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AULDP offers a series of courses throughout the year as part of our commitment to continuing education.
After you register and attend, you will receive your Professional Development Hours Certificate.
Each course will be available for you to replay for 30 days after.

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THREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS

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 the safety of their overhead distribution lines. The course leaders will present an overview of the conditions and defects that are typically encountered on overhead lines and will summarize the requirements of the NESC with respect to overhead line inspection, testing and correction of conditions and defects. They will also share examples of policies, procedures and best practices for ensuring that your organization and its employees are prepared to recognize, mitigate, report and correct hazards in a timely manner.  


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UPCOMING

MINI-COURSES:

Thursdays, 12:00-3:30 PM Eastern

Earn 3 Professional Development Hours (PDH)

with each course

January 27, 2022

Distribution Grounding
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February 24, 2022
Distribution 
Voltage Regulation

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS:

Select, register, pay and view for 30 days.  Each of these former webinars is
about 90 minutes (1.5 PDHs) 
Fee per webinar: $110  With EPP:  $80


Wood 
Utility Poles

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Manufactured Utility Poles

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Pole Setting
and Soil Conditions

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Guying & Anchoring
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Texas House Bill 4150 & 

PUCT Substantive Rule 25.97

FREE- VIEW NOW


FEATURED RECORDED
MINI-COURSE:


We 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 telecom-munication 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.

COURSE FEATURES:

  • 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

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MINI-COURSE:


 

Overhead Electric

and Communication Line

Conductors and Cables

Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals are offering this practical 1/2-day mini-course 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.

This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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FEATURED RECORDED 

MINI-COURSE:


Introduction to the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

General Requirements

for Overhead Distribution Lines

The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead 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. 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. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to become more familiar with the NESC and its application to overhead distribution lines!

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MINI-COURSE:



Introduction to Utility Distribution Systems

This course provides a comprehensive and practical overview of electric utility distribution systems from transmission or generation source to the end-use customer. Participants who are new to this subject area will benefit from survey coverage of distribution substations, Distributed Energy resources (DERs), overhead and underground distribution system characteristics, including advantages and disadvantages of each, key distribution system components, and equipment types.

COURSE TOPICS:

 The electric utility distribution system:
   purpose,
functions and components
•  Overhead vs. underground distribution
•  Distribution system energy sources 
•  Distribution feeder circuits 
•  Conductors and cables
•  Overhead and underground structures
•  Voltage control equipment

•  Overcurrent and overvoltage
   protection equipment
 

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FREE 60-Minute Intro:
New to the Industry

Introductory 60-minute mini-course: Leaders will present an overview of utility line design in the context of legal and regulatory requirements, industry best practices and the professional practice of engineering design.  AULDP promotes design practices that result in overhead and underground electric and communication lines that are safe, reliable, and in full compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and professional engineering laws and regulations.

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FEATURED RECORDED
MINI-COURSE:


Surveying, Staking and GIS
in OHD 
Utility Line Design


RECORDED WEBINAR:

Using GIS in the Electric 
Utility Environment


This is an in-depth mini-course for utility line design professionals to better understand the role and importance of geographic information systems (GIS) in the design of overhead electric power lines and related utility functions. Leaders will describe the attributes of GIS, proven best practices for GIS management and use, as well as its use for engineering design and asset management.

    • Thu, April 18, 2019
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Sat, April 30, 2022
    • 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • You will receive a link and access code.
    Register



    Utility LDPros Webinar Series

    Guying and Anchoring

    RECORDED Thursday, April 18, 2019

    The Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this webinar to help utility line design professionals understand the need for and properly apply NESC guying and anchoring strengths on overhead distribution lines. Participants will learn the theory to determine minimum guy leads for most types of structures requirement guy schemes, review multiple anchor configurations, and properly document guy scheme requirements on design documents.


