Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems
April 15-16, 2019 | Chicago, IL
This course will introduce and provide non-technical people with the basics of the overhead distribution system and all the general components that make up the system. Issues that are involved in the design, construction, operation, reliability, protection and maintenance of overhead distribution, as well as safety awareness will be discussed. It will allow people who are not distribution engineers to know enough to oversee projects or simply have a better understanding of the system.
- Review the power system from generator to customer and where distribution fits in
- Discover how a distribution system works and system configurations
- Expand on the functions of the system through reliability, power quality, protection and voltage regulation
- List the various equipment components that make up the system
- Review the what, the why, and the how of system construction
- Discuss the operation considerations of protection, reliability and safety
- Explain the differences in a comparison of overhead and underground systems
- Explore challenges in system operation
- Review utility approaches to improving reliability
- Discuss methods and practices for modernizing the overhead distribution system
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 1.1 CEUs for this event.
Review Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.
Monday, April 15, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
Distribution – What is it?
- The power system from generator to customer
- Major types of distribution systems
- Typical distribution system configurations
- Branch lines
- Descending hierarchy
How Distribution Systems Work – Electrical Part I
- Voltages, amps, resistance
- Single phase and three phase
- Power and impedance
How Distribution Systems Work – Electrical Part II
- Power quality
- Voltage drop, flicker, harmonics
- Power Factor
- Voltage regulation
Design Considerations – What is That?
- Major materials
- Poles, crossarms, conductors, equipment
- Smaller materials
- Primary and secondary materials
- Nuts, bolts, washers, and more
- Pole top assemblies
- Horizontal and vertical configurations
- Alternate construction configurations
- Guy attachments, guy wire, anchors
- What they are – how they work
- Three phase configurations
- Photo quiz
- Special electrical equipment
- Regulators, auto transformers, capacitors, metering
Design Considerations – Why is it Built That Way?
- Codes and regulations
- National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
- Other regulatory agencies
- Mechanical and electrical
- Equipment sizing
- Conductor sag, tension, clearance
- Utility and industry standards
- Line crew considerations
- Storm hardening
- Stronger or more resilient?
Design Considerations – Why Are Those Lines Where They Are?
- System analysis
- Load flow and power quality
- Line and equipment loading
- System planning
- Projecting future new loads
- Modeling the future system
- Other considerations
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
Operating Considerations – What Does it Take to Keep the Lights On?
- System protection
- What line faults are
- Devices used to handle fault conditions
- System protection schemes
- Special situations
- Distributed generation
- Disruptive loads
- Public perceptions and pressures
Improving Reliability – What are Utilities Doing?
- Switching and protective devices
- Automated switching and reconfigurations
- Automated outage reporting
- Storm hardening
Modernizing the System – Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?
- Energy sector R&D
- Utility programs
Safety – Saving the Most Important Topic for Last
- Electrical considerations
- Public safety
- Employee safety
- Stray voltage
Wes Spencer, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Wes is a Senior Project Engineer for POWER Engineers, St. Petersburg, FL and holds a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
Wes has over 40 years of experience with distribution systems including over 20 years with a Florida utility, private consulting, and working with POWER Engineers. He has developed standards, taught distribution design, directed line crews, and led multiple complex design projects. He has served in leadership positions on numerous technical committees. He is currently technical lead for major distribution projects with POWER Engineers.
Rod Ratcliff PE, Consultant, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Rod is a Project Engineer for POWER Engineers, Fort Worth, TX and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
During his 10 year career as a consultant in the Power Systems Utility industry Rod has served in a wide variety of power systems engineering design fields including: Low Voltage Electrical System Design, Arc Flash Studies, Substation Design and Ground Testing, Transmission Line Design, Transmission Line SCADA Control and Metering, Overhead and Underground Distribution Line Design, Distribution System Studies and Planning, as well as Reports and Studies for Need, Placement, and Planning of New Substations and New Transmission Lines as required by the Public Utility Commission(PUC). Presently, Rod works in the field of Distribution Design and is also involved in corporate internal training.
Springhill Suites Chicago/O’Hare
8101 W Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631
Reserve your room:
please call 1-773-867-0000
Room Block Reserved For:
Nights of April 14-15, 2019
Room rate through EUCI:
$139.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to March 18, 2019.