Using Pole Loading Calculations to Optimize the Design Process


Please plan to attend this meeting of the Industry Applications Society. The speaker will be

Dillon Ballinger, Distribution Engineer, Alameda Municipal Power and his presentation will cover:

  • How to use pole loading software to implement good designs and help reduce warehouse inventory
  • Strategies to support the pole (guying, slacking, mid‑set poles, and stubbing)
  • Strategies to prevent pole overturn and failure
  • Sizing a pole to anticipate and accommodate the needs of all attached members
  • Using visual clues to improve design perspective through contextual information and environmental factors
  • Utilizing material specifications from manufacturers and the warehouse to model with precision and confidence
  • Understanding riser location for vehicular traffic avoidance, pole replacement locating, and pole climbing space requirements
  • Identifying opportunities to design clearances to maintain safe work conditions

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is a department of the City of Alameda, California. It was founded in 1887 and is the oldest municipal electric utility in California. AMP has approximately 85 pole miles of overhead distribution lines, 192 circuit miles of underground distribution lines, 7 pole miles of overhead transmission lines, and 2 circuit miles of underground transmission lines. It serves approximately 34,250 customers, comprised of about 30,161 residential customers and 3,711 commercial customers, and 378 other users and has a peak demand of 62 megawatts.

Electric utilities have system reliability as a key goal for their operations to the customers that they serve. Electric utility providers strive for an overhead electrical grid designed to withstand the tests of weather and time. Overhead line design and construction is a key component to system reliability, which is commonly measured and defined by SAIDI and SAIFI indices. AMP’s pole loading and modeling design process will be discussed to highlight on how AMP maintains its exceptional reputation with its customers.


  Date and Time




  • Start time: 18 May 2022 05:30 PM
  • End time: 19 May 2022 09:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • 611 Gregory Lane
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • United States

  • Starts 08 April 2022 12:00 AM
  • Ends 19 May 2022 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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Dillon Ballinger, Distribution Engineer, Alameda Municipal Power


About the Speaker:

Mr. Dillon Ballinger is a Distribution Engineer at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) where he designs electrical distribution and transmission systems for the City of Alameda, CA. He has 4 years’ experience designing Electrical Distribution and Transmission systems and Pole Loading Analysis. Mr. Ballinger was educated at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, B.A. in Environmental Design, Minor in Architecture and at SUNY Orange with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology. He manages the Pole Replacement/Storm Hardening Project at AMP, performing field measurements, pole modelling and calculation, and completing construction drawings. Mr. Ballinger has worked as an electrical distribution designer to service areas in downstate New York, completing construction packages for storm hardening the grid.


Time: No-host social at 5:30 pm; Presentation at 6:15pm; Dinner at 7:15 pm; Presentation continues at 8:00 pm; Adjourn by 9:00 pm.

Place: Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Call 925-933-9091 if you need directions.

RSVP:  Please make reservations by May 16 by contacting Luis Soria via email: or telephone: (415) 793-7909