    Webinar Highlights:

    • How to communicate guy schemes on design documents
    • How to determine the weakest criteria between guy attachments, guy wire and anchors
    • How to determine horizontal guy forces using NESC load requirements
    • How to calculate minimum guy leads for all types of structures requiring guy schemes


    Webinar Leaders:  R. John Miner, P.E. and Ted Dimberio, P.E.


    Webinar Registration: 

    Individual Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110

    This webinar is approximately 1 hour long. You will earn 1 PDH credit




     
    • Thu, May 20, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Sat, May 20, 2023
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Available here and now - Just register!
    Register


    Utility LDPros Introductory Mini-Course

       New To The Industry

    RECORDED MAY 20, 2021 • 11:00 AM CDT

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this FREE 60-minute mini-course to help utility line design professionals understand their role and responsibilities.  The webinar leaders will present an overview of utility line design in the context of legal and regulatory requirements, industry best practices, and the professional practice of engineering design.  UtilityLDPros is offering this webinar in the interest of promoting design practices that result in overhead and underground electric and communication lines that are safe, reliable, and in full compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and professional engineering laws and regulations.

    Course Highlights:

    • Typical federal and state public utilities laws and regulations that apply to utility lines (including the National Electrical Safety Code)
    • Typical state engineering practice laws, regulations and ethical standards
    • Line design protocols. (design criteria, construction standards, design documentation, engineering reports, and records management policies/practices)
    • The line design process
    • Line designer training and continuing education
    Course Features:
    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of Transmission Distribution Underbuild
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your practice
    Course Leaders: 

    John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry. He is President and owner of Collaboration Unlimited and Collaborative Learning, Inc. since 1995 and has worked as a management consultant since 1987, providing services to clients in the electric, water, wastewater and communications utility industries.  He lives and works out of Austin, Texas and Cedar, Michigan.


    Ted Dimberio, P.E. has 40 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.  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.


    Registration Options: 

    Non-Member Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110 FREE!

    Member Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $  90 FREE!

    REGISTER NOW!

    • Thu, May 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sat, May 20, 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Available now on our site – Just Register!
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    Utility LDPros

    FREE 60-MINUTE MINI-COURSE!

    The Professional Practice of
    Overhead Utility Line Design

    Recorded September 24, 2019


    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering a Free 60-minute mini-course to help utility line design professionals recognize the need for improvement in the processes and practices used for overhead electric and communication line design. The webinar leaders will present an overview of proven “best practices” which, with proper application, can result in 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.


    Summary
    :

    All but a handful of U.S. electric utilities continue to design, construct, operate and maintain overhead distribution lines.  Nationwide, overhead lines comprise more than 60% of the electric distribution system.  A much higher percentage of transmission lines are overhead. Because they are nearly everywhere, proper engineering design of overhead lines is essential to public and employee safety, as well as to reliable and cost-effective system operation and maintenance.

    Overhead utility 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.  This webinar will present an overview of legal, regulatory and ethical requirements applicable to the professional practice of overhead electric line design, including attachments of communication cables and equipment. 

    Course Highlights:

      • Federal and state public utilities laws and regulations that apply to overhead lines
      • Applicable state engineering practice laws and regulations
      • Professional engineering ethics and specific ethical standards of conduct for overhead line engineers and designers
      • Typical line design protocols (design criteria, construction standards, design documentation, engineering reports, and records management policies/practices).
      • Best practices in overhead line design
      • Risk exposures and management strategies in overhead line design
      • Development and use of construction standards
      • Elements of the line design process


        Who Should Participate:

        This course is intended for electric and communication utility managers, staff engineers, consulting engineers, design/staking technicians, safety/regulatory professionals, and field personnel who are responsible for, or who make decisions concerning, distribution systems. It is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed engineers and engineering technicians, as well as non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

        Instructors:

        Ted Dimberio, P.E. has 40 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.  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.



        R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry. He is President and owner of Collaboration Unlimited and Collaborative Learning, Inc. since 1995 and has worked as a management consultant since 1987, providing services to clients in the electric, water, wastewater and communications utility industries.  He lives and works out of Austin, Texas and Cedar, Michigan.


