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Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Roanoke.
Hardening Transmission Lines Against
Catastrophic Events

Presenter: Dr. Anthony DiGioia Jr., P.E,
President of DiGioia Gray & Associates

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.

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:
Thursday October 17, 2013
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc)

Holiday Inn – Roanoke

3315 Ordway Drive NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn – Roanoke:

From I-581, take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 TV studios and Zaxby’s Chicken) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, October 14, 2013. Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs/restrictions

Joe Hartwell,

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