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Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School & Conference

  September 19 – 22, 2016

The Hotel at Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

The 2016 Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference is sponsored by Utility Technology Education.

This years’ school will truly be an outstanding educational opportunity for all who attend.  Great training and hands on learning opportunities are provided from a variety of educational sessions.

This conference is divided into four modules to better provide instruction for utility professionals at all levels of experience. Attend any class from the four different modules. The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in. Classes range from Fundamentals of Distribution System Apparatus for the beginning substation or apparatus technician to SCADA, Communication and Smart Grid applications for the more advanced technician, engineer or manager.

Professional Development Hours
Utility Technology Association will award 18 Professional Development Hours to participants attending the entire school.
The Hotel at Auburn University

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is centrally located three miles from Interstate 85.  The Hotel at Auburn University is situated in a charming university campus environment within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants in the quaint, historical downtown Auburn, Alabama.  (800) 228-2876     

Exhibit Hall Information

The Exhibit Hall will be open Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21. Exhibitors wishing to display their products must register for a booth.

Breaks and evening hospitality will be held in the Exhibit Hall.  The cost of the registration includes one table with electric service, wireless Internet access, two lunches, annual dinner, pre and post electronic participant list, and conference schedule for one individual. A company can purchase a pass for additional exhibitors and additional exhibit tables. Exhibitors need to obtain registration information from the school website.  

Registration Fees

Student $395
Student – One Day Only $195
Displaying Exhibitor $525
Hosting Exhibitor $325
Additional Exhibitor $195
Information  on Website

Utility Technology Association

Southeastern Distribution Apparatus

School & Conference

The Hotel at Auburn University 

Register On-Line Now!!


Planning Committee

Brian Chandler City of Troy Utilities
Chris Crawford Superior Power Products
Mary Hester LAN Systems
Scott Johnson Georgia Power Company
Chip Kanour Utility Specialists, Inc.
Jack Kelley Tri-State Utility Products, Inc.
John Moore Coweta-Fayette EMC
Freddy Morgan Marietta Power
Joe Schatz Southern Company Services
Greg Seagraves Cobb EMC
Nicole Sullivan Patterson & Dewar, Engineers
Chuck Wallis Wallis Engineering
Lonnie Whitley Satilla REMC

Utility Technology Education



Four Modules to Choose Classes From


Module 100: Fundamentals of Distribution System Apparatus

This module provides instruction in basic distribution apparatus theory and application.  Students will learn electrical fundamentals and power theory along with how the equipment works. This session should be attended by those who need to gain a better understanding of the components in an electrical distribution system. This module will help the student establish a good foundation for future classes.

Module 200: Principles & Applications of Distribution System Apparatus

This module provides a more in-depth look of the individual distribution apparatus equipment used in the substation and on the distribution feeders.  The sessions will emphasis why the equipment is used and how the equipment functions. Distribution equipment included in sessions will be regulators, breakers, transformers, capacitors, arresters, and reclosers along with classes on the insulating mediums used.

Module 300: SCADA and Communications

This module provides instruction on the principles of a SCADA system used for the monitoring and control of an electrical distribution system. Module covers RTUs, IEDs, and Integrated Communication methods. Includes sessions on Data Mining, DNP3 Deep Dive and Managing IoT Cellular Devices Securely.

Module 400: Engineering Topics and Emerging Technology

This module will examine the initiatives and engineering applications of electric utilities.  Session topics will include Voltage Reduction Applications, Cable Diagnostics, Symmetrical Components, Electric Vehicle Charging Impacts, PV Integration, Weather Analytics & GIS Tools, Connected Communities and Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Also will be an in-depth discussion on Power Quality impact of the electrical distribution system.


Suzanne Powell
Utility Technology Association (770) 519-1676 suzanne@utilitytech.org


Utility Technology Association is a 501c6 non-profit organization dedicated to the delivery of high quality, practical and comprehensive training designed to meet the needs and  challenges of today’s electric utility industry.




Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems has been in business since 1951.  Their proven overhead cable system continues to thrive and grow sixty-five years later. Hendrix ACS is a viable alternative for 15KV to 69KV overhead covered conductor installations where reliability is a concern.  Hendrix ACS has been used in many applications for substation exits, underbuilds, long spans and environmentally sensitive areas like coastal or heavily wooded installations.


Substation exits is the fasting grow sector of business for Hendrix ACS.  This is due to continued space constraints in substations, but more importantly because the cost of using spacer cable is so much more economical than using underground cable. It gives you more reliability against wild life outages since the conductor is covered all the way to the bus, unlike bare conductor.

Storm Hardening is becoming more prevalent for utilities.  Hendrix ACS has been a part of these storm hardening initiatives because of their great track record of reliability.

As trimming trees becomes more and more of an issue for utilities due to customer/community involvement, Hendrix ACS is a win/win for the utility and their customers.  This allows the utility to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on tree trimming while providing a reliable powerline at the same time.


Hendrix ACS also has led the way in customer service and engineering for their customers.  Hendrix ACS will help engineer and design the installation alongside the customer and will see it through to the project end.  Hendrix ACS has also developed Apps like FieldCom and FieldEng to help customers receive even faster engineering support.  These Apps can help reduce the time of circuit design and proposal to as little as three weeks.

Hendrix ACS installations also allow you to save more money on installation time as well as material cost.  Hendrix ACS can help you design your project so you will only buy your custom lengths of cable and not a set length amount of cable like most industry standards.

If you have not looked at Hendrix ACS in a while, it might be time to consider it again.  There are many applications and uses for Hendrix ACS. We are here to help and put together proposals to show the economic savings of using Hendrix ACS as well as the reliability factor.  Hendrix ACS continues to be American Made in Milford, New Hampshire. Please contact Utility Specialists, Inc.  if we can help answer any questions or if you need additional information.


Kevin Rising


Utility Specialists, Incorporated is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Rising for our South Florida Territory. Kevin will be calling on and promoting our products at Florida Power & Light, NextEra and the Cooperatives and Municipals in South Florida.

Kevin comes to USI most recently from an outside sales position in the Automotive parts world. Kevin is a graduate of Radford University in Virginia and has operations and sales experience.

Kevin moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in 2003 and he and his wife Gina and daughter Aviella live in Boynton Beach where he will be working from his home office.

VonRollUSI is proud to announce we now represent Von Roll Power Transformers. Von Roll is known for their high quality, low loss, and low noise medium & large power transformers, from 50kVA to 1000 MVA, as well as mobile units. Our customers appreciate our complete service, both within and after the warranty period, and our pledge to have a service tech at your location within 24 hours if there is ever a problem.

Because we specialize in designing and producing custom transformers, our experienced team begins working with our customers at the project design/scoping level. This hands-on knowhow allows Von Roll to deliver projects others can’t – including replacing an old transformer with a new unit, incorporating new technology, monitoring, alarms, and communications – all within the same footprint of the old unit.

In order to keep up with demand, Von Roll has recently doubled manufacturing capacity, reducing lead times, and built a 15,000 square foot test lab. With over 60 years of manufacturing experience and cutting-edge technology, including vapor phase drying, Georg core cutting machines, and advanced vertical winding technology, Von Roll has become a leading power transformer for US utilities. Please contact us for references and technical information.

All our cores are hand-wound to ensure quality – check out the video!


Give your USI salesman a call to learn more about how Von Roll can help you.

Since safety is of paramount importance to electric utilities, so should HDE’s V-Watch personal voltage devices be required personal protective equipment for every lineman. V-Watch is a device that provides visual and audible alerts of the dangerous presence of voltage at 2400 volts or more at a distance of 7-10 feet away.

V-Watch is worn around the neck of the lineman, usually during storms, where the worker may not be aware of the presence of downed power lines. Powered by a single 9 volt battery that lasts about a year, the V-Watch is always on with no power switch. Voltage sensing can be blocked by closing the patented protective case. Many utilities and contractors throughout the US require use of the V-Watch. Shouldn’t yours?

Cree is proud to introduce the best LED security light on the market today. Cree has designed and built the lightest, smallest, brightest security light with the longest warranty! The light is called the RUL. It weighs 3.5 lbs, is 50 watts with 5500 lumens and has the same pattern as the high pressure sodium lights prevalent in the marketplace for years. There is no driver to replace and nothing to repair. It has no globe but anyone’s globe will snap on in a jiffy. A terrific added value is the warranty. The light is guaranteed for 10 years! Give us a call and we will show you why we are so proud of this innovation.


From rural street lighting to storage facilities, the RUL Series outperforms incumbent technology by providing superior illumination and economic performance for municipalities and utilities resulting in expedient payback with less than half the wattage of comparable traditional solutions.

Golf TournamentUtility Specialists was proud to be a part of the recent Kylan Warren Charity Golf Tournament. Along with Schneider Electric as the Master Sponsor, USI fielded two teams of golfers and finished a respectable next-to-last. Ted Warlick, Schneider Electric Regional Manager spoke about the honor to help both The Grady Health Foundation and The Georgia Power Family House.

Utility Specialists, Incorporated is pleased to announce the hiring of Lance Martin for our Georgia Public Power territory. Lance will be calling on and promoting our products at the cooperatives and municipals in Georgia under the guidance of Chip Kanour.

Lance comes to USI most recently from an outside sales position in the electrical Commercial/Industrial world. He also has experience with inside sales and with line construction having worked previously with Pike Electric and UTEC Construction. Lance is a graduate of the University of North Georgia (Go Nighthawks!).

Lance served as a Sergeant in the US Army and was stationed in Afghanistan. He and his wife April live in Gainesville, Georgia where he will be working from his home office.

Lance’s contact information is:

(770) 519-1987
Samples and Catalog delivery:
5033 Butler Road, Gainesville, GA 30506

IMG_2145 Lance

Please join us in welcoming Lance to his new position with USI.

Reb Beck
President, Utility Specialists, Inc.