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        • Fri, May 21, 2021
        • 10:00 AM (CDT)
        • Fri, May 20, 2022
        • 11:00 AM (CDT)
        • Available here and now, just register.
        Register


        FREE MINI-COURSE
        FOR TEXAS ELECTRIC UTILITIES!

        How to Comply with the Employee Training Requirements of PUCT Substantive Rule 25.97

        Overhead Electric Line Inspection and Safety Rulemaking to Implement House Bill 4150


        Highlights:

        Collaborative Learning, Inc., in cooperation with the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals is offering this free 60-minute mini-course to highlight the requirements of PUCT Substantive Rule 25.97. This webinar will describe criteria for training in overhead line hazard recognition and NESC compliance that is appropriate for both technical and non-technical employees.  The webinar will also address training documentation that is responsive to the reporting requirements of the Rule.

        Background:

        In its 2019 session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4150 requiring reporting by electric utilities, cooperatives and municipal utilities on vertical clearances compliance and related training programs and injuries.  H.B. 4150 was filed in response to the tragic death of three Boy Scouts, whose sailboat mast came into contact with a low-hanging line above Lake O’ the Pines in East Texas.  The legislation identifies 178 individually named lakes for which a utility must meet minimum clearance requirements specified in Rule 232 of the National Electrical Safety Code Standard ANSI (c)(2).1 A utility that owns a transmission or distribution line above one of the named lakes that is not in compliance with the Rule 232 clearance standards on September 1, 2019 must bring that line into compliance by December 31, 2021.

        On February 14, 2020 the Public Utility Commission adopted new rules implementing the requirements of H.B. 4150 (PUC Substantive Rule 25.97 Line Inspection and Safety). Despite naming the specific lakes in H.B. 4150, portions of the adopted Commission Rule apply more generally to all overhead line vertical clearances as required by the National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI Standard C2). The new Rule mandates that the first cycle of reports be filed no later than May 1, 2020.

        Employee Training:

        Collaborative Learning, Inc., in cooperation with the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals offers training programs in hazard recognition for non-technical employees and in hazard recognition/NESC compliance for engineering and operations employees that are responsive to the requirements of PUC Substantive Rule 25.97.  These programs can be delivered online or in-person (when conditions permit). Additionally, we can provide the training documentation that utilities need to make their initial and subsequent filings to the PUC.  Contact us for details.

        Instructors: 



        John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry. He is President and owner of Collaboration Unlimited and Collaborative Learning, Inc. since 1995, Co-Founder of Association for Utility LD Pros and has worked as a management consultant since 1987. John provides services to clients in the electric, water, wastewater and communications utility industries.  He lives and works out of Austin, Texas and Cedar, Michigan.

        Erich Schoennagel, P.E. is an experienced engineer and manager with over 38 years in the electric utility industry. Erich is an Executive Consultant and Course Instructor for Collaborative Learning. He is a retired manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy.  He managed the Transmission Project Engineering group, 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 served for fifteen years as a member advisor and later, chairman of the Underground Transmission Task Force for the Electric Power Research Institute until his retirement from CenterPoint Energy.  There he directed research related to underground transmission and superconductivity.

        Registration: 

        Individual Pricing:

        Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $120  FREE!


        REGISTER NOW!

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

        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.

        TARGET AUDIENCE:

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

        COURSE FEATURES:

        • 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.  

        TOPICS:
        • 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. 

        TOPICS:

        • 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.  

        TOPICS:

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

         

        FACULTY:

        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.


        REGISTRATION:

        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 

        • Thu, September 16, 2021
        • 12:00 PM (EDT)
        • Sat, September 16, 2023
        • 3:30 PM (EDT)
        • Online, register and watch!
        Register


        Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals is offering this practical 1/2-day mini-course to help utility managers, engineers, designers and others improve the safety of their overhead distribution lines. The course leaders will present an overview of the conditions and defects that are typically encountered on overhead lines and will summarize the requirements of the NESC with respect to overhead line inspection, testing and correction of conditions and defects. They will also share examples of policies, procedures and best practices for ensuring that your organization and its employees are prepared to recognize, mitigate, report and correct hazards in a timely manner.  

