Fundamentals of Transmission Structure Design

Fundamentals of Transmission Structure Design

March 23-24, 2021 | Online :: Central Time


“I appreciate EUCI. This course was straight to the point and efficient.” Project Engineer III, Osmose Utilities Services 

“This course is great for new engineers in line designers in the industry.” Engineering Manager, Osmose Utilities Services 

The increase in demand for electric power has prompted the upgrading and building of new electrical transmission lines across North America. The demand for experienced line designers and structural engineers is ever increasing. This combined with aging and retiring experienced transmission structural engineers has made it vital for young and incoming structural engineers to become more familiar with the fundamental aspects of design, manufacturing and testing of different types of installations.   

This day and a half course is designed to provide a practical overview of the important factors and economic efficiencies to consider in design, testing and manufacturing of these structures. The first day will cover structure types, loading, industry standards, electrical clearances effect on structure geometry, and detailed design. The second day will continue design and focus on foundation design, testing, and manufacturing.   

Learning Outcomes  

  • Define and describe the different types of structures and when to use them
  • Identify the necessary loading criteria for which to design
  • Examine the applicable design standards and manuals 
  • Apply structural design fundamentals for latticed self-supporting towers, tubular steel structures, guyed structures, and more  
  • Develop an understanding of basic electrical clearances and how they shape structure geometry and design       
  • Examine the appropriate design software applications  
  • Analyze the different methods of testing and when to apply them 
  • Identify the manufacturing and finishing process for towers, poles and other structures 



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.   

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint presentations and open discussion 

Who Should Attend   

  • Transmission planners  
  • Transmission & structural engineers
  • Transmission project managers  
  • Regulators and regulator staff  
  • Utility construction contractors and engineering companies   
  • Electrical engineers in T&D design


Tuesday, March 23, 2021 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome 

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  :: Course Timing  

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


  • Basic structure types
  • Structure study 
  • Factors considered in selecting a structure type 

Structure Loading Criteria 

  • NESC  
  • ASCE Standard 7 
  • ASCE Manual 74 
  • Other loading standards 

Design Manuals and Standards 

  • ASCE Standard 48 
  • ASCE Standard 10 
  • ASCE Manual 91 
  • ASCE Manual 113

Electrical Clearances & Mechanical Loading 

  • Design Criteria
  • Weather & Load Cases
  • Developing Structure Geometry

Design and Analysis of Structures   

  • Design of lattice structures   
  • Design of steel pole structures   
  • Vendor Calculation & Drawing Review  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  :: Course Timing  


Foundation Design 

  • Types of Transmission Structure Foundations
  • Software Utilized – A Comparison
  • MFAD Examples
  • Damaged Foundation Remediation


  • Latticed towers 
  • Steel poles 
  • Other types 
  • Types of finishes 


  • Full scale structure testing   
  • Computer simulation   


Pankaj Deshmukh, PE, ASEC, Inc.

Pankaj Deshmukh has extensive experience in analysis and design of lattice transmission towers. He is a registered professional engineer in California and Texas. He has successfully designed and tested several lattice transmission towers including world’s first double circuit guyed Y structure. He has performed work for several major utilities including PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, Oncor, Ameren and CenterPoint Energy. He is currently working as the Section Manager of engineering at ASEC Inc. Also, Pankaj has extensive knowledge of lattice tower manufacturing processes and full-scale tower testing.  

Gokul Narayanan, Program Manager, ASEC, Inc.

Gokul Narayanan has 15 years of engineering experience as a Transmission Line Engineer. He graduated from University of Alabama, Birmingham with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics. He started his career as a software developer at a lidar firm before moving onto consulting. Currently he works with ASEC, Inc. as a Program Manager.  Gokul has experience on lines ranging from 15kV to 345kV, but has also has experience with construction management, inspections, and working alongside EPC teams. He has mentored various engineers during his tenure who are now successful transmission line engineers and leaders in the field.

Ben Averill, Senior Engineer, ASEC, Inc.

Mr. Averill earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2011 and B.S. in 2008. He received his California PE in 2013. Since then he has worked on a multitude of projects in the power delivery industry. His experience includes: designing greenfield transmission interconnects to deliver renewables to the grid, analysis and mitigation of existing structures in support of facility ratings assessments, and the rebuild of several transmission lines across the west mostly in mountainous areas. He has worked on projects incorporating transmission and distribution ranging from 4 to 345 kV. Most recently his work has included brownfield rebuilds of transmission lines. This includes analysis and mitigation of single pole structures and entire lines.

Landon Schulze, President, ASEC, Inc.

Mr. Schulze earned his B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.  Since then he has worked exclusively in the power delivery industry performing detailed structural design of transmission lines, transmission structures, and substation structures. Mr. Schulze’s early experience was as a consultant performing detailed EPC projects.  Mr. Schulze continued his experience serving utilities and leading project execution work on over 300 miles of 345kV double circuit lattice tower design.

In 2017, Mr. Schulze joined ASEC as a project manager and moved on to become President of ASEC Inc leading the company in project management, business development, internal employee professional development, proposals, budget and goal setting for the company.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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