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    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 28 Dec 2022
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Online, you will receive a link

    First Online Mini-course was held September 28
    Get on the list for our next one, Date TBD

    3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH)

    We can build custom programs for your organization!

     THE NEW 2023 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY CODE

    An overview of the NESC and significant changes in the 2023 Edition

    The 2023 edition of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was published on August 1, 2022 and will go into effect on February 1, 2023. The NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electric utility systems.

    Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.

    Collaborative Learning, Inc. offers programs on the NESC that vary in length from one-half to three days (3-18 contact hours) in whatever format and length best meets the needs of our clients.   This includes on-site or on-line programs. All programs address the origins of the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting the important changes that are effective with the 2023 edition.  Longer programs will allow more extensive and in-depth coverage of topics, as well as practice exercises for participants.

    Major updates to the 2023 Edition include:

        Rules 190-195: New rules for Photovoltaic (PV)
           generating stations.

        Rule 116c: Adds EXCEPTION for providing short-
           circuit protection if < 1000 V and short lengths of
           insulated power cables.

        Rule 320B: Revised to clarify separations apply
           to communications and supply in different conduit
           systems.

        Table 410-4: Adds new Table based on latest
           Arc-Flash testing on live-front transformers.

        Rule 092A: Exception added allowing protection,
           control, safety battery systems to not be grounded.

        Rules 224 B1, C1, D1: Revised to to better present
           horizontal wind clearances, and coordinate
           requirements with new Table 234-7. 

        Rule 120A: Revised, now provides correction
           factors for clearances on higher elevations.

        Table 253-1: Revised to reduce Load Factor for
           fiber-reinforced polymer components under wire
           tension, including dead ends, for Grade C
           construction.

    NESC Programs

    All programs address the origins of the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting important changes that are effective with the 2023 edition. Longer programs will allow more extensive and in-depth coverage of topics, as well as practice exercises for participants.

    Program Highlights

    • NESC purpose, organization and application
    • Significant revisions contained in the 2023 NESC
    • NESC compliance, legal liability and risk management 
    • Rule interpretations and sources of help for compliance
    • Recognition and correction of code violations
    • Integration of NESC requirements into design, construction and maintenance practices
    • Safety and work rules for construction and operations personnel
    • Code interpretation and compliance issues contributed by course participants

    Who Should Attend

    Managers, safety professionals, electric utility engineers, designers, technicians and all field personnel who are responsible for decisions concerning transmission and distribution systems. The course is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed professionals, including engineers and engineering technicians as well as skilled craft personnel, field supervisors and non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

    Course Level:

    This course does not have prerequisites and does not require advance preparation; however, familiarity with the NESC will be helpful in gaining a more in-depth understanding of the code changes and their ramifications.

    About the Instructors

    R. John Miner, Tom Black, Erich Schoennagel and Ted Dimberio are effective and experienced adult education instructors with extensive electric utility engineering, operations, safety, and management experience. All four have worked with the NESC throughout their careers.  Collaborative Learning (CL) has delivered NESC programs to a wide range of audiences throughout the U.S. for more than 25 years.

    Mini-Course Prices

    In case you miss any part of the mini-course, or want to review it, your registration includes full access to the course recordings for 30 days.

    Individual cost – $295.00

    Organizations registering 3 or more individuals, per person – $245.00 

    Additional Information

    For more information or to inquire about scheduling and pricing of custom courses, contact R. John Miner, President of Collaborative Learning, Inc.     

    Email:  John.Miner@CL-CU.com

     
    • 3 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 5 Oct 2022
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online, you will receive a link


    In-Person Training
    Best Practices in
    Overhead Distribution
    Line Design


    Part of the Fall Education Institute. Learn all about structural design principles, along with hands-on design exercises, including the practical application of a design program.

    This course builds on content presented in the Overhead Distribution Principles and Applications virtual course (August 23-31). It is highly recommended that attendees take both courses.

    Learning Environment

    All sessions incorporate real-time presentations from industry experts, Q&A, group interaction, and hands-on exercises. 

    Timing

    Monday, October 3 – Wednesday, October 5
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.

    Course Overview

    Overhead distribution continues to play an essential role for most utilities in delivering electric service to end-use customers either directly or as the source for underground line extensions. Overhead 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. 