        TARGET AUDIENCE:

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

        COURSE FEATURES:

        §  Up-to-date information

        §  Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A

        §  Practical examples of hazards typically encountered on overhead lines 

        §  Actionable recommendations to improve the safety of your overhead lines through
           hazard recognition and correction

        COURSE CONTENT:

        This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

         
         Part 1:  

        Overhead Line Hazards & Remedies

        In this first session, participants will learn to recognize and correct hazards caused by conditions that are commonly encountered in the immediate vicinity of overhead lines. These conditions may be naturally occurring or caused by human activity that is beyond the direct control of the utility.

        TOPICS:

        §  Easement encroachments

        §  Accessibility by unauthorized people

        §  Vehicular hazards

        §  Contractor violations of OSHA approach distances

        §  Vegetation and wildlife

        §  Other conditions (suggested by participants)


         Part 2:  

        Overhead Line Hazards & Remedies - Defects

        In this second session, participants will learn to recognize and correct hazards caused by defects that are commonly encountered with the overhead line infrastructure. These hazards may be caused by inadequate design and/or maintenance, long-term deterioration or sudden failure of line components, or damage caused by human activity that is beyond the direct control of the utility.

        TOPICS:

        §  Inadequate clearances to ground, water and permanent structures

        §  Inadequate clearances to structures

        §  Inadequate joint use pole attachments

        §  Inadequate grounding

        §  Overloaded structural components

        §  Deteriorated and improperly maintained structures

        §  Other defects (suggested by participants)


           Part 3:  
          Overhead Line Hazard Reporting & Correction

          In this third and final part, participants will learn about the organizational challenges of timely hazard recognition, mitigation and correction. Focus will be on policies, procedures and best practices for ensuring that your organization and its employees understand their accountabilities for these important functions and how to carry them out effectively every day.

          TOPICS:

          §  Individual employee responsibilities

          §  Management responsibilities

          §  Documentation and reporting of hazards

          §  Constructive notice of hazards to potentially affected non-utility interests

          §  Process and timeline for correcting hazards

              Who handles corrections?

              What are the priorities for correction?

              How are corrections documented and reported?



            FACULTY:

            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.


            REGISTRATION:

            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 


            • Thu, September 30, 2021
            • 12:00 PM (EDT)
            • Sat, September 30, 2023
            • 3:30 PM (EDT)
            • Online, you will receive an email link the day before the course.
            Register


            Overhead Electric
            and Communication Line Conductors and Cables

            Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals is offering this practical 1/2-day mini-course 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.

            Course 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?

                      Course 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
                      • 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

                      Course 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

                      This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


                      Faculty:

                      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.


                      Registration:

                      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 


                      • Thu, October 14, 2021
                      • 12:00 PM (EDT)
                      • Sat, October 14, 2023
                      • 3:30 PM (EDT)
                      • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.
                      Register


                      Introduction to the National

                      Electrical Safety Code

                      (NESCMini-Course

                      Thursday, October 14 • 12:00-3:30 PM EDT

                      General Requirements

                      for Overhead Distribution Lines

                      The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead 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. 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. 

                      Don’t miss this opportunity to become more familiar with the NESC and its application to overhead distribution lines!

                      COURSE 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

                      COURSE CONTENT: 

                      This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

                      •  Purpose, scope, and history
                      •  Organization and contents
                      •  Application principles 
                      •  Legal and regulatory status
                      •  Compliance: Risks of non-compliance and risk management

                        General requirements for overhead lines

                      •  Accessibility, inspection, and testing
                      •  Grounding of structures and attachments
                      •  Protection of structures from climbing and physical damage
                      •  Vegetation management

                      FACULTY:

                      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 course recordings for 30 days.

