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UtilityLDPros is offering a series of MINI-COURSES throughout the year as part of our commitment to continuing education.  These courses are linked to the events page, and require registration. After you register and attend, each course will be made available for you to come back and replay for a period of 30 days.  
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is offering a series of comprehensive line design training programs with digital "hands-on" labs that you won’t want to miss!
See Training Program below:

Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design
A Comprehensive Seminar/Workshop for

Electric Utility and Consulting Engineers/Designers

Virtual Live Training Series in partnership

with APPA and Collaborative Learning:


After holding our 4-day in-person “Best Practices in OHD Line Design” trainings in Denver, CO, Rochester, MN, Austin, TX and Cleveland, OH, people have been waiting for more. In fact, we have moved to an e-learning workshop environment to enable more individuals to attend.

The Best Practices trainings are in 6 live half-day sessions with digital hands-on labs, group interaction, Q&A throughout the training and time for individual assistance from our instructors. You will receive your training materials in advance of the session and can work on them away from your computer after classes. Sessions will also be recorded, enabling the ability to work around any scheduling conflicts. Individual time with the instructor(s) will still be included.

Registration Fee for the entire series of 6 sessions is $1295 $995 with the COVID-19 fee reduction. The registration deadline is two weeks prior to start of the course with full payment received one week prior. Cancellations will be accepted up to two weeks prior to first day of course, with refund of the registration fee less $100 for administrative and materials costs.

Please contact Jillian Wolfe, Executive Director either by email at, or by phone at (512) 284-3688 if you have any questions.

* Utility LD Pros reserves the right to change dates of the sessions, pending unknown circumstances which may affect the scheduling of our instructors.


R. John Miner, P.E. and Ted Dimberio, P.E. have over 85 years of combined experience in distribution line design and the electric utility industry.  They are LDPros Co-founders, Program developers and instructors.

John and Ted are offering this program to help address what they believe is a critical gap in the knowledge and application of proven industry best practices that are available but not as widely used as they should be.

Participants in this program will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  Participants will also be better able to prepare designs that are safer, more reliable, and in compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).  A key part of this program is the in-depth presentation and understanding of engineering principles and their practical application through the use of line design engineering software.

What You Will Learn:

Overall Line Design Accountabilities and Best Practices
  • Areas of liability exposure through the use of prevailing distribution line design practices
  • Measures that can reduce liability exposure and assure compliance with NESC requirements
  • Provisions of the 2017 NESC that are applicable to overhead line design
  • How to develop and use documented design criteria and design/construction standards
  • The line design process and how to improve it
  • How to establish and sustain effective design/quality control, and inspection practice

Elements of Line Design and Best Practices
  • How to develop and use conductor sag and tension charts
  • How to perform commonly encountered line design calculations
  • How to create line profile drawings and engineering reports
  • How to implement a uniform procedure to prepare electric supply and telecommunication joint use designs
  • How to maintain engineering records for long-term documentation
  • How to implement procedures for the identification, documentation and correction of existing NESC violations

Hands-On Line Design Lab

This seminar/workshop is applications-oriented, including both lecture and hands-on experience.  Participants will perform over forty-five (45) line design and telecommunication joint use problems using engineering software that is provided as a learning tool.

Who Should Attend

This seminar/workshop has value for those who work at all levels of overhead distribution line design and should be attended by:

  • Engineering managers
  • Design/staking technicians
  • Design engineers
  • Resident engineers
  • Design/staking supervisors
  • Consulting engineers

Distribution line design is an engineering discipline that requires the consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics to prepare quality designs and reduce liability exposure. 

Participants completing this program will receive twenty-eight (28) Professional Development Hours (PDH).


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