Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

May 20-22, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Far exceeded my expectations. Taught by true professionals in their industry.” COO, Universal Electric

“As a young engineer in the transmission and distribution industry, and having only one year of experience, this course provided fantastic information (both technical and non-technical) for me to advance my learning curve.” Assistant Civil Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

“The best resource I have seen for comprehensive introduction to the overhead distribution system.” Industry Director, NEMA

“Everything I’ve ever wanted to know about overhead distribution systems with presenters that could answer my questions along the way.” Engineering Manager, Altec Industries

“As a Sales Specialist working in sales operations, I am immersed daily with buzzwords that describe the fruits of distribution systems. Yet I haven’t understood where the seeds of these systems stemmed from unit the EUCI course. I now have a better general understanding of distribution systems and feel more comfortable diving into the weeds of the purpose, design, implementation, and maintenance of such systems. Two and a half years into my job has provided learning by immersion, yet this course immerses me into learning, and provides a balance of theory and application.” Sales Specialist, Landis & Gyr

“EUCI does a great job of bringing real-world examples and references into the classroom.” Sales Director, Landis & Gyr

“This was a very valuable course. I wish that I had taken it 10 years ago.” Director of Research & Energy Tech, Vectren

“Very good course for non-technical persons in the distribution field. I would also recommend for new engineers in the field. Gave a good overview into what’s on a distribution network, why it’s there, what it does and some of the emerging things in the industry.” Distribution Engineer, The Barbados Light & Power Company

“As a DOT Utility Engineer, it is good to have a general knowledge of various utility systems, design requirements, and operating requirements. This class provided that for overhead distribution without going too deep into the engineering and design. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand the overhead distribution side of the world that does not have an electrical background or understanding.” Utilities Engineer, Delaware Department of Transportation

“Recommend this course for everybody. It is a good refresher on overhead distribution.” Utilities Engineer, CPUC

“The EUCI Overhead Distribution Systems course was very informative. The presenters kept the course flowing at a good pace. They were engaging and kept my interest by inserting stories from their past experiences in this industry.” Regional Manager, City Light & Power

“Great class for anyone entering the distribution engineer field. Well-rounded course covering the many aspects to design distribution.” Engineering and Planning Supervisor, Bear Valley Electric

“This class was great. It is perfect for anyone wanting to know about overhead electricity distribution. Highly recommend it.” Manager AMI Deployment, Commonwealth Edison

“There was a lot of great information and something for everyone from someone new to the industry to someone that has worked in the industry for years.” Project Manager, Pieperline

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. Topics that are involved in the design, construction, operation, reliability, protection and maintenance of overhead distribution, as well as safety awareness will be discussed in detail.

Register now for this course which allows people who are not distribution engineers to know enough to oversee projects or simply have a better understanding of the system.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 of reliability, power quality, protection and voltage regulation
  • List the various equipment components that make up the system in the design sections
  • Explain the purpose of downguys and their components
  • Review the what, the why, and the how of overhead system construction in three sections
  • Discuss the operation considerations of protection and reliability
  • Explore challenges in system operation
  • Review utility approaches to improving reliability
  • Discuss methods and practices for modernizing the overhead distribution system
  • Expand on the importance and methods of safety and operating a safe system



Monday, May 20, 2024 : Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
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8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Distribution – What is it?

  • The power system from generator to customer
  • Major types of distribution systems
    • Overhead
    • Underground
    • Network
  • Typical distribution system configurations
    • Feeders
    • Branch lines
    • Descending hierarchy

Electrical Concepts Part 1

  • Voltages
  • Amps
  • Resistance
  • Single-phase and three-phase
  • Impedance                                                                                               

Electrical Concepts Part 2

  • Power quality
    • Voltage drop
    • Flicker
    • Harmonics
    • Power factor
  • Voltage regulation

Electrical Concepts Part 3

  • Transformers
    • What they are – how they work
    • Three-phase configurations
    • Photo quiz


Tuesday, May 21, 2024 : Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
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Overhead Distribution Design Considerations – Codes and Standards

  • Codes and regulations
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • Other regulatory agencies
  • Standards
  • Crew considerations

Overhead Distribution Construction – Major Materials

  • Poles
  • Crossarms
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Equipment

Overhead Distribution Construction – Smaller Line Hardware

  • Pole Hardware
    • Nuts
    • Bolts
    • Washers
    • Additional hardware
  • Connectors
  • Ties

Overhead Distribution Construction – Pole Top Assemblies

  • Horizontal
  • Vertical configurations

Overhead Distribution Construction – Alternate Configurations

  • Narrow
  • Alley arm
  • Underbuild
  • Tree wire
  • Birds

Overhead Distribution Design Considerations – Conductors

  • Mechanical and electrical
    • Equipment sizing
    • Sag
    • Tensions
    • Clearances

Overhead Distribution Design Considerations – Guying

  • Downguys
    • Guy attachments
    • Guy wire
    • Anchors


Wednesday, May 22, 2023 : Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
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Design Considerations – Planning Perspective

  • System analysis
    • Load flow and power quality
    • Line and equipment loading
  • System planning
    • Projecting future new loads
    • Modeling the future system
  • Other considerations

Operating Considerations – System Protection

  • 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

Operating Considerations – Improving Reliability

  • Switching and protective devices
  • Automated switching and reconfigurations
  • Automated outage reporting
  • Storm hardening                                                                        

Modernizing the System

  • Resilience
  • Sensors
  • Meters
  • R&D programs                                                                         

Operating Considerations – Safety

  • 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.

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Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

May 20-22, 2024 | Online
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Instructional Methods

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Course CPE Credits: 12.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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