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International Conference on Overhead Lines

* * * * * JUNE 16, 2020 UPDATE * * * * *
The 2021 International Conference on Overhead Lines has been cancelled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Given the restrictions, closures and shutdowns due to COVID-19, we will NOT be holding the International Conference in Spring 2021 as originally scheduled. In an effort to do what is best for our attendees, as well as take into consideration the product we would be offering through the conference, we conducted an informal survey of previous conference attendees and asked about their current travel restrictions and interest in attending a Spring 2021 Conference. 

Electric utility companies, for the most part, explained that their travel has been restricted "until further notice."  As such, we cannot build a valuable technical program without being able have electric utility companies participating as presenters. Waiting until January 2021 to proceed would not provide EDM with the time needed to put together the type of conference we would be proud to offer. 

With all these considerations, the difficult decision to cancel the conference was made.  We sincerely appreciate your interest and as soon as plans are made to resume the conference, we will let you know.  Stay safe and be well!   

Conference:  March 25-28, 2019, Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A.


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The International Conference focuses on technologies and resources to support the leading corporate objectives of electric utility companies today: reduce operations and maintenance costs, increase power throughput, and improve line reliability. To this end, the technical papers will also address the related areas of extending overhead line and component life; reducing design, refurbishment, and construction costs; and ensuring health and safety for workers and the environment. In addition, this conference will explore new technology applications that promise attractive future alternatives for overhead line owners.

Utility executives, managers and engineers with responsibility for transmission, distribution, substation design, construction, and O&M are invited.

A half-day vendor expo is part of the conference. Contact EDM to reserve your spot for 2019! We will not provide anyone not in attendance with our list of attendees-- it is against our privacy policy. Nor will we be able to provide attendees with an advance list of registrants.  Conference attendees will receive a list of attendees while attending the conference.   

Finally, a field session showcasing state-of-the-art technologies offers the opportunity to test and observe product demonstrations.  See below for a list of the technologies featured in the Field Session.


Monday - technical presentations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; lunch included and an icebreaker is held after the technical sessions.
Tuesday - technical sessions from 8:00 a.m. to noon; lunch provided; Exhibit Hours:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Cash Bar/Banquet Dinner/Entertainment 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - technical sessions from 8:00 a.m. to noon; Field Session and lunch provided at EDM's office
Thursday - technical sessions from 8:00 a.m. to noon; conference concludes at noon


Electric Utility Personnel:  $650/person ($600/person if 3 or more register at one time)
Electric Utility Personnel Speaker:  $550/person
Non-Utility Attendee or Speaker:  $750/person

Exhibit Space:
  $1450 (includes registration for 1 person; additional booth personnel are FREE if they only work in the booth)


Limited Booth Space is Available!  Booth space will be available for commercial vendors to promote products and services during the exhibition portion of the conference. Contact EDM to receive details regarding exhibiting at the conference. Space is limited and will be reserved on a “first come, first served” basis. There will also be a hands-on field session where attendees will have the opportunity to see some of the newest technologies available in this industry during the Field Session.  EDM will contact/invite manufacturers, vendors and/or service providers regarding participation in the Field Session.


If you would like to join us for a ski trip on the Sunday prior to the conference, contact EDM (space is limited). The ski trip will depart from the Fort Collins Marriott on Sunday morning and head to Winterpark, Colorado, for a full day of skiing. The mountains should have great ski conditions in March. We will provide the transportation—you buy your own meals and your lift ticket from us (we will secure a group rate that is based on the number of participants but will not be the full-day mountain standard price.  Call EDM right away to reserve your spot.

Additionally, you can contact Colorado Ski Country USA (303.837.0793) for information on all the resorts and up-to-date ski conditions. Winterpark is an ideal ski spot as it has ski hills to appeal to all levels of skiers or boarders.

EDM reserves the right to cancel the trip if weather conditions are not conducive for the day trip or if there are not enough participants. Thanks!


Since 1987, EDM  has brought the International Conference to the electric utility industry in an effort to provide a forum that focuses on technologies and resources that support the leading corporate objectives of electric utility companies today --  such as reducing operations and maintenance (O&M) costs, increasing power throughput, and improving line reliability. 

The conference objectives are consistent:

  • To provide a forum for professionals to explore the issues that impact the use of utility line structures throughout the world
  • To exchange information on state-of-the-art in research, technology, materials, maintenance, manufacturing, and design
  • To showcase products and technologies through the commercial exhibition