                      Individual cost – $295.00

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

                      • Thu, October 28, 2021
                      • (EDT)
                      • Sat, October 28, 2023
                      • (EDT)
                      • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.
                      Register

                      Introduction to Utility Distribution Systems

                      Recorded 10/28/2021 • 3.0 PDHs


                      This course provides a comprehensive and practical overview of electric utility distribution systems from transmission or generation source to the end-use customer. Participants who are new to this subject area will benefit from survey coverage of distribution substations, Distributed Energy resources (DERs), overhead and underground distribution system characteristics, including advantages and disadvantages of each, key distribution system components, and equipment types.

                      This course combines real-time instructor-facilitated presentations with videos and photos, quizzes, live polling, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.

                      WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

                      Those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry or to the distribution system, as well as those with experience who want to “refresh and update” their understanding of the underlying theory of electrical distribution and its applications. Those who work at all organization levels and in all areas of responsibility for the distribution system including: engineering managers, design engineers, operations managers, crew supervisors, senior lineworkers, and consulting engineers. Managers and employees from other functional areas of the utility (finance and accounting, customer service, community relations, etc.) will also benefit from this course.

                      COURSE TOPICS:

                       The electric utility distribution system: purpose,

                         functions and components

                      •  Overhead vs. underground distribution

                      •  Distribution system energy sources 

                      •  Distribution feeder circuits 

                      •  Conductors and cables

                      •  Overhead and underground structures

                      •  Voltage control equipment

                      •  Overcurrent and overvoltage protection equipment 

                      COURSE LEVEL: 

                      Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites; Some advance preparation is requested, including completing a brief pre-course survey and selected readings.  

                      AGENDA: 

                      Introduction

                      §  Agenda, Key Ideas, Learning Objectives
                      §  Introductions and Interests

                      The utility distribution system

                      §  Traditional purpose and functions
                      §  Emerging purposes, functions & challenges

                      Distribution system energy sources

                      §  Transmission delivery points (Substations)
                      §  Distribution delivery points (DERs)

                      Distribution feeder circuits

                      §  Voltage levels
                      §  Arrangements

                      Distribution components and functions

                      §  Conductors and cables

                      §  Overhead line structures

                      §  Underground line structures

                      §  Distribution transformers

                      §  Voltage regulators

                      §  Capacitors

                      §  Circuit breakers, recloses, sectionalizers and fuses

                      §  Switches

                      §  Lightning arresters

                      Course Wrap-Up and Evaluation 

                       

                      LEARNING OUTCOMES:

                      Upon completion of this virtual course, attendees will be able to successfully:
                      • Describe the traditional and emerging purpose and functions of the electric utility distribution system 
                      • Explain how the distribution system delivers electricity to end-use customers
                      • Explain how the distribution system receives electricity from Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
                      • Use basic distribution system technology concerning voltage, current, power and components
                      • Visually recognize and name distribution system components and equipment

                      FACULTY:

                      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 course recordings for 30 days.

                      Individual cost – $295.00

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

                      • Thu, December 16, 2021
                      • 12:00 PM (EST)
                      • Sat, December 16, 2023
                      • 3:30 PM (EST)
                      • Online - you will receive a link and access code.
                      Register

                      Surveying, Staking and GIS for Overhead Distribution Line Design


                      Recorded live on December 16, 2021

                      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) . . . . .$890
                       . . . . .$740
                                You can participate live or watch the recordings
                                or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

                                Earn 9.0 PDHs

                      Distribution Grounding



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


                      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 

                      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.

                      Ted 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.

                      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 Fee:

                      • $1,195 for APPA members
                      • $1,195 for AULDP and Collaborative Learning contacts 
                      • $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!

                      Registration for this course is through APPA.
                      To receive the 50% Discount, 
                      contact APPA directly by
                      email or by phone.

