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2010-11 Seminars


Designing, Building, and Operating power lines in South Florida

Bala Kattappuram
Masters Student
School of Public Policy and Management at the Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract
In this seminar I will attempt to showcase the day‐to‐day activities and functions of a transmission line engineer. I will focus primarily on the transmission side of the utility, and showcase some of the projects that I was involved with during my time at FPL. I will also highlight some of the tools of the trade, and address some of the more pressing concerns that transmission engineers face from a field perspective. I will use various transmission line design examples from Miami‐Dade. I hope to use a working model of PLS‐CADD to show how high‐voltage lines are sited and designed across the country. The overall purpose of this seminar is to help the audience get a glimpse into the world of transmission line design and inform future policymakers on how decisions made in DC can have significant downstream impacts to projects, and project timelines, directly or indirectly.

Outline
1. Everyday Transmission Engineering – a focus on job functions, tools and outlook
2. PLS‐CADD
3. Transmission corridor constraints and rights‐of‐way optimization
4. Transmission structure material type – steel, concrete, wood 5. Post‐storm restoration strategy – Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma (Photographs)
6. Outlook and concerns from a transmission line engineer’s perspective