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By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Transmission Structure Design
May 5-6, 2020 | Online :: Central Time (CT)

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This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses.

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Fundamentals of Transmission Line Design, May 4-5, 2020 in Orlando, FL

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, industry standards, loading and methods of design. The second day will continue design and focus on available software, testing, manufacturing and the latest innovations in structural design. 

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  
  • 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 
  • Examine the possibilities of aesthetics and innovation in transmission design



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


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. 

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint presentations and open discussion 


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

12:30 – 1:00 a.m. :: Login

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


  • Structure study (types of transmission structures) 
  • 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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Design and Analysis of Structures 

  • Design of lattice structures 
  • Design of steel pole structures 
  • Specialized foundations 


  • Other FEA software 


  • Full scale structure testing 
  • Computer simulation 

Innovation in Design 

  • Importance of aesthetics in design 
  • Latest innovations 


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


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.  

Mike Khavari, PE, P.Eng. M., Owner and Consultant Engineer, ASEC Inc. 

Mike Khavari received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Texas in 1979.  He has over 35 years of experience in the design and analysis of new and existing lattice and tubular steel structures.  Mr. Khavari has been involved with research and full scale testing of various types of steel transmission structures. He serves on the following ASCE Manual and Standard Committees:  

  • Design of Latticed Steel Transmission Structures: ASCE Standard 10-97 
  • Design of Steel Transmission Pole Structures:  ASCE Standard 48-11 
  • Substation Structures Design Guide:  ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 113 
  • Design of Guyed Electrical Transmission Structures:  ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 91 

In 1991, Mr. Khavari started, ASEC Inc., an engineering consulting company specializing in the design and analysis of various types of transmission, communication and substation structures. In 1993, he started the North American Pole Corporation (NAPCO), a tubular steel manufacturing facility from the ground up.   NAPCO is a manufacturer of tubular steel structures.  An iconic structure manufactured by NAPCO is the famous mouse head steel tower located at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.   

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.

  • 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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