Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design - Rochester MN

  • 4 Jun 2018
  • 8:30 AM (CDT)
  • 7 Jun 2018
  • 4:30 PM (CDT)
  • Rochester Public Utilities, 4000 East River Rd. N.E., Rochester, Minnesota 55906
  • 19


Registration fee for the course is $1,995 and $1,895 for each additional guest on your registration form. Registration deadline is May 21, with payment in full due by May28, 2018. Cancellations are accepted on or before May 21, with refund of the registration fee less $100 per person.
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About This Program:

Program developers and 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 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 practices
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 classroom 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)

If you have any questions or requests, contact Jillian Wolfe, Executive Director at You may also call her at 512-657-7314.

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