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VMS IEEE Meeting: Hardening Transmission Lines Against Catastrophic Events

12:00 AM - 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2013
Location: Holiday Inn, Roanoke

Dr. Anthony DiGioia, Jr., president of DiGioia Gray & Associates, will be the speaker.

Abstract: DiGioia Gray & Associates, in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), is currently conducting research on the topic of hardening the structural design of electric transmission lines subjected to extreme events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, in order to minimize longitudinal cascades of transmission line systems. This research includes case studies of how various utilities have approached this challenge as well as lessons learned from these projects. Various approaches to be discussed include designs incorporating “mechanical fuses” and “stop structures” to minimize longitudinal cascading.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Anthony DiGioia is a leader in the development of structural loading criteria for the design of electric transmission lines. He has conducted extensive foundation research and has been a leader in the development and use of reliability-based design and analysis concepts as applied to transmission line structures and foundations. Dr. DiGioia has extensive experience in the siting and design of coal-combustion product (CCP) landfills and the beneficial use of CCP’s in large tonnage applications, such as roadway embankments and pavements, backfills, site development and airport fills. Dr. DiGioia is currently an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Because of his accomplishments, he has been designated as a Distinguished Member of the ASCE and has received the prestigious Metcalf Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania in 1998.

Meeting Details:
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn- Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, Oct. 14 to Joe Hartwell ( Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs or restrictions.