the Power Line Systems Users
Group Meeting in March
latest tips and tricks in PLS-CADD
Power Line Systems announces PLS-CADD Users Group Meeting Details -- Register
Line Systems will host another official Users Group meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho on March 9th of this year.
This will be held at Elkhorn Resort in conjunction with
Power Engineers' Line Design 2001 Annual Conference. The conference room reserved only seats 40, so attendance will be limited.
There is no charge for attending the Users Group meeting, but you will need to sign up with Power Engineers if you plan on attending their
conference. We will provide a continental breakfast and a light lunch, but you will be responsible for your lodging, travel, and all other
Listed on the right of this page are some major topics that will be covered. Eric Peyrot, Otto Lynch and Steve Weber will be present
to answer any questions that you may have, as well as spend some time covering upcoming improvements to our software.
If you have any additional topics you would like to see covered, please e-mail Otto
Lynch with your requests.
page and keep checking it, as any additions or changes will be reflected here.
We hope to see you in March.
So Where Is This
Engineers will hold their
annual line design conference in
Sun Valley, Idaho at the Elkhorn
Resort on March 7th and 8th.
The Users Group meeting will
use the same facility, so
those of you that will be
attending Line Design 2001 can
stay an additional day and attend the
If you sign up for the Line
Design 2001 conference with Power
Engineers and indicate that you
will be attending the Users Goup,
then we do not need to hear from
you. However, you won't be
penalized for signing up in two
places, so please let us know
that you will be attending our
Users Group by registering
directly with us today.
will preview what we can
all expect to see in the next
generation of PLS-CADD. This will include
a wide range of new drafting and export functions as well as our
new program PLS-CADD/LITE. PLS-CADD/LITE enables easy modeling
of Joint Use situations on transmission and distribution lines.
One of the biggest additions in Version 5? We cant
say just yet, but it will be an undoing
experience that thrills you!
meeting will be on Friday, March 9th, starting promptly at 8:00 a.m., or whenever the last donut has been eaten.
Officially, we will adjourn around 3:00, but Eric, Otto and Steve plan on sticking around for a while should anyone wish to ask
specific questions or want to bribe them for possible future program additions.
7:30 Continental Breakfast (Catered in and provided by Power Line Systems)
8:00 How to find,import, and utilize USGS Data in PLS-CADD
9:00 PLS-CADD Version 5 Preview
10:00 Introducing PLS-CADD/LITE
11:00 Using PLS-CADD for Transmission Line Rerating, Uprating, and Upgrading
12:00 Lunch (Catered in and provided by Power Line Systems)
1:00 Introducing TOWER Version 5
1:45 Summary of Recent Program Enhancements
2:30 What’s in the Future for PLS-CADD? (User input requested)
3:00-? Open Discussion
Joint Use with PLS-CADD
V5 and PLS-CADD/LITE
|New program and versions to
For nearly a decade
now, PLS-CADD has had the capability to
handle Joint Use applications. We will
introduce PLS-CADD/LITE at the Users
Group, which has a more user friendly
interface and allows users to quickly
model up to 60 attachments to a single
structure for development of the
resulting structure loads and equivalent
ground line moments of the structures.
Used in conjunction with our PLS-POLE
program, wood, steel, concrete, and
any combinations of these materials can
be used on your single pole and multiple
pole structures, and stub poles, span
guys, in-line guys, sidewalk stubs, alley
arms, and any other type of construction
can be accurately analyzed utilizing a
true finite element analysis. In addition,
PLS-CADD/LITE will be integrated into PLS-CADD
Version 5, which will allow users to
consider Joint Use loadings on an entire
transmission or distribution line at one
Make sure you are one of the first in
the industry to see these exciting
USGS Data in PLS-CADD
readily available digital data for
preliminary line designs.
will be led on how to find, download, and
import mostly free USGS data from the
Internet into PLS-CADD. This can be
used for a variety of purposes from
routing selection to preliminary line
construction estimating to alternative
base maps for final production drawings.
The techniques used to import this data
can be used for a wide variety of other
formats such as digital aerial
photography and existing utility GIS maps
Using PLS-CADD for
Transmission Line Rerating, Uprating, and
how PLS-CADD was used on an actual
project to perform an uprating study.
PLS-CADD and data collected from aerial
laser survey methods such as FLI-MAP™
and others, utilities can gather existing
as-built information quickly and
determine the actual as-built clearances
and predicted violations under
anticipated maximum operating
temperatures. See how PLS-CADD can
further be used to quickly find the
maximum operating temperature on a span
by span basis and to design
modifications to mitigate violations.