Computerized Transmission Line Design PLS-CADD Hands-On Traininginterpro.wisc.edu/RA00069 See upcoming dates
This computer lab course includes background theory and hands-on computer modeling. Lectures will present the basic concepts, and computer exercises will illustrate them. Numerous case studies will provide a range of real-life examples.
Course topics include:
- Software system overview and terrain modeling
- Conductor design and modeling
- Structures modeling by allowable spans
- Interactive line design and generation of construction documents
- Modeling existing lines, assessment, and refurbishment
- Using details structure models for strength verification
This course will provide you with the training you need to be more proficient with computer software that will make you more effective on your job.
Who Should Attend?
- Transmission line design engineers
- Structural engineers
- Consulting engineers
- Design, drafting, and CAD technicians
Overview and Terrain Modeling
- PLS-CADD system overview
- Presentation of projects
- How to organize project files
- View commands, opening of windows, viewing of phases and sags
- Needed terrain data and surveying
- Prepare a terrain model
LiDAR Aerial Surveying
- How to use 3-dimensional survey data
- Building design models from LiDAR data
- Identifying clearance limits and potential for clearance upgrades
Conductor Design and Modeling
- Various conductor types
- Conductor properties: advantages and disadvantages
- Permanent deformation from overloading and creep
- Effects of high temperature on creep and strength reduction
- Conductor models in PLS-CADD
- Aeolian vibrations: how to limit
- Temperature vs. ampacity
- Line thermal rating
- Weather data
- Wind and ice loads: gust response factors, etc.
- Conductor limits of use
- Conditions for automatic sagging
- Structure loads and safety factors
- Conditions for checking clearances
- PLS-CADD/LITE: simplified PLS-CADD module
Structures Modeling by Allowable Spans
- Available structure models - allowable spans method - full analysis method
- Material lists, parts lists
- Create and edit allowable span structures
Interactive Line Design
- Spot structures interactively
- String and sag conductors: demonstrate
- Check clearances: vertical, between phases, galloping, etc.
- Check overall design efficiency
Generate Construction Documents
- Plan-and-profile sheets, staking lists, stringing charts, offset clipping, etc.
Modeling of Poles and Frames by Analysis
- Overview of structure programs; PLS-POLE
- Create and edit wood, steel and concrete poles/frames
- Determining allowable spans of existing structure designs
Modeling Existing Lines, Assessment, and Refurbishing
- Modeling existing lines and structures
- Assessment, reconductoring, refurbishing, etc.
- Joint use issues and modeling
- Links to SAPS
Automatic Optimum Spotting
- Theory and examples
Checking Detailed Tower Models
- Brief overview of TOWER program capabilities
- Linkage between PLS-CADD and TOWER
- Checking and modifying older tower designs
Jesse Kohler, P.E., Power Line Systems, has more than 15 years of experience in transmission line design ranging from voltages of 69kV through 345kV and using the PLS software suite. Jesse is a registered Professional Engineer, is an active member of the IEEE Power Energy Society, and currently sits on Subcommittee 4 of the NESC. Jesse has been with Power Line Systems for more than 10 years providing technical support to PLS users in over 130 different countries around the world. In addition to technical support he also performs software testing, participates in the development of new software features, and leads PLS-CADD training courses. He has an extreme in-depth knowledge of the software’s functionality and implementation.
Computerized Transmission Line Design PLS-CADD Hands-On Training
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Course #: RA00069-C609
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, course materials.
- CEU: 3.2
- PDH: 32
- 2/27/2023 08:00am - 05:00pm EST
- 2/28/2023 08:00am - 05:00pm EST
- 3/1/2023 08:00am - 05:00pm EST
- 3/2/2023 08:00am - 05:00pm EST
- 3/3/2023 08:00am - 12:00pm EST
Several classroom exercises in both transmission line design and foundation design will be computer-based. For this purpose, we ask that participants bring their own laptop computers.
Computer rental is available for a $300 weekly fee. If you prefer to rent a computer, please indicate that choice when enrolling in the course.
See computer hardware requirements below.
Computer Hardware Requirements
Your laptop must have a 64-bit processor, Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10 installed, and at least 200 MB of available disk space. and an available USB port for loading class training data. An external two-button mouse is also strongly recommended.
You must have administrative rights on your computer so that the transmission design exercise software, PLS-CADD/LITE, and the foundation design software, CAISSON, can be installed.
Computer Software Included with Course
If you have previously installed the PLS software on your computer and wish to use it in class, you must be running the latest version (17.56) and you must bring your hardware key dongle if you have one. If you have already transitioned to the new cloud-based licensing (CBL), you do not need a hardware key, just an internet browser to connect via free Wi-Fi in the classroom.
If you have not previously installed PLS software on your computer, or if you wish to use the loaner training software we offer with the course, you must have an available USB port and administrative rights on your computer so that the training software can be installed.
Additional computer hardware and software information will be emailed to you several weeks before the course starts.
You must have administrative rights to your laptop. The software is not released until the week before the course begins. If you are using your workplace laptop, please review your administrative rights before this time.
Rented laptops will have the software downloaded on the first day of class.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Room: rates start at $149
Group Code: PCD
Reserve by: Jan. 27, 2023
Accommodations include: Use the reservation link for a list of amenities.
If you cannot attend, please notify us by no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Because this course has limited enrollment, cancellation received after this date and no-shows are subject to the full course fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.