                      Email: Registration@PublicPower.org

                      Phone: 202-467-2978

                      • Thu, January 27, 2022
                      • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
                      • Online - you will receive a link and access code.
                      Register



                      Distribution Grounding
                      Mini-Course

                      Thu. January 27, 2022 • 12-3:30 PM EST

                      NCPA, 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

                      Topics Overview:

                      §  Purposes of grounding

                      §  Grounding definitions

                      §  Earth resistivity

                      §  Grounding electrodes and conductors

                      §  Circuit and equipment grounding practices

                      §  GO 95 and GO 128 grounding requirements

                      §  NESC grounding requirements

                      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.


                      Tom Black, P.E. is an accomplished engineer and executive manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Tom has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries including employment with both municipal and Investor-owned utilities. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (with honors) and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

                      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: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300

                      Group of 3 or more: . . . . . . .$250 each

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

                                save $150 ($50 per course) . . . . .$890 . . . . .$740
                                You can participate live or watch the recordings
                                or both, over 30 days from date of purchase.

                                Earn 9.0 PDHs


                      Surveying, Staking and GIS for OHD Distribution 


                      • Tue, February 15, 2022
                      • 12:00 PM (EST)
                      • Wed, February 23, 2022
                      • 4:00 PM (EST)
                      • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.


                      Virtual Training
                      Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design

                      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. 

                      Learning Environment

                      All sessions incorporate real-time presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples and software demos, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. Participants will have the opportunity to perform more than 25 line design problems using engineering software (that is provided as a learning tool).  

                      Timing

                      Participate in a 45-minute orientation session on February 14, followed by followed by five, real-time sessions from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23. 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. Overhead 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. 

                      Learn how to enhance your line design processes and prepare designs that are safe, reliable, and in compliance with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requirements. Review industry best practices, engage with your peers, and complete over twenty-five (25) practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 

                      Attendees will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  

                      Note: Some of the exercises will require the use of line design software, which you’ll receive complimentary access to for a period of thirty (30) days from the start of the course. For reference, the software is available for purchase with prices starting at $250 for a single-seat license for “Basic” website applications.

                      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 

                      It is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Overhead Distribution System Principles and Applications online course (Jan. 18-26). 

                      Course Schedule and Topics

                      Orientation Session: February 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: Overhead Line Design Accountabilities and ProcessFebruary 15

                      • Overhead line design protocols
                      • The overhead line design process
                      • NESC general requirements for overhead lines
                      • Joint use and other considerations in overhead line design 

                      Session 2: Conductor/Cable Sag, Tension, and Clearance February 16

                      • NESC requirements for maximum conductor/cable sag determination
                      • NESC and practical requirements for maximum conductor/cable design tension 
                      • Conductor/cable sag and tension calculations
                      • Conductor/cable sag-tension software 
                      • Conductor/cable application examples and assigned exercises

                      Session 3: NESC Clearance Requirements February 17

                      • Clearances to ground and water surfaces
                      • Clearances to buildings and other structures
                      • Clearances between conductors, cables and equipment
                      • Selected special clearance conditions
                      • Clearance application examples and assigned exercises

                      Session 4: Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 1)  February 22

                      • NESC requirements for supporting structure design (loading conditions and strength requirements)
                      • Determination of mechanical forces on supporting structures 
                      • Overhead line guying and anchoring design considerations
                      • Supporting structure loading application examples and assigned exercises

                      Session 5: Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength (Part 2)  February 23

                      • Wood poles (types, treatments, dimensions, strength classes, and specifications)
                      • Manufactured poles (types, characteristics, NESC equivalent designs, and specifications
                      • Pole embedment designs
                      • Supporting structure loading application examples and assigned exercises

                      Course Level

                      Intermediate/Advanced: No prerequisites; however, completion of the Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications (Jan. 18-26) is highly recommended. Some advance preparation is requested, including attending an orientation session on Feb. 14 (1-1:45 p.m. Eastern – this will be recorded), completing a brief pre-course survey, and logging into the line design software platform.   

