underground. Tour a local utility's distribution system and participate in guest presentations from manufacturer’s application engineers, cable testing engineers, or other industry professionals.

Course Topics

  • Policy and service guidelines
  • Underground distribution planning, design and layout
  • Maintenance practices
  • Operations, safety and regulatory requirements
  • Cable design and application
  • Terminating underground cable
  • Fusing and protection
  • Review of the 2017 NESC that pertains to underground systems (Part 3) and work practices (Part 4)

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Download a sample agenda and learning outcomes.

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate: no prerequisites; no advance preparation. It is highly recommended to attend this course in conjunction with the Advanced Topics in Underground Distribution course.

Accreditation

Recommended CEUs 2.5/PDHs 24.75CPEs 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, 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.

Instructors

Larry Koshire, P.E., is president of Koshire Consulting, LLC, in Rochester, Minnesota. Larry has held various positions in the electric industry for private and public power utilities and has extensive experience in electric transmission and distribution design, construction, and operation. He served as the general manager of Rochester Public Utilities, in Minnesota, for 17 years and is also the former general manager of Muscatine Power and Water in Iowa. Mr. Koshire has been active in state and national boards, committees and professional organizations. He holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, is a Registered Professional Engineer, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has taught APPA’s Underground Distribution course since 1988.

Mark Swan, P.E., is the principal consultant at MDS Engineering Consulting, LLC, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mark worked for 31 years in the utility industry serving as the general manager of the operations department of Colorado Springs Utilities. He managed the operation of power plants, water, and wastewater plants, and field operations for electric, gas, water, and wastewater services. Since 1988, Mr. Swan has taught the Association’s Underground Distribution course. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Mr. Swan holds both bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.

Register online or complete the registration form.

Course Fees

Members: $1,245
Nonmembers: $2,490
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.