Collaboration Unlimited /
Collaborative Learning

John Miner is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry. 

R. John Miner 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.

John consults with utilities throughout the United States in a wide range of areas related to business strategy, governance, performance management, organizational development, and technical operations. He is nationally known and respected for his subject area knowledge of utility enterprises and his skills as a consultant and facilitator. John is often called on to organize and lead governing board and executive management retreats as well as guide management and employee work teams and interventions aimed at resolving specific performance problems. John works with governing boards on policy and strategy development, executive recruitment and executive evaluation.  He has also conducted numerous organizational and management reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of and recommend changes to existing organizational structures, work processes and practices, and support facilities and equipment.  John has delivered management and technical education programs for organizations throughout the U.S. and in six overseas locations.

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.



Utility Line Design
Line Design University

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.

Ted is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University. Ted 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, and provide long-term engineering documentation. Ted keeps abreast with the engineering trends by maintaining close contact with numerous state engineering boards, the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals

Collaboration Unlimited /
Collaborative Learning

Jillian Wolfe is an accomplished educator and human development professional with 20 years of experience in management and public education.  

Jillian Wolfe brings 20 years of diverse experience to Collaborative Learning/ Collaboration  Unlimited. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Human Development with a California Teaching Credential from Pacific Oaks College,  Pasadena  California, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been an Educator, Trainer, and Recruiter working in the fields of public education and high‐tech.

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.


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.

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