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    • 24 Sep 2018
    • 23 Sep 2019
    • through 2019: Online Courses, self-paced through Minnesota State, with seven-day support.

    Line Design Professionals seeking UtilityLDPros certification must successfully pass examinations for each Basic Skill and Line Design Function competency.  Prior to taking the examinations, line designers must become an UtilityLDPros member and meet the line design work experience requirements.

    Each competency examination is 1.0-2.0 hours long and can be accessed through the following link, https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getsubcategory/category_id/298/program_id/53 after you complete your REGISTRATION.  Examination cost does not include any re-take examination.  Examinations are taken at the utility office, are closed book and must be supervised by the engineering or human resource manager.    

    Participants will be immediately notified if they passed or failed each examination upon completion.  UtilityLDPros will send a Certificate to you for each Level successfully completed.  You will be allowed to include the UtilityLDPros designated Credential after your name.

    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 11:59 PM (CST)
    • 2 Jan 2020
    • (CST)
    • Paid registrants have access to the recorded webinar on this site UNTIL January 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM..
    Register

    AULDP Webinar Series
    OHD Electric and Communication Line Conductors and Cables - Part I

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this in-depth webinar series to help utility line design professionals better understand the physical and electrical characteristics, as well as the engineering design and installation requirements for overhead line conductors/cables.

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What types of electric supply and communication conductors and cables are typically used on overhead distribution lines and why?
    • What are the physical and electrical characteristics of overhead line conductors and cables?
    • What determines the maximum tension that an overhead line conductor or cable will transfer to an overhead line structure?
    • What determines the maximum overhead line conductor or cable sag that must be considered in meeting required NESC clearances?
    • What overhead line conductor and cable design calculations must be made and how should the design be documented?
    • What engineering specifications should be provided and what quality control practices should be used in overhead line conductor and cable installations?

    Webinar Content:

    • Types and functions
    • Construction and physical characteristics
    • Specifications
    • Overhead line configurations and support hardware
    • Conductor supported hardware and equipment
    • Electrical properties
    • Electrical loading and thermal characteristics
    • Physical loading and conductor forces

    Webinar Leaders: 
    Ted Dimberio and John Miner

    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of conductor/cable engineering designs
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your conductor/cable design and installation practices

     
    TWO WAYS TO SAVE!
    1) BECOME A MEMBER - Save $20 per webinar
    2) PRE-REGISTER FOR BOTH - Members save $70!
        Non-Members save $25

    Non-Member Cost:   $110 ea.    $195 for both
            Member Cost:   $  90 ea.   $150 for both


    • 3 Jan 2019
    • (CST)
    • 3 Jan 2020
    • (CST)
    • Online, you will receive a link to view after registration is verified
    Register
     
    AULDP Webinar Series
    OHD Electric and Communication Line Conductors and Cables

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this in-depth webinar series to help utility line design professionals better understand the physical and electrical characteristics, as well as the engineering design and installation requirements for overhead line conductors/cables.

    Webinar Content:

    Part 2 Overhead Line Conductors and Cables

    • Sag and tension characteristics
    • NESC requirements for maximum design sag conditions
    • NESC requirements for maximum design tension conditions
    • Conductor and cable design procedure and documentation
    • Engineering specifications for installation
    • Installation methods and quality control practices

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What types of electric supply and communication conductors and cables are typically used on overhead distribution lines and why?
    • What are the physical and electrical characteristics of overhead line conductors and cables?
    • What determines the maximum tension that an overhead line conductor or cable will transfer to an overhead line structure?
    • What determines the maximum overhead line conductor or cable sag that must be considered in meeting required NESC clearances?
    • What overhead line conductor and cable design calculations must be made and how should the design be documented?
    • What engineering specifications should be provided and what quality control practices should be used in overhead line conductor and cable installations?

    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of conductor/cable engineering designs
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your conductor/cable design and installation practices

    Webinar Leaders: 
    Ted Dimberio and John Miner

    Non-Member Cost:   $110
            Member Cost:   $  90

    If you missed Part I and would like to register for access to the recorded version, you will be able to do so between November 14 and December 13, prior to Part II. Registration prices are $110 non-member and $90 member.


    • 7 Feb 2019
    • (CST)
    • 7 Feb 2020
    • (CST)
    • Paid registrants will receive a link to view the recording.
    Register
    Utility LDPros Webinar Series
    National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

    Part 1 - NESC Compliance & Liability
    Held on Thursday, February 7, 2019  10:00 - 11:30 AM Central Time

    IF YOU ARE ALREADY A PAID REGISTRANT

    CLICK HERE

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this webinar to help utility line design professionals better understand and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

    The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines. NESC rules are established on the fundamental principles used for the safety of utility facilities and the NESC is globally recognized as good engineering practice.

    The NESC is adopted into law for regulated utilities by each of the states and becomes effective for most of those utilities on March 1, 2017. Utilities and authorized contractors performing design, construction, operation, or maintenance tasks are responsible for meeting the applicable requirements of the NESC.  Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.

    Webinar Leader:  R. John Miner, P.E.

    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of NESC best practices and violations
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your use of and compliance with the NESC

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What is the purpose and scope of the NESC? To whom does it apply?
    • How do I navigate the NESC and use it most effectively?
    • With all of the lines of different ages that utilities have in service, what does it mean to comply with the NESC?
    • What are the risks of non-compliance with the NESC?
      …for my organization? …for me as an engineer or designer?
    • Where can I go for help on NESC rule interpretations and compliance assistance
    • How can I become more adept at recognizing and dealing with potential code violations on overhead lines?

    Webinar Content:

    • Purpose, scope, and history
    • Organization and contents
    • Application principles
    • Legal and regulatory status
    • Compliance: Risks of non-compliance and risk management
    • Recognition and correction of violations on overhead lines

    Non-Member Cost:   $110 per webinar
    Member Cost:   $  90 per webinar
    2019 NEW YEAR SPECIAL:
    Buy 3 webinars, get the 4th one FREE!
    Non-Member Cost:   $330 for 4 webinars
    Member Cost:   $270 for 4
    webinars
     


    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM (CST)
    • You will receive a link and access code.
    Register


    Utility LDPros Webinar Series

    National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

    Part 2: NESC General Requirements
    for Overhead Use

    Held on Thursday, February 21, 2019  10:00 - 11:30 AM Central Time

    IF YOU WERE A WEBINAR PARTICIPANT

    CLICK HERE

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this webinar to help utility line design professionals better understand and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

    The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines. NESC rules are established on the fundamental principles used for the safety of utility facilities and the NESC is globally recognized as good engineering practice.

    The NESC is adopted into law for regulated utilities by each of the states and becomes effective for most of those utilities on March 1, 2017. Utilities and authorized contractors performing design, construction, operation, or maintenance tasks are responsible for meeting the applicable requirements of the NESC.  Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.

    Webinar Leader:  R. John Miner, P.E.

    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of NESC best practices and violations
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your use of and compliance with the NESC
    Webinar Highlights: 
    • What is the purpose and scope of the NESC as applied to overhead lines?
    • How does the handoff occur between NESC and National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements at an overhead line service?
    • What does the NESC say about accessibility for work on overhead lines while they are in operation?
    • What is needed in the way of inspection and testing to determine NESC compliance when I line is constructed? …after it has been placed in operation?
    • Are there specific NESC rules governing the relative levels of overhead lines and equipment on the same structure based on type and voltage?
    • Does the NESC require all metallic components on an overhead line to be grounded?
    • Does the NESC have specific requirements for the removal of trees and other vegtation around overhead lines?
    • What does the NESC say about protecting line structures from damage?

    Webinar Content:

    • Purpose, scope, and application of the NESC to overhead lines
    • Accessibility, inspection, and testing
    • Grounding of structures and attachments
    • Protection of structures from climbing and physical damage
    • Vegetation management
    • Joint-use and relative levels of lines and equipment
    Non-Member Cost:   $110 per webinar
    Member Cost:   $  90 per webinar
    2019 NEW YEAR SPECIAL:
    Buy 3 webinars, get the 4th one FREE!
    Non-Member Cost:   $330 for 4 webinars
    Member Cost:   $270 for 4
    webinars
     


     
    • 7 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • 7 Mar 2020
    • 11:30 AM (CST)
    • You will receive a link and access code.
    Register


    Utility LDPros Webinar Series

    Lightning Protection for
    Overhead and Underground Distribution Lines

    RECORDED Thursday, March 7, 2019

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this webinar to help utility line design professionals understand the need for and properly apply lightning protection on overhead and underground distribution lines. Participants will learn the theory of lightning surges, the principles and practices of insulation coordination, and the application of lightning arresters for line and equipment protection.

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What is the nature of lightning and lightning surges on electric distribution lines?

    • What is meant by BIL and how does it apply to distribution components?

    • What is meant by insulation coordination and how do we achieve it?

    • How is a lightning arrester designed and how does it work to protect line components?

    • How are lightning arresters rated and properly applied on distribution lines?

    Webinar Leader:  R. John Miner, P.E.

    Non-Member Cost:   $110 per webinar
    Member Cost:   $  90 per webinar
    2019 NEW YEAR SPECIAL:
    Buy 3 webinars, get the 4th one FREE!
    Non-Member Cost:   $330 for 4 webinars
    Member Cost:   $270 for 4
    webinars
     


     
    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • You will receive a link and access code.
    Register


    Utility LDPros Webinar Series

    Grounding for Overhead and Underground Distribution Lines

    Thursday, March 21, 2019  10:00 - 11:30 AM Central Time

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this webinar to help utility line design professionals understand the need for and properly apply grounding systems on overhead and underground distribution lines. Participants will learn the purpose and principles of grounding as well as the practices required to accomplish grounding that complies with NESC requirements.

     Webinar Highlights:

    • What are the purposes of grounding on overhead and underground distribution systems?

    • What is meant by step potential and touch potential?

    • What does the NESC have to say about grounding requirements and grounding methods on electric supply lines?

    • How do the properties of the soil affect the adequacy of grounding?

    • What are some of the established best practices when it comes to grounding overhead and underground?

    Webinar Leader:  R. John Miner, P.E.

    Non-Member Cost:   $110 per webinar
    Member Cost:   $  90 per webinar
    2019 NEW YEAR SPECIAL:
    Buy 3 webinars, get the 4th one FREE!
    Non-Member Cost:   $330 for 4 webinars
    Member Cost:   $270 for 4
    webinars


     
    • 14 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 16 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Austin, TX
    Register

    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-one (21) Professional Development Hours (PDH)

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

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 12:30 PM
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