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, 2019Papers and/or Presentations Due - March 1, 2019
TOPIC IDEAS (FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT REGARDING OVERHEAD LINE-RELATED TOPICS NOT ON THIS LIST!)
- 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
- Transmission Line Surge Arresters
- Transmission Line Switches
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
- Asset Management
- Life Extension
- Reliability and Durability
- Restoration Methods
- Managing with Reduced Budgets
- Live Working Practices
- Improving Lightning Performance
- Avian Issues
- Environmental Regulations
- Material Considerations
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.
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.
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.
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