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2019 International Conference on Overhead Lines

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

Click here for a .pdf of the CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT     |      Click here for a .pdf of the CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE AGENDA - Updated 3.18.2019 12:15 p.m. MDT


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)


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.


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


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