Overhead Distribution Principles and Practices

March 30, 31, April 6, 7, 2021

Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern

Course Schedule and Topics

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

March 30, 2021:
 Session 1

Introduction to OHD Distribution

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

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

• Overhead line electric supply and
  communication joint use

    March 31, 2021:
     Session 2

    Overhead Line Conductors, Cables and Structures (Part 1)

    • Overhead line conductor/cable types,
      properties and applications

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

    • Overhead line structure types and applications

    • Basic concepts of structure loading and 
      strength requirements

      April 6, 2021:
       Session 3

      Overhead Line Conductors, Cables and Structures (Part 2)

      • Overhead line guying and anchoring

      • Wood and manufactured poles

      • Line design application examples and assigned

        April 7, 2021:
         Session 4

        Overhead Line Electrical Considerations

        • Overhead Line Grounding

        • Overhead Line Lightning Protection

          Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes
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          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 (April 27-May 6). 



          R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.
          Erich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

          Ted Dimberio, 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.

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