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ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS CONFERENCE

March 27-30, 2022

The conference of choice for public power professionals
charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.

Registration will open in November 2021 

  • The Engineering & Operations Conference is the American Public Power Association's annual meeting—attracting over 400 utility professionals—to get information and insights on key issues including:
      • Distributed energy resources
      • Environmental 
      • Grid modernization
      • Innovation 
      • Reliability, safety, and mutual aid
      • Security 
      • System planning, forecasting and modeling
      • Transmission & distribution 

Who Should Attend

Designed for public power technical/operations personnel and safety managers. The conference also has much to offer to utility directors, public power professionals involved in electric utility management and operations and city managers. With the advent of smart grid, IT and communications specialists will benefit as well.

Look for us at the Vendor Expo!

For more information,
go to the APPA website. 
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Upcoming Events and Courses

    • Thu, December 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Online - you will receive a link and access code.
    Register


    Distribution Grounding
    Mini-Course

    Thu. December 9, 2021 • 12-3:30 PM EST

    Collaborative Learning Inc. and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) are offering this mini-course 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.

    We combine real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. You will receive a certificate via email for 3.0 Professional Development Hours upon completion.

    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 distribution lines

    Instructors:


    R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. 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.


    Erich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

    Registration:

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

    Individual: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295

    Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$245 each

    Educational Perks Package (EPP): 
              Register for all three courses, 

              save $150 ($50 per course) . . . . .$885 . . . . .$735
              You can participate live or watch the recordings
              or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

              Earn 9.0 PDHs

    Distribution Lightning Protection
    Distribution Grounding

    Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution 


    • Thu, December 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Online - you will receive a link and access code.
    Register

    Surveying, Staking and GIS for Overhead Distribution Line Design


    Thu. December 16, 2021 • 12-3:30 PM EST

    3.0 PDHs Credits
    New Educational Perks Package (EPP)
    Save $50 per course, details below.
     

    Collaborative Learning Inc. and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) are offering an in-depth mini-course to help utility line design professionals better understand their role and importance in surveying, staking and geographic information systems (GIS) in the design of overhead electric power lines. Participants will learn how to obtain ground elevations at pole and along span locations and select the required span lengths and pole size based on utility defined Standards and Design Criteria to comply with NESC requirements.

    We combine real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. You will receive a certificate via email for 3.0 Professional Development Hours upon completion.

    Highlights:

     Most often used NESC Tables to stake overhead      
       distribution power lines.

    • Understanding the contents of typical Standards
       and Design Criteria.

    • How to use design guidelines to determine pole height
       and class, maximum spans and minimum guy leads.

    • How to use sag and tension charts to perform
       clearance and strength calculations.

    • How to use staking tables in the field to determine
       pole lengths.

    • The various tools required to perform staking activities.
    • How to spot poles and determine span lengths
       for typical line sections.

    • Methods and equipment used to obtain
       ground elevations.

    • Methods and procedures used to obtain
       line angles.

    • Typical sag and tension information, permits
       and easements to support staking sheets.

    • How to verify and document engineering decisions
       to support staking sheet information.


    Content:

    • Participants will learn how to incorporate 
       surveying practices in staking and design 
       of overhead distribution line design.
    • Knowledge and reference material is required 
       to stake overhead distribution power lines.
    • Examples of design guidelines required to 
       meet NESC requirements.
    • Typical tools and equipment required to stake 
       overhead distribution power lines.
    • How to obtain ground elevations at pole and 
       along span locations.
    • Methods used to obtain distribution line angles.
    • How to develop and use staking tables to determine
       pole length.
    • How to complete an overhead staking sheet.
    • How to verify and document engineering decisions.

