March 25-28, 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A.
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.
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)
EXHIBITS/COMMERCIAL DISPLAYS AND FIELD SESSION
Only two exhibit spaces are 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.
CONFERENCE LOCATION AND LODGING - LAST DAY TO BOOK AT THE CONFERENCE RATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 18!
Fort Collins Marriott
350 E. Horsetooth Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80525 U.S.A.
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)
Click here to be taken to the Marriott web site with the designated discounted conference rates
LOVE TO SKI? WANT TO LEARN?? COME JOIN US BEFORE THE CONFERENCE IN WINTERPARK, COLORADO - Sunday, March 24, 2019
If you would like to join us for a ski trip on Sunday, March 24, 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!
Panel Session: Wildfires & Powerlines -- How is the Utility Industry Responding?
Andy Stewart, EDM International, Inc.
Randy Lyle, San Diego Gas & Electric/Sempra Utilities
Tom Jacobus, Southern California Edison
The Ruling Span. What is it and is it Important?
Peter Catchpole, POWER Engineers, Inc., Hailey, Idaho USA
Overhead Line Grounding 101
William A. (Bill Chisholm), IEEE, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
The State of the Industry
Andy Stewart, EDM International, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado USA
A Collaborative Approach to Design Standards for System Hardening and Avian Protection
Cristina Frank & Bryndon Blackburn, Pepco Holdings, Newark, Delaware USA and Brock Fiedler, EDM International, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Adapting to OSHA Changes in the Arc Flash Boundary Zones
Tom Fieldse, Southern California Edison, Pomona, California USA
Big Data and Analytics in Overhead Transmission; Projects in Progress
David Blaza, POWER|Informa, San Francisco, California USA
Bird Collision Risk Modelling: A Detailed Quantitative Span by Span Risk Assessment in Alberta, Canada
Paul Petersen, EDM International, Inc., Fort Collins, CO USA and Nikki Heck, AltaLink, Calgary, Alberta CANADA
DCOI - An Oil-borne Preservative System for Pressure Treatment of Poles, Posts and Sawn Cross Arms
Kevin Archer, Viance, Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Evaluation of Sectional Composite Poles for Use in Access Restricted Areas
Clinton Char, Southern California Edison, Pomona, California USA
Innovative Wildlife Protection Project – 69kV Alaska Substation Retrofitting
Eric Eriksen, Alaska Electric Light & Power Company, Juneau, Alaska USA
Installation of Cathodic Protection Remote Monitoring Systems on Electric Transmission Structures
Kevin Niles, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Buffalo, New York USA
Insulators Under Fire
Jean-Marie George, Sediver Research Center, Saint Yorre, FRANCE
Modernizing Steel Asset Life Extension
John R. Spiller, Jr., Osmose, Peachtree City, Georgia USA
Near-ultraviolet Light Reduced Sandhill Crane Collisions with a Power Line by 98%
James F. Dwyer, EDM International, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Pre-Engineered Poles - The Challenge of Matching Reality with Design Assumptions
Ken Sharpless, TAPP, Arlington, Texas USA
Power Pole Retrofitting for Eagles: Supplemental Funding Available from Wind and Other Industries
Libby Mojica and Duncan Eccleston, Eagle Mitigation Solutions, Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Radar Monitoring of Songbirds Migrating Near a New Electric Power Transmission Line Crossing Kittatinny Ridge, New Jersey
Claudia Rocca, PSE&G, South Plainfield, New Jersey USA Jeffrey Luzenski, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
The Challenges for a Successful EPC Project
Ajay Mallik, SANPEC, Inc., Tomball, Texas USA
The Challenges of Allowing Wireless Carriers to Mount Antennas on Lattice Steel and Monopole Towers
Sergio Arambula, Southern California Edison, Pomona, California USA
The Future of Pole Protection: A Focus on Sustainability
Jeff D. Lloyd, Nisus Corporation, Casa Grande, AZ USA
Total Power Losses in Overhead Conductors – An Improved Model
Ibrahim Hathout, Toronto, Ontario CANADA and Karen Callery, Hydro One Networks, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
Ultrasonic Testing for Worst Performing Circuit Analysis
Bob Gaw, Kansas City Power & Light and Westar, Evergy Companies, Kansas City, Missouri USA
Virtual Inspection of Transmission and Distribution Assets and Vegetation Using Remote Sensing Data
Scott Rogers, ECI Environmental Consultants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Wood Components Used in Utility Line Applications
Matt Konkler, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA
- Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (bring your cameras!)
- Raptor Protection Devices and Technology
- Drone Installation of Bird Diverters
- ROW Vehicles and Equipment
- Display of Distribution Assemblies
- Line Rating
- Phase Identification
- Conductor Cleaning
- Steel Structure Inspection and Restoration / Ground Impedance Measurement
- Drone Utility Line Inspection
- Destructive Fiberglass Pole Test
- Pole Reinforcement
- Fire Retardant Systems for Wood and Fiberglass Poles
- FRP Davit Crossarm Assembly Testing
- Display of 230 kV Transmission Arm
- Lidar / Phodar Van
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