                      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. 
                      • Line Design Software: You will receive a separate email from Ted Dimberio (instructor and software co-developer) a week in advance of the class with directions on how to access the Utility Line Design Client program, which you’ll use to perform some basic line design calculations. 
                      • 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 work independently on online line design application exercises (some exercises will be conducted during the live sessions). Further instructions on accessing the line design software and completing the exercises will be provided at the beginning of Session One. 
                      • There will also be self-grading online quizzes to complete outside of class, to test your knowledge on key concepts.
                      • Total estimated time for completing these items is 1-2 hours per class day.

                      Accreditation

                      The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing 90% of all five live sessions. Certificates will be available by March 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:
                       UtilityLDPros@CL-CU.com; Phone: 512-284-3688

                      Registration Fee

                      • $1,195 for APPA members
                      • $1,195 for AULDP and Collaborative Learning contacts 
                      • $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!

                      Registration for this course is through APPA.
                      To receive the 50% Discount, 
                      contact APPA directly by email or by phone.

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

                    RECORDED COURSES

                    Thu, January 06, 2022 Distribution Lightning Protection Mini-Course
                    Tue, October 06, 2020 Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design
                    Tue, September 22, 2020 Overhead Distribution Principles and Practices
                    Thu, September 10, 2020 Webinar: Manufactured Utility Poles
                    Tue, September 08, 2020 Webinar: Wood Utility Poles
                    Tue, May 12, 2020 Recorded Webinar: Using GIS in the Electric Utility Environment
                    Thu, February 20, 2020 APPA-CL-AULDP Series: Joint Use #3
                    Thu, February 13, 2020 APPA-CL-AULDP Series: Joint Use #2
                    Thu, February 06, 2020 APPA-CL-AULDP Series: Joint Use #1
                    Thu, January 30, 2020 FREE Webinar: New to the Industry
                    Fri, September 27, 2019 RECORDED Webinar– Part 2: Electric and Communication Line Joint-Use... Getting it Right!
                    Fri, September 13, 2019 RECORDED Webinar– Part 1: Electric and Communication Line Joint Use... Getting it Right!
                    Mon, June 17, 2019 Webinar– Surveying and Staking: Overhead
                    Mon, June 03, 2019 Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design - Cuyahoga Falls
                    Thu, May 02, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: Pole Setting and Soil Conditions
                    Thu, March 21, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: Grounding for Overhead and Underground Distribution Lines
                    Thu, March 07, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: Lightning Protection for Overhead and Underground Distribution Lines
                    Thu, February 21, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: National Electric Safety Code (NESC) Part 2
                    Thu, February 07, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: National Electric Safety Code (NESC) Part 1
                    Thu, January 03, 2019 RECORDED Webinar: Conductors and Cables (Part II)
                    Thu, November 29, 2018 RECORDED Webinar: Conductors and Cables (Part I)
                    Sun, November 18, 2018 RECORDED Oct.18,2018 Webinar: JOINT-USE (Part II)
                    Sat, November 17, 2018 RECORDED Sept.27,2018 Webinar: JOINT-USE (Part I)
                    Thu, October 18, 2018 Webinar: Electric and Communication Line Joint Use...Getting it Right! (Part II)
                    Thu, September 27, 2018 Webinar: Electric and Communication Line Joint Use...Getting it Right! (Part I)
                    Wed, September 26, 2018 RMEL MEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR
                    Mon, September 24, 2018 Certification Training Modules for Level I
                    Thu, July 19, 2018 WEBINAR: Overhead Electric and Communication Line Joint-Use... Getting it Right!
                    Fri, June 29, 2018 FREE WEBINAR: Best Practices in Overhead Utility Line Design
                    Fri, June 15, 2018 APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo
                    Mon, June 04, 2018 Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design - Rochester MN
                    Thu, May 31, 2018 FREE WEBINAR: The Professional Practice of Overhead Utility Line Design
                    Sun, May 20, 2018 RMEL Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference
                    Mon, April 23, 2018 Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design - Denver
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