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

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

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

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

    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • online, you will receive a link prior to the webinar
    Register

    FOR RMEL MEMBERS ONLY

    Best Practices in Overhead
    Distribution Line Design Webinar

    This webinar sumarizes the results from the RMEL Distribution Line Design Best Practices Survey.

    RMEL and the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering a 60-minute webinar to present summary results from the RMEL Distribution Line Design Best Practices Survey that was conducted in March of this year.  Over twenty (20) RMEL Members provided responses to the survey which addressed a wide range of topics including the following aspects of line design:

    • Internal organization and staffing
    • External service contracting
    • Regulatory requirements
    • Education and training for line designers
    • Design criteria and standards
    • Quality and productivity measures in the line design process

    UtilityLDPros and RMEL undertook this survey to identify, share, and promote best practices in utility overhead distribution line design. 


    The webinar leaders will also 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.


    Webinar Leaders: 
    Ted Dimberio and John Miner


    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online, you will receive a link and instructions prior to the webinar.
    Register
    AULDP Webinar Series
    Electric and Communication Line Joint-Use...
    Getting it Right!

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this in-depth webinar series to help utility line design professionals recognize the need for improvement in the processes and practices used for joint-use overhead and underground electric and communication line design. The webinar leaders will describe proven 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.

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What is utility line joint-use and why is it desirable?
    • What are the significant trends in joint-use today?
    • What are the rights and obligations of pole owners?
    • What are the rights and obligations of attaching parties?
    • Who is responsible for NESC violations and other non-conforming installations?
    • What should be done to ensure NESC compliance?
    • What are some best practices for joint-use management and engineering?


    Webinar Content:


    Part 1 – September 27

    Joint-Use Benefits, Trends, Regulation
    and Management Best Practices

    • Utility line joint-use: What it is…why it is desirable
    • Industry trends in joint-use
    • 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  – October 18
    Joint-Use Engineering, Technical Best Practices
    and NESC Compliance

    • Engineering principles and ethics in joint-use
    • Technical best practices in joint-use
      – 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
    • Overhead joint-use electric supply and communication line components and characteristics (including antennas)
    • Compliance with NESC clearance & spacing requirements (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)
    • Compliance with NESC strength requirements (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)
    • Compliance with NESC burial and separation requirements (Part 3 – Underground lines)
    • Construction make-ready, notification, installation/modification, and records management best practices

    Webinar Leaders: 
    Ted Dimberio and John Miner

    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of joint-use installations
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your joint-use practices


    Cost Per webinar:   Non-Members $95     Members $75

    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online, you will receive a link and instructions prior to the webinar.
    Register
    LDPros Webinar Series
    Electric and Communication Line Joint-Use...
    Getting it Right!

    The Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) is offering this in-depth webinar series to help utility line design professionals recognize the need for improvement in the processes and practices used for joint-use overhead and underground electric and communication line design. The webinar leaders will describe proven 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.


    Webinar Content:

    Part I of this series was held on September 27. If you would like to purchase access to the recorded and archived webinar, please contact Jillian Wolfe at 512-284-3688.

    Part 2  – October 18

    Joint-Use Engineering, Technical Best Practices
    and NESC Compliance

    • Engineering principles and ethics in joint-use
    • Technical best practices in joint-use
      – 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
    • Overhead joint-use electric supply and communication line components and characteristics (including antennas)
    • Compliance with NESC clearance & spacing requirements (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)
    • Compliance with NESC strength requirements (Part 2 – Overhead Lines)
    • Compliance with NESC burial and separation requirements (Part 3 – Underground lines)
    • Construction make-ready, notification, installation/modification, and records management best practices

    Webinar Highlights:

    • What is utility line joint-use and why is it desirable?
    • What are the significant trends in joint-use today?
    • What are the rights and obligations of pole owners?
    • What are the rights and obligations of attaching parties?
    • Who is responsible for NESC violations and other non-conforming installations?
    • What should be done to ensure NESC compliance?
    • What are some best practices for joint-use management and engineering?


    Webinar Features:

    • Up-to-date information
    • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
    • Practical examples of joint-use installations
    • Actionable recommendations to improve your joint-use practices

    Webinar Leaders: 
    Ted Dimberio and John Miner


    Cost:   Non-Members $95     Members $75

    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online, you will receive a link prior to the webinar
    Register

    Webinar: Conductors & Cables (types, function, construction, support hardware, electrical properties, and physical properties)



    Non-Member Cost: $95

    Member Cost: $75

    • 26 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 AM (EST)
    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Specific Location TBA
    Register

    About This Program:

    Program developers and instructors R. John Miner, P.E. and Ted Dimberio, P.E. have over 85 years of combined experience in distribution line design and the electric utility industry.  They are offering this program to help address what they believe is a critical gap in the knowledge and application of proven industry best practices that are available but not as widely used as they should be. Participants in this program will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  Participants will also be better able to prepare designs that are safer, more reliable, and in compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).  A key part of this program is the in-depth presentation and understanding of engineering principles and their practical application through the use of line design engineering software.

    What You Will Learn:

    Overall Line Design Accountabilities and Best Practices

    • Areas of liability exposure through the use of prevailing distribution line design practices
    • Measures that can reduce liability exposure and assure compliance with NESC requirements
    • Provisions of the 2017 NESC that are applicable to overhead line design
    • How to develop and use documented design criteria and design/construction standards
    • The line design process and how to improve it
    • How to establish and sustain effective design/quality control, and inspection practices
    Elements of Line Design and Best Practices
    • How to develop and use conductor sag and tension charts
    • How to perform commonly encountered line design calculations
    • How to create line profile drawings and engineering reports
    • How to implement a uniform procedure to prepare electric supply and telecommunication joint use designs
    • How to maintain engineering records for long-term documentation
    • How to implement procedures for the identification, documentation and correction of existing NESC violations

    Hands-On Line Design Lab

    This seminar/workshop is applications-oriented, including both classroom lecture and hands-on experience.  Participants will perform over forty-five (45) line design and telecommunication joint use problems using engineering software that is provided as a learning tool. 

    Who Should Attend

    This seminar/workshop has value for those who work at all levels of overhead distribution line design and should be attended by:

    • Engineering managers
    • Design/staking technicians
    • Design engineers
    • Resident engineers
    • Design/staking supervisors
    • Consulting engineers


    Distribution line design is an engineering discipline that requires the consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics to prepare quality designs and reduce liability exposure.  Participants completing this program will receive twenty-eight (28) Professional Development Hours (PDH)

    If you have any questions or requests, contact Jillian Wolfe, Executive Director at utilityldpros@cl-cu.com. You may also call her at 512-284-3688.

    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online, you will receive a link prior to the webinar
    Register

    Webinar: Conductors & Cables (electrical and physical loading, sag and tension design, and installation)



    Non-Member Cost: $95

    Member Cost: $75

    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Specific Location TBA
    Register

    About This Program:

    Program developers and instructors R. John Miner, P.E. and Ted Dimberio, P.E. have over 85 years of combined experience in distribution line design and the electric utility industry.  They are offering this program to help address what they believe is a critical gap in the knowledge and application of proven industry best practices that are available but not as widely used as they should be. Participants in this program will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  Participants will also be better able to prepare designs that are safer, more reliable, and in compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).  A key part of this program is the in-depth presentation and understanding of engineering principles and their practical application through the use of line design engineering software.

    What You Will Learn:

    Overall Line Design Accountabilities and Best Practices

    • Areas of liability exposure through the use of prevailing distribution line design practices
    • Measures that can reduce liability exposure and assure compliance with NESC requirements
    • Provisions of the 2017 NESC that are applicable to overhead line design
    • How to develop and use documented design criteria and design/construction standards
    • The line design process and how to improve it
    • How to establish and sustain effective design/quality control, and inspection practices
    Elements of Line Design and Best Practices
    • How to develop and use conductor sag and tension charts
    • How to perform commonly encountered line design calculations
    • How to create line profile drawings and engineering reports
    • How to implement a uniform procedure to prepare electric supply and telecommunication joint use designs
    • How to maintain engineering records for long-term documentation
    • How to implement procedures for the identification, documentation and correction of existing NESC violations

    Hands-On Line Design Lab

    This seminar/workshop is applications-oriented, including both classroom lecture and hands-on experience.  Participants will perform over forty-five (45) line design and telecommunication joint use problems using engineering software that is provided as a learning tool. 

    Who Should Attend

    This seminar/workshop has value for those who work at all levels of overhead distribution line design and should be attended by:

    • Engineering managers
    • Design/staking technicians
    • Design engineers
    • Resident engineers
    • Design/staking supervisors
    • Consulting engineers


    Distribution line design is an engineering discipline that requires the consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics to prepare quality designs and reduce liability exposure.  Participants completing this program will receive twenty-eight (28) Professional Development Hours (PDH)

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

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