    Instructors: 

    Ted Dimberio, P.E. has 45 years of experience in distribution line design and has worked for rural electric cooperatives and consulting firms. He is currently a private business owner, President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University, and Co-founder of the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (AULDP).  He has worked in all capacities of distribution line design that include field staking, supervision, management, and consulting. Ted has a vision to enhance distribution line design by incorporating engineering software, best practice and engineering ethics 

    Jonathan Denton is an accomplished (GIS) Geospatial Information Sciences Professional with 15 years of experience in multiple Engineering Disciplines. He currently holds a GISP Certification as well as an FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot’s License. He is the current CEO and owner of DW Digital Imagery & Associates, LLC located in Frisco, TX providing precision drone aerial mapping, mobile data collection & photogrammetry services for the following industries: Construction Management, Asset Management, Civil Design and Urban Planning. Jonathan has been a GIS Enterprise Systems Architect and Application Developer for most of his career. Furthermore, he has been involved with NTGITA (North Texas Geospatial Information Technology Association) as a past guest speaker and mentor for younger GIS professionals. Jonathan currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies / Policy from the University of West Florida. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certification in GIS from the University of Texas at Dallas. In April of 2021, Jonathan received his MBA from Western Governors University.

    Registration:

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

    Individual: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295

    Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$245 each

    Educational Perks Package (EPP): 
              Register for all three courses, 

              save $150 ($50 per course) . . . . .$885 . . . . .$735
              You can participate live or watch the recordings
              or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

              Earn 9.0 PDHs

    Distribution Lightning Protection
    Distribution Grounding

    Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution 


    • Thu, January 06, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
    Register

     Virtual Mini-Course:

    Distribution Lightning Protection

    Thursday, January 6, 2022
    3.0 PDH Certificate
    EPP: Save $50 per course (details below)


    The Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) and Collaborative Learning Inc. are offering this Mini-course 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.

    This mini-course combines real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. A video recording will be made available for your review, for 30 days after the course.

    Course 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?

    Instructors:  

    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 nationally known and respected for his subject area knowledge of utility enterprises and his skills as a consultant and facilitator.  John is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs 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 has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, as General Manager of the Rochester, Minnesota Public Utilities, and as Senior Engineer/Project Manager for the Toledo Edison Company. His academic experience includes an appointment as Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology. Mr. Miner 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.

    Tom Black, P.E.  is an independent consultant and course instructor in the electric and gas utility industry.  His experience includes both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. His range of experience in the utility industry covers 30 years and includes planning and engineering, standards, Construction and Maintenance Manager, Energy Delivery General Manager and Chief Energy Officer responsible for all aspects of energy supply, electric transmission and distribution and gas distribution. Tom has significant utility experience in the development of tracking and reporting electric and gas system performance metrics. Results were used in the development of targeted maintenance and replacement programs intended to improve system performance and manage overall costs. As the Energy Delivery General Manager, Mr. Black was responsible for the development of Colorado Springs Utilities first NERC compliance program. Tom has served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities CAMU and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis with honors and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Arizona. 

    Registration:

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

    Individual: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295

    Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$245 each

    Educational Perks Package (EPP): 
              Register for all three courses, 

              save $150 ($50 per course) . . . . .$885 . . . . .$735
              You can participate live or watch the recordings
              or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

              Earn 9.0 PDHs

    Distribution Lightning Protection
    Distribution Grounding

    Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution 

    • Tue, January 18, 2022
    • (EST)
    • Wed, January 26, 2022
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.


    Virtual Training
    Overhead Distribution
    Principles and Applications

    Join us as we hold this popular course as a series of five interactive virtual sessions. It’s a convenient way to 'attend' the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn 14 PDH credits. This course is applications-oriented, including online lecture, interaction, and learning by doing. 

    Learn about the characteristics and functions of overhead distribution components and the legal/regulatory/business requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Explore specific requirements and practices associated with overhead line conductors and cables, structural components, grounding, and lightning protection.

    Learning Environment

    All sessions incorporate real-time presentations from industry experts, Q&A, group interaction, and hands-on exercises. 

    Timing

    Participate in a 45-minute orientation session on January 14, followed by five, real-time sessions from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on January 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. There will be two 15-minute breaks incorporated into each session.

    Course Overview

    Overhead distribution continues to play an essential role for most utilities in delivering electric service to end-use customers, either directly or as the source for underground line extensions. Learn about the characteristics and functions of the various components that comprise the overhead distribution system as well as the legal/regulatory and business requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. 

    Explore specific requirements and practices associated with overhead line conductors and cables, structural components, grounding, and lightning protection. Learn how to review and improve your utility’s overhead line design criteria and construction standards, make better design decisions, and enhance safety and service reliability. 

