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International Conference on Overhead Lines

-----   2019 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS/PAPERS IS OPEN THROUGH DECEMBER 3, 2018   -----

Abstracts must include the title of the presentation/paper, the author(s) name(s), and a description not to exceed one page in length. Abstracts are due by December 3, 2018. Authors of papers accepted for the conference will be informed by January 7, 2019. All presentations at the conference must be accompanied by material to be included in the conference proceedings in the form of a paper or a .pdf version of the slide presentation. The official language of the conference and proceedings is English.

Presentations/papers should address the overall theme and preferred subjects of the conference - which is a very broad topic! Presentations/papers from utility company personnel are strongly encouraged (case studies, successes, failures), and abstracts from manufacturers with a utility co-author will be given preference over those without one.
Papers and presentations of a commercial nature are not acceptable. Invited papers are those that will:

- Provide a critical review or case study of recent developments
- Describe new information, processes, or technologies with regard to management, design, construction, manufacturing, inspection, or maintenance
- Cover issues that relate to the economics of overhead lines and associated products, services, and technologies

Accepted presentations/papers will focus on recent developments, new information, emerging technologies and best practices as related to the broad subject of overhead lines.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

     International Conference - March 25-28, 2019

     Deadline to Submit Abstract - December 3, 2018

     Notification of Acceptance - January 7, 2019

     Papers and/or Presentations Due - March 1, 2019

     SUBMIT ABSTRACTS TO LISA NELSON:
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TOPIC IDEAS (FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT REGARDING OVERHEAD LINE-RELATED TOPICS NOT ON THIS LIST!)

Structures
- Poles and Lattice Structures
- Guyed Structures
- Hybrid Components
- Treatments and Coatings
- New Materials
- Quality Control

Components – Selecting, Applying, Inspecting, and Assessing

- Line Hardware
- Insulators: Ceramic and Polymer
- Conductors
- Splices
- Transmission Line Surge Arresters
- Transmission Line Switches
- Dampers

Design and Construction

- Material Specifications
- New Construction Techniques
- Upgrading/Uprating Existing Lines
- Designing for Inspection and Maintenance
- Designing for Lightning Performance
- Developments in Codes and Specs
- Computerized Design Methods
- Hardware/Framing Considerations
- Joint-Use Issues

Inspection and Assessment

- Inspection Technologies
- Inspection Tools and Equipment
- Training Technologies
- Data Collection and Management

Maintenance

- Asset Management
- Life Extension
- Reliability and Durability
- Restoration Methods
- Managing with Reduced Budgets
- Live Working Practices
- Improving Lightning Performance

Environmental Considerations

- Avian Issues
- Environmental Regulations
- Siting/Permitting
- Material Considerations


CONFERENCE SCOPE

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 cannot 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.   

Finally, a field session showcasing state-of-the-art technologies offers the opportunity to test and observe product demonstrations.

2019 CONFERENCE FORMAT

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

2019 PRICING STRUCTURE

Electric Utility Personnel:  $650/person ($600/person if 3 or more register at one time)
Electric Utility Personnel Speaker:  $550/person
Non-Utility Speaker or Attendee:  $750/person
Exhibit Space:  $1450 (includes registration for 1 person; additional booth personnel are FREE if they only work in the booth)

EXHIBITS/COMMERCIAL DISPLAYS AND FIELD SESSION

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.

2019 CONFERENCE LOCATION AND LODGING

Fort Collins Marriott
350 E. Horsetooth Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80525 U.S.A.
970.226.5200
1.888.236.2427 - Be sure to identify as attending the International Conference on Overhead Lines

$124.00 U.S.D. per night (single or double)

A direct online link to the conference rate at the hotel will be provided soon.


2016 CONFERENCE NOTES

The 2016 International Conference on Overhead Lines was held April 4-7, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  

Thank you to the largest group of attendees in conference history!  We sold out of booth space in record time and exhibitors saw record attendance in the exhibits on Tuesday afternoon.  The program content was of the highest quality and the interaction and participation during the conference were "electric" (pun intended). 

For your review and consideration of program content, the final conference agenda can be found here: Agenda - 2016 International Conference on Overhead Lines



CONFERENCE HISTORY


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