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When Traditional Overhead Construction Is Not an Option

Thursday, 16 March 2023, 2pm ET


Traditionally, powerline construction utilizes overhead bare wire, and in favorable conditions, it's the economical choice. However, when trees, harsh weather, or other factors which reduce reliability are an issue, other options deserve consideration. This presentation will review those factors, present spacer cable as an alternative, and offer case studies for illustration.


Brian J. Trager, Director, Technology & International, Hendrix

  • Brian J. Trager is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE. He received his B.S. and M. Eng. degrees in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. Mr. Trager has held various positions in Engineering, Consulting and Management at American Electric Power Company, Cooper Power Systems and Fisher-Pierce, and most recently at Hendrix Wire and Cable, where he is currently employed as Director, Technology & International. He has taught Electric Power Engineering at Ohio State University, West Virginia University, and Pennsylvania State University, in addition to teaching courses to utility clients, and has authored over 75 technical papers and articles for the IEEE and other national and international organizations. With regard to electric power line specification, design, construction and management, Mr. Trager has worked on projects funded by international aid organizations (USAID, ADB, JBIC, and others) to meet growing demand worldwide through the expansion of electric power infrastructure. He has brought to fruition numerous high-reliability power distribution projects in various sites on seven continents over a period spanning 44 years, and for the past 28 years solely dedicated to Aerial Covered Conductor Systems.



Offered Free by: Hendrix

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