Electrical T&D Civil and Structural Symposium
October 23-24, 2017
Atlanta, GA

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Civil engineers are facing challenges every day with site-related, foundation and structural issues in their electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure projects. This forum will explore and detail some of those issues affecting transmission lines and substations alike.

The symposium is a place for transmission and substation engineers to exchange ideas and concepts while providing new engineers with the opportunity to learn more about topics specific to transmission structures, substation structures, and foundation engineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss American Electric Power’s lessons learned and their successes in the development of secondary oil containment systems
  • Review recommended and effective stormwater management solutions for substations
  • List the considerations for vehicular access planning for substations
  • Expand on the challenges and solutions that Xcel Energy faced when replacing the foundations for a portion of a line damaged in a storm
  • Engage in a discussion on a sustainability approach for transmission line structures
  • Discuss various case studies highlighting defects in pole structures and what beneficial information can be gleaned from them
  • Review the importance of communication between the design groups during a substation project



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 0.8 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

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.


Monday, October 23, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions

8:40 – 9:40 a.m. :: Impacts of Secondary Oil Containment

American Electric Power will review and discuss the systems that they have been developing for their oil containment systems as well as tests performed on those systems. Details on the types of systems and testing methods of the systems will be reviewed through lessons learned. The impacts of those systems on site layout and planning will be reviewed as well.

Joe Moore, Civil/Structural Substation Principal Designer, American Electric Power

9:40 – 10:40 a.m. :: Site Stormwater Drainage Solutions for Substations  

Stormwater regulation has become more stringent across the country with more emphasis placed on reducing stormwater volume. This regulation impacts the development of new substations, as well as the expansion of existing substations for their utility owners. This presentation will review practices and methods in effective stormwater management for substations and lessons learned through projects with a particular focus on one case study.

Brett Carlgren, Director Civil Engineering, Kiewit

Invited Utility Speaker

10:40 – 11:10 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. :: Access Considerations for Site Development Design of Electrical Substations

This presentation will discuss the components to consider for vehicular access into a substation site during construction, but more importantly after it is energized for routine maintenance and future equipment replacement.  More than entrance gates and roads, the presentation will get into considerations for the size and type of vehicles and equipment that may be entering and used inside a station and effective planning for those.

Kurt Penberthy, P.E., Project Manager, POWER Engineers, Inc.

12:10 – 1:10 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:10 – 2:40 p.m. :: Optimizing Foundation Design for Site Conditions

This presentation will review a unique foundation challenge for Xcel Energy. In the summer of 2016 Xcel Energy experienced a storm event that resulted in the collapse of approximately 10 miles of a 345 KV transmission line near Rogers, Minnesota. In design of the new transmission line, Xcel Energy determined that ten tower locations would be replaced with steel H-frame structures supported by helical piles instead of wood H-frame structures supported by driven wooden piles. A steel foundation was proposed for the towers due to time constraints and site conditions unfavorable to large pile driving equipment. With the shear, moment, and axial loads provided, they used pile group modeling and axial capacity software to design a four helical pile group; and used 3D modeling and finite element software to design a moment resistant grillage to connect to the tower base.

Tony Moore, Transmission – Principal Specialty Engineer, Xcel Energy

Jason Herron, Senior Application Engineer, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.

2:40 – 3:10 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:10 – 4:30 p.m. :: Innovation in Structural Design

Transmission and substation structures have seemingly not changed much over the past decades, but there has been and continues to be innovation in the design and manufacturer of structures for the industry. Material and manufacturing technologies have grown up with the industry, and there are now many combinations of structure types and possibilities. This presentation will engage attendees in the recent innovations and what may be just down the road and how these innovations may impact your projects.

Mike Khavari, P.E., P. Eng., M. ASCE, Founder, ASEC Inc.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Sustainability Approach for Transmission Line Structures

  • Steel poles, Concrete poles and Latticed steel towers
  • Design and engineering concepts
  • Design review of critical connection joints
  • Review process of manufacturing drawings
  • Manufacturing plant Audit and QA/QC documentation
  • Inspection process for final products
  • Full scale testing
  • Construction and maintenance 

Ajay Mallik, President and CEO, SANPEC, Inc.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Project Coordination with Electrical Engineers

This discussion will center around the importance of communication between the design groups during a substation project.  The importance of civil engineering is often overlooked in the utility substation design process which is typically run by electrical engineers at the utilities and in consulting.  Civil engineers play a key role in most aspects of substation design from land acquisition, physical design and control house layout to construction support.   The most significant design coordination issues will be considered in detail to avoid redesign and expensive rework during construction.

Pam Kelley, PE, POWER Engineers, Inc.

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


Brett Carlgren, Director Civil Engineering, Kiewit

Jason Herron, Senior Application Engineer, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.

Pam Kelley, PE, POWER Engineers, Inc.

Mike Khavari, P.E., P. Eng., M. ASCE, Founder, ASEC Inc.

Ajay Mallik, President and CEO, SANPEC, Inc.

Joe Moore, Civil/Structural Substation Principal Designer, American Electric Power

Tony Moore, Transmission – Principal Specialty Engineer, Xcel Energy

Kurt Penberthy, P.E., Project Manager, POWER Engineers, Inc.


Marriott Atlanta Century Center
2000 Century Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

To reserve your room, please call 1-404-325-0000
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $203.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 22 – 23, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to September 22, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, October 06, 2017
Standard RateAttendees
Electrical T&D Civil and Structural SymposiumUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

*Please note: all attendees of the conference will receive a flash drive containing all presentations that are made available by the presenters. If you cannot attend the conference but would still like a copy of these materials, please consider purchasing the proceedings package listed below

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Proceedings package US $ 295.00

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 22, 2017 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800