By - Jon Brown

Underground Electrical Distribution Fundamentals
November 19-20, 2019 | Nashville, TN

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More communities are seeking to underground existing overhead electrical distribution lines for a variety of reasons such as: reliability/storm hardening, visual reasons, new construction requirements and more. This course will review the fundamentals of underground distribution feeder design and operation by providing an in-depth look at underground systems, technology, construction, and operation. This is the ideal course for engineers and project managers new to underground distribution projects or anyone looking for a more in-depth look at underground distribution systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand on the various loop feed configurations used in underground systems
  • Discuss the major material types used, when and why they are used in underground systems
  • Review conductor types, applications and connecting systems used in underground systems
  • List the differences, features, types and applications of distribution transformers
  • Define the various type of padmount equipment and their applications
  • Review the design and operation safety requirements for underground systems
  • Discuss the typical fault types and other problematic issues for underground systems



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 sign in/out each day, 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.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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

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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Loop Feed Configurations

  • Dip Poles
  • Underground Feeders

Major Materials

Dead front vs. Live Front (Legacy Equipment)

  • Conductor
    • Direct Buried (NESC Part II Sec 35)
    • Installed in Duct
  • Connecting Systems
    • Molded Rubber Products
      • 200a Load Break Elbows
      • 600a Dead Break Connectors
      • Feed thru Parking Bushings and Parking Stands
      • Arresters
      • Cable Splices
    • Distribution Transformers
      • Single and Three Phase
      • Bay-o-net Fuses

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Padmount Equipment

    • Sectionalizing Cabinets
    • Switching Stations
    • Overcurrent Protective Equipment
    • Automatic Throw Over Switchgear
    • Voltage Regulators
    • Capacitor Banks

Safety Considerations

  • Design – NESC 2017 Part II Sections 30 – 39
  • Sec 31 General Requirements
  • Sec 32 Underground Conduit Systems

Operating Underground Distribution Systems

  • Visible Break
  • Grounding 


David Farmer, PE, Director of Engineering and Services, Pike Engineering

David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. Since 1983, Mr. Farmer has worked with electric utilities in power delivery planning, load forecasting, reliability analysis, engineering and operations, construction and design, training, and project management. David has worked for both investor owned utilities and electric cooperatives.

Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, Pike Engineering

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MBA from North Central College.  During his 30+ year career with Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Jerry served in a variety of engineering capacities.   Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment /Controls (2013-2014). Presently, Jerry coordinates Pike Engineering Professional Development Programs.


Doubletree by Hilton Nashville Downtown

315 Fourth Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37219

Reserve your room:

please call 1-615-747-4802

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 17 – 19, 2019

The room block is sold out. Please see nearby hotels below.


Nearby Hotels:

Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown
301 Union St N, Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 891-6000

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown
706 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 742-5550

Bobby Hotel
230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 782-7100

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