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Madison Section
Volume 5, Number 8
Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin
November 2002
Determining the Maximum Operating Capacity of
Transmission Lines using LiDAR Aerial Surveys
Thursday, November 21, 2002, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Scott J. Piernot, P.E., Vice President, Realtime Design Services, Madison
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by November 18th to Tom Yager via email ( or call 608.821.0821 ext. 342
Non-member guests are always welcome!
For many utilities, a key issue facing the electric utility industry today is determining the transmission adequacy for maximum operating
conditions on existing lines. Today's technology in rapid survey data collection, post-processing and high-tech data analysis makes identifying low-cost solutions and upgrade feasibility a much simpler process than many might anticipate.
Determining limiting clearance conditions based on field-measured conductor tensions and performing “What If” scenarios for elevated
operating temperatures, allows planners and engineers to have the information necessary to create effective Cost/Benefit and Incremental
Upgrade Strategies that maximize their existing transmission assets.
Realtime Design Services, Inc. has had recent success in this area. Using LiDAR aerial survey technology, data was rapidly collected
and processed on more than 1,800 miles of transmission lines. This data was then used to build and analyze line models for their transmission line clients in a fraction of the time required by conventional processes.
Realtime will summarize:
• The latest in LiDAR aerial survey technology and how it’s used to provide accurate 3-dimensional data within transmission corridors.
• How this data is used to build design study models to find unrealized capacity.
• Using these study models to produce Rating Studies & Elevated Temperature Studies to identify low cost clearance upgrades and provide exact information for engineers & planners to budget for capital investment and incremental upgrades to maximize their transmission assets.
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Applying Success Skills to Engineering
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Madison IEEE Entrepreneurs' Network
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Applying Success Skills to
by Todd Yuzuriha
“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction
in knowing you gave your best effort to become the best of which
you are capable.”
— John Wooden
In his book, Beyond Success: The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life, author Brian Biro collaborated with John Wooden,
the legendary coach who won 10 NCAA basketball championships. Even though success should be determined by what you feel
within yourself, most people still judge their success by what others think. “As long as we believe even slightly that success is deter-
mined externally, we open the door for a paralyzing fear of
failure,” advocates Biro.
“IEEE Spectrum Online” also has revamped the IEEE Web site
career section, found at, to
include easier navigation and an articles archive, plus links to the
IEEE Job Site at <>.
While Mr. Biro’s philosophy applies to all aspects of our lives, I
was intrigued by the fact that his views apply appropriately to the
engineering workplace.
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Typically in engineering, we work on projects with detailed technical specifications, cost targets and timelines. Each of these
project aspects is tied to a goal, and “success” comes when we
reach those goals.
Some of you may not realize that the IEEE Madison
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This process may take a few days, so be patient.
In working toward achieving success, “the key is to focus on what
you can control during work on the project,” says Biro. “Don’t
beat yourself up with things you can’t control.”
Strive to achieve the project goals and to do everything you can to
reach them. But if something doesn’t turn out as intended, ask
yourself, “Did I give my best?” As long as you can answer this
question with a “yes,” you have attained some measure of success,
and you can build on that success on future project work.
“Success is not something that can be attained only by a select few
at the end of a project, a season, or even a career,” Biro says. It’s
not a case of only a few win and everyone else loses. Everyone on
the project team can achieve success, especially when they pull
together with a sense of purpose that goes beyond an individual
At the end of a project, analyze what you can improve for the next
project. This isn’t a time to place blame, but rather to take an
objective look at what happened. Review how the performance,
cost and schedule targets were determined and met or missed, and
explore ideas of how things might be done better next time.
Madison IEEE Entrepreneurs' Network
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formed. For more information contact:
“It’s all about having the sense of satisfaction that you’ve done
your best now, and then being able to expand to be better next
time,” says Biro.
Dennis E. Bahr, P.E.
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Todd Yuzuriha is the author of How to Succeed as an Engineer: A
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