    Recommended For

    Those who work at all levels of overhead distribution design including:
    Engineering managers
    Design engineers 
    Design/staking supervisors and technicians
    Consulting engineers
    Crew supervisors and senior lineworkers 

    Those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry or to overhead distribution, as well as those with experience who want to “refresh and update” their understanding of underlying principles, practices, and the components and equipment that comprise today’s overhead distribution system will benefit from participating.

    It is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design online course February 15-23, 2022. 

    Course Schedule and Topics

    Orientation Session: January 14 (1-1:45 p.m. Eastern)
    We request that all participants attend this session, though a recording will also be made available. The session will cover:

    Instructor and participant introductions 

    Course overview, materials, and expectations

    Technology and logistics (the APPA document portal and homework/exercises)

    Zoom functionality (breakout rooms, webcams/audio, best practices, etc.)

    Completion requirements for continuing education credits

    Each subsequent session will be held from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern.  

    Session 1: Introduction to Overhead Distribution
    January 18

    The overhead distribution system: purpose, characteristics, components and equipment

    The legal, regulatory and business environment for overhead distribution design, construction and operation

    Introduction to NESC requirements for overhead lines 

    Session 2: Overhead Line Conductors, Cables and NESC Clearances
    January 19

    Overhead line conductor/cable types, properties and applications

    Basic concepts of sag-tension design and its impact on clearances

    Introduction to NESC clearance requirements and compliance

    Session 3: Overhead Line Physical Loading and Structures (Part 1)
    January 20

    Overhead line structure types and applications

    Basic concepts of structure loading and strength 

    Introduction to NESC loading/strength requirements and compliance

    Session 4: Overhead Line Conductors, Cables, and Structures (Part 2)
    January 25

    Overhead line guying and anchoring

    Overhead line materials (wood and manufactured components)

    Basic line design application examples and assigned exercises

    Session 5: Overhead Line Electrical Considerations
    January 26

    Overhead line grounding

    Overhead line insulation and lightning protection

    Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes  -  Coming soon!

    Course Level

    Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites, though some advance preparation is requested, including attending an orientation session on January 14 (1-1:45 p.m. Eastern – this will be recorded) and completing a brief pre-course survey. 

    For those looking for more comprehensive training, it is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design online course (Feb. 15-23).

    Technology Requirements

    Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Click here to learn more about downloading the Zoom Web Client.

    Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout session and group discussions.

    Additional Requirements

    2017 NESC: Participants are required to have a copy of the 2017 National Electric Safety Code®(ANSI C2-2017) on hand to review during the course. Hard copies and electronic version can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org; 800/701-4333).

    Course Access and Materials

    Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of Session 1.

    Course materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal a week before the course, where the eManuals and other course materials will be made available, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions. 

    Recordings: The sessions will be recorded and can also be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last course session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

    Application Exercises/Homework

    Following each live session, participants are expected to either complete a quiz (to test your knowledge on key concepts) or work independently on line design application exercises (some exercises will be conducted during the live sessions). 

    Further instructions will be provided at the beginning of Session One. The estimated time for completing these items is up to 1 hour per class day.

    Accreditation

    The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing 90% of all five live sessions. Certificates will available by Feb. 9. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live events (click here to review requirements).

    Recommended CEUs 1.4/PDHs 14/CPEs 16.8 
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

    Instructors 

    minerR. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. 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.

    tedTed Dimberio, P.E., in an accomplished engineer with over 40 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, 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.

    ericErich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

    Questions? 

    Registration/Billing
    Email: Registration@PublicPower.org; Phone: 202-467-2978

    Schedule/Content/Accreditation
    Email: EducationInfo@PublicPower.org; Phone: 202-467-2978

    Held in partnership with:

    Collaborative Learning, Inc., and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals

    Registration Fee:

    • $1,195 for APPA members
    • $1,195 for AULDP and Collaborative Learning contacts 
      who use the code ___________.
    • $2,390 for nonmembers

    Group Discounts: Save $50 per registrant with a group of 5-9, $100 per person for 10-14, $150 per person for 15 or more. The more in your group, the greater the discount!

    Register Now!

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