Definition Sheet (PDF)


The distribution system of the past will not serve the needs of the customers of the future. It is imperative for electric utilities to ensure that they are getting the most out of their existing assets and they are making prudent investments in their future assets that will deliver maximum value for their customers and shareholders.

The objective of the Distribution Line Asset Management Interest Group (DLAM) is to provide guidance to Utilities to assist with making informed asset management decisions through collaboration with other members and pooling of resources to facilitate research in areas beyond the current knowledge of the participants.

The mission of the DLAM group is to share current practices and processes regarding the management of distribution assets including planning, purchasing, installing, commissioning, operating and maintaining and disposal of assets. The goal of the program is to realize value from distribution assets by balancing costs, opportunities and risks against the desired performance of assets to achieve near and long term Utility objectives.

Topics & