ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
R. JOHN MINER, P.E.
John Miner is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry.
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.
PRESIDENT AND C.F.O.
Utility Line Design
Ted Dimberio, P.E. has 40 years of experience in distribution line design and has worked for rural electric cooperatives and consulting firms, and most recently, is a private business owner.
Ted has worked in all capacities of distribution line design that includes field staking, supervision, management, and consulting. Ted has a vision to enhance distribution line design by incorporating engineering software, best practice and engineering ethics.
JILLIAN S. WOLFE
Jillian Wolfe is an accomplished educator and human development professional with 20 years of experience in management and public education.
She began her career working as an Operations Manager and Recruiter for a consulting firm within the high‐tech industry. Her primary focus was recruiting mid‐level candidates for various opportunities within the personal computer, communications, semiconductor, software and capital equipment industries. She managed a team of recruiters and multiple retained‐search projects, consistently meeting or exceeding her sales and business development goals. She facilitated the growth of the firm’s candidate database and assisted in acquiring new projects with start‐up companies and the Venture Capital firms who funded them.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The ACADEMY for Utility Line Design Professionals, which also uses the name UtilityLDPros, has been formed to promote integrity and safety in overhead and underground electric power and communication line safety and performance. The ACADEMY will achieve this purpose through the training, certification, and continuing education/development of highly qualified line design professionals, along with the application of engineering ethics and industry best practices to the line design process.
UtilityLDPros is a creation of Ted Dimberio, P.E. and R. John Miner, P.E., who have over 85 years of combined experience in overhead and underground line design and the electric utility industry. They are initially offering the services and benefits of membership in UtilityLDPros to address what they believe is a critical gap in the knowledge and application of proven industry and professional engineering best practices to the design of overhead electrical distribution and communication lines. Structural and conductor design using state-of-the-art software to determine physical loading forces, material strengths, and conductor sag-tension conditions is the accepted practice for transmission line design. Such design approaches and tools are available for electrical distribution and communication line design, but not as widely used as they should be. Accepted practice too often relies on past practices rather than best practices. Design guides and construction standards are often dated rather than continuously updated, and the design guides and standards are too often applied by engineers and technicians who don’t thoroughly understand the engineering principles that they embody.
It is the goal of UtilityLDPros to better prepare both its individual and corporate members to adopt best practices and processes that will help ensure the understanding and application of 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.