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RECORDED Mini-Course: Joint Use Pole Attachments- Management and Engineering Best Practices

  • Thu, August 05, 2021
  • (EDT)
  • Thu, August 04, 2022
  • (EDT)
  • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.


  • To register, please list one person as the primary registrant, and the remaining two or more people as guests. This will activate the discount for all individuals. All must be paid with this registration.

    Each guest will receive the links and the ability to individually watch the recordings for a period of 30 days after the course.
  • This registration will give you access to the recordings for 30 days after the event, in case you need to miss part of, or would like to review the course.

    If there are 3 or more of you, please use the group registration.
  • Your course has been paid for. Register with the code that was provided, and your spot is reserved.


Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals are offering this practical 1/2-day mini-course to help utility managers, engineers, designers and others improve their pole attachment standards, processes and practices. The course leaders will present an overview of electric and telecommunication line joint use including benefits, historical and regulatory context, and current trends. They will also describe management and engineering “best practices” which, with proper application, can result in line designs that are safer, more reliable, and in compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and professional engineering laws and regulations. Course content will cover traditional “wireline” telecom pole attachments (fiber, coaxial cable, wire, equipment), as well as wireless antennas and equipment including 5G technology.


This course is appropriate for managers, engineers, designers, crew leaders, safety professionals, and consultants whose work involves joint use overhead lines.


  • Up-to-date information
  • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A (not in recorded version)
  • Practical examples of joint-use installations 
  • Actionable recommendations to improve your joint use practices

 Part 1:  

Joint Use Benefits, Trends, Regulation 
and Management Best Practices

In this first session, participants will learn about the inherent benefits of joint use overhead lines as well as a high-level overview of regulations, current industry trends, common technical issues and risks, and the core elements of effective joint use management.  

  • Utility line joint use: What it is…why it is desirable?  
  • Industry trends in wireline and wireless pole attachments, including 5G technology 
  • The regulatory structure for joint-use utility lines  
  • Common issues and risks with joint-use 
  • Management best practices in joint-use
  • Elements of effective joint-use agreements and processes

 Part 2:  

Joint Use Engineering and Technical Best Practices

In this second part, participants will learn how professional engineering principles and ethics apply to the design and construction of joint use overhead lines.  Participants will also increase their familiarity with overhead line components and enhance their knowledge of technical best practices that apply to pole attachment impact analyses, designs, and documentation. 


  • Engineering principles and ethics in joint use
  • Overhead joint use electric supply and communication line components and characteristics (wireline and wireless, including 5G technology)
  • Technical best practices in joint use overhead lines
        Engineering design guides
        Construction standards drawings and specifications
    ―    Overhead conductor/cable design, sag-tension specification
            and installation, design documentation
        Overhead structure loading analysis and documentation

 Part 3:  

Joint Use NESC Compliance

In this third and final part, participants will learn about the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) rules that apply to the design and construction of joint use overhead lines. Participants will see specific examples of pole attachments that require consideration of NESC spacings at the attachments and along spans, as well as clearances from ground and other structures. Participants will also see examples of physical loadings from pole attachments that require consideration of structure strength.  


  • Compliance with NESC clearance & spacing requirements 
    (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)
  • Compliance with NESC strength requirements 
    (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)



R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry.  He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical educationprograms and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry.  John’s technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  John 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 Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.

Ted Dimberio, P.E. is an accomplished engineer with over forty years of experience in electric and telecommunication line design. He is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University.  Ted has worked in all capacities of line design including field staking, construction supervision, and management, and consulting.  He has been an industry leader in developing engineering software for electric distribution utilities that auto-generates profile drawings and required line design calculations to verify and document engineering decisions. Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.


In case you miss any part of the course, or want to review it, your registration includes full access to the course recordings for 30 days.

Individual cost – $295.00

Organizations registering 3 or more individuals, per person – $245.00 

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