This years South Island forum was held in Christchurch on Wednesday 3rd August, hosted by Connetics and facilitated by Brian Campbell.

Brian Campbell, Principal Design Engineer at Connetics

Brian is a Principal Design Engineer with Connetics having been involved in the industry for many years, firstly as an Electrical Apprentice with the Waitaki Electric Power Board and later with Aurora.  Brian has specialized in Overhead Distribution and Sub-Transmission design for many years for Orion, Aurora and PowerNet.  A firm advocate for limit state design methods, Brian is continuously challenging the “This is the way we’ve done it before” mindset.  Recent projects include the design of dual circuit 33/11 spans of up to 700m, new steel poles utilized by Aurora during their high intensity maintenance program and the Halfway Bush – Berwick line rebuild.

The agenda from the day is available below:


Topics and Presentations

Applying Standard Design with Composite Crossarms

  • Mitch Graham - Fault Avoidance and Constraints Engineering Team Lead, Unison

Changes to Standards - AS7000

Sag-Tension Calculation 220710 - spreadsheet

  • Carl Rathbone - Specialist in Electricity Distribution Overhead Lines Engineering, LinesSmart

Fire Investigation Learnings

  • John Foley - Senior Specialist Fire investigator, Fire and Emergency

Road Safety Design Considerations

  • Ken Pattie - Overhead structure team leader, Powerco

Sustainable Design

  • Zain Kader - Sustainability Engineer, Orion

Overhead Lines Design; Design Concepts, Issues and Problems

Lateral Pole Capacity (Brinch-Hansen)

  • Tony Raper, Technical Principal, Overhead Lines Design, WSP

Softwood Poles

  • Aaron Mullins - Sustainability, Electropoles and Engineering Specialist, Goldpine

Low Impedance Faults

  • Rodger Griffiths, General Manager, Generation and Technology, Westpower

Hardwood Poles

  • Dan Batchelor - Southern Regional Manager, Connetics

Reliability by Design

  • Goran Stojadinovic - Product and Innovation Manager, TransNet
EEA Guide Updates: Wooden Pole and Conductor Condition Assessments
  • Paul Blackmore - Principal, Agila Solutions
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