Overhead Distribution Principles and Practices

March 30, 31, April 6, 7, 2021

Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern

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 sessions and group discussions.  
  • Utility Line Design Software: You will receive access information and be asked to download the Utility Line Design Software Client Program (to perform some basic line design calculations discussed in class) a week in advance of the first session—registrants will receive more details by email. 
  • Additional Requirements

    • 2017 NESC: Participants are required to have a copy of the 2017 National Electric Safety CodeĀ® (ANSI C2-2017) on hand to review during the course. Hard copies and electronic version can be purchased from IEEE (; 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 programwhich 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 30 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 an online line design application exercise (some exercises will be conducted during the live sessions).
    • Further instructions will be provided at the beginning of Session One. Total estimated time for completing these items is 1 hour total.

    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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