Features http://tdworld.com/taxonomy/term/7347/more en Schools Teach Linemen to Work with Steel http://tdworld.com/features/schools-teach-linemen-work-steel <div class="field-byline"> By Robert Wills, Steel Market Development Institute </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Training programs nationwide instruct students on how to install and maintain steel poles and structures.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/schools-teach-linemen-work-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/schools-teach-linemen-work-steel#comments Features Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:26:00 +0000 81491 at http://tdworld.com <p>Steel pole training sessions include field and classroom instruction where linemen and students are taught safe work practices associated with&nbsp;installing and maintaining steel utility poles.</p> System Hardening Minimizes Outages http://tdworld.com/features/system-hardening-minimizes-outages <div class="field-byline"> By Joe Vaccaro and Tim Yuskin, San Diego Gas &amp; Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body">SDG&E creates special field construction team to install steel poles and fiberglass crossarms. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/system-hardening-minimizes-outages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/system-hardening-minimizes-outages#comments Features Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:14:00 +0000 81481 at http://tdworld.com Linemen Return to Live-Line Work at 500 kV http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-return-live-line-work-500-kv <div class="field-byline"> Jeff Laninga, Manitoba Hydro </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following two flashovers, a decade of research and testing, and a change in work practices, Manitoba Hydro crews once again work on energized lines.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-return-live-line-work-500-kv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-return-live-line-work-500-kv#comments Features Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:04:00 +0000 80151 at http://tdworld.com <p>Wearing conductive suits, Manitoba Hydro live-line crew bonds to the conductor to perform energized work, using the barehand ladder method at 500-kV HVDC.</p> BPA Creates Proactive Plan for Wildfires http://tdworld.com/features/bpa-creates-proactive-plan-wildfires <div class="field-byline"> Doug Hunter, Bonneville Power Administration </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Northwest agency shares lessons learned from past storms and how they led to the creation of a response program. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/bpa-creates-proactive-plan-wildfires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/bpa-creates-proactive-plan-wildfires#comments Features Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:59:00 +0000 80141 at http://tdworld.com <p>A fast-moving wildfire knocked out BPA&rsquo;s Hot Springs&ndash;Rattlesnake 230-kV line in northwestern Montana on Aug. 14, 2015. Photos by Mike Stolfus/BPA.</p> Scholarships Support Future Linemen http://tdworld.com/features/scholarships-support-future-linemen <div class="node-body article-body">International Lineman’s Rodeo Association partners with sponsors to fund scholarships for five winners for 2015. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/scholarships-support-future-linemen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/scholarships-support-future-linemen#comments Features Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:17:00 +0000 78841 at http://tdworld.com <p>Dennis Kerr, chairman of the ILRA scholarship committee, MeeShan Schmidt, recipient of the Bob Rengal Lineman&rsquo;s Scholarship, and Cindy Curry from Solomon Corp. (scholarship sponsor) were all smiles at the national awards banquet.</p> Linemen Stay Safe On and Off the Job http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-stay-safe-and-job <div class="node-body article-body">At the Lineman's Rodeo Safety and Training Conference speakers share personal injury stories and update linemen on changing industry standards. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-stay-safe-and-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-stay-safe-and-job#comments Features Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:11:00 +0000 78831 at http://tdworld.com <p>Linemen packed a conference room to listen to presentations about how to guard against accidents and prevent fatalities.</p> Linemen Design Shirts to Show Pride for Trade http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-design-shirts-show-pride-trade <div class="node-body article-body">Trade Night gives linemen the opportunity to swap T-shirts, make new connections and network with peers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-design-shirts-show-pride-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-design-shirts-show-pride-trade#comments Features Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:04:00 +0000 78821 at http://tdworld.com Linemen Tune into New Tools and Technology http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-tune-new-tools-and-technology <div class="node-body article-body">2015 International Lineman’s Expo draws record number of exhibitors and attendees.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-tune-new-tools-and-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-tune-new-tools-and-technology#comments Features Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:59:00 +0000 78811 at http://tdworld.com <p>On the first day of the expo, linemen lined up to test out some of the new products available for the electric utility industry.</p> Lineman's Rodeo - Ariat FR Clothing and Work Boots http://tdworld.com/features/linemans-rodeo-ariat-fr-clothing-and-work-boots <div class="node-body video-body">The Ariat team discusses Ariat FR Clothing and Work Boots.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemans-rodeo-ariat-fr-clothing-and-work-boots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemans-rodeo-ariat-fr-clothing-and-work-boots#comments Features Videos Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:31:00 +0000 77931 at http://tdworld.com Western Linemen Learn the Ropes http://tdworld.com/features/western-linemen-learn-ropes <div class="field-byline"> Will Schnyer, Western Area Power Administration </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sierra Nevada trainers instruct Rocky Mountain crews on the helicopter long-line method. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/western-linemen-learn-ropes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/western-linemen-learn-ropes#comments Features Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:33:00 +0000 77331 at http://tdworld.com <p>Rocky Mountain foreman Ron Burbridge goes over the equipment linemen will be using during the field trials. After a half day of classroom instruction and half day of testing each lineman&rsquo;s proficiency and comfort with the helicopter, Rocky Mountain linemen replaced hardware on 10 miles of transmission line outside Laramie, Wyoming, as a test case of the efficiency and value of using helicopters to transport people to structures. Safety and job briefings took place at least once a day to ensure linemen were comfortable with the process. Photos by Lisa Meiman.</p>