    Learn how to enhance your line design processes and prepare designs that are safe, reliable, and in compliance with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requirements. Review industry best practices, engage with your peers, and complete over twenty-five (25) practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 

    Who Should Attend

    Those who work at all levels of overhead distribution design including:
    • Engineering managers
    • Design engineers 
    • Design/staking supervisors and technicians
    • Consulting engineers
    • Crew supervisors and senior lineworkers 


    Course Topics

    Overhead Line Design Accountabilities and Process
    • Overhead line design protocols and processes 
    • NESC general requirements for overhead lines
    • Joint use and other considerations in overhead line design 
     Conductor/Cable Sag, Tension, and Clearance
    • NESC requirements for maximum conductor/cable sag determination
    • NESC and practical requirements for maximum conductor/cable design tension 
    • Conductor/cable sag and tension calculations, sag-tension software, and application examples/exercises 
     NESC Clearance Requirements
    • Clearances to ground and water surfaces; buildings and other structures; and between conductors, cables and equipment
    • Selected special clearance conditions and application examples/exercises
     Overhead Line Structure Loading and Strength 
    • NESC requirements for supporting structure design 
    • Determination of mechanical forces on supporting structures 
    • Overhead line guying and anchoring design considerations
    • Supporting structure loading application examples and exercises
    • Wood poles (types, treatments, dimensions, strength classes, and specifications) and manufactured poles (types, characteristics, NESC equivalent designs, and specifications) 
    • Pole embedment designs
     Half-day Line Design Workshop
    • Line design exercises, software applications and discussion  

    What to Bring 

    Participants are required to bring a laptop to work through in-class, line design application exercises and a basic engineering calculator or app.

    Line Design Software 

    You will use the Utility Line Design Client program to perform some basic line design calculations in class. You’ll receive complimentary access to for 30 days (from the start of the course). 

    Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

    Coming soon!

    Course Level 

    Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites; no advance preparation. For those looking for more comprehensive training, it is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Overhead Distribution Principles and Applications virtual training being held August 23-31.  

    Accreditation

    The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the session (click here to review requirements). Certificates will be available by October 21. 

    Recommended CEUs 2/PDHs 19.5/CPEs 23.4 
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

    Instructors 

    Ted Dimberio, P.E., is 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.

    Erich Schoennagel, P.E., has cultivated over 45 years of experience in the electric industry. He is a former manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy and managed the Transmission Project Engineering group. Erich served for 15 years as a member advisor and chairman of the Underground Transmission Task Force for the Electric Power Research Institute until his retirement from CenterPoint Energy. There he directed research related to underground transmission and superconductivity. He was a board member of the annual TSDOS symposium, and a former member of the American Concrete Institute 336 committee related to foundation design and construction. 

    M. Thomas Black, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and course instructor with more than 30 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries. In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal and investor owned utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. He teaches a variety of courses on technical topics and also has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems, including serving as chief energy officer and energy delivery general manager. Tom has also served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    Registration Fee: Save $50 before September 12!

    • $3,350 for non-members before Sept. 12
      $3,400 after Sept. 12
    • $1,650 for APPA members before Sept. 12
      $1,700 after Sept. 12
    • $1,650 for Collaborative Learning & Academy before Sept. 12
      $1,700 after Sept. 12 

    Overhead Distribution Bundle:

    Save $200! This includes registration fees for the 2 classes in the track: Overhead Distribution Systems Principles & Applications (virtual) and Best Practices in Overhead Line Design (in-person).

    • $5,600 for non-members
    • $2,700 for APPA members before Sept. 12
    • $2,700 for Collaborative Learning & Academy

    Registration for this course is BEING HANDLED through APPA. To receive the APPROPRIATE Discount(S), Contact APPA directly by
    email or by phone.

    Email: Registration@PublicPower.org

    Phone: 202-467-2978

    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    New to the Industry

    Expanded Virtual Mini-Course

    Thu., Oct. 20, 2022 • 12:00-3:30 PM EDT

    Collaborative Learning Inc. and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) are offering this expanded mini-course to help utility line design professionals understand their roles and responsibilities. The instructors will present utility line design in the context of legal and regulatory requirements, industry best practices and the professional practice of engineering design. This mini-course promotes design practices that will result in overhead and underground electric and communication lines that are safe, reliable, and in full compliance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and professional engineering laws and regulations.

    Course Highlights:

     Typical federal and state public utilities laws and regulations that apply to utility lines (including the National Electrical Safety Code)

     Typical state engineering practice laws regulations and ethical standards

     Line design protocols. (design criteria, construction standards, design documentation, engineering reports, and records management policies/practices)

     The line design process

     Line designer training and continuing education
     Course Features:Up-to-date information
     Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
     Practical examples of Transmission Distribution Underbuild
     Actionable recommendations to improve your practice

    Course Instructors:


    Ted Dimberio, P.E., is 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.

    Erich Schoennagel, P.E., has cultivated over 45 years of experience in the electric industry. He is a former manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy and managed the Transmission Project Engineering group. Erich served for 15 years as a member advisor and chairman of the Underground Transmission Task Force for the Electric Power Research Institute until his retirement from CenterPoint Energy. There he directed research related to underground transmission and superconductivity. He was a board member of the annual TSDOS symposium, and a former member of the American Concrete Institute 336 committee related to foundation design and construction. 

    M. Thomas Black, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and course instructor with more than 30 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries. In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal and investor owned utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. He teaches a variety of courses on technical topics and also has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems, including serving as chief energy officer and energy delivery general manager. Tom has also served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    Registration Options: 

    Individual Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295.00

    Group of 3 or more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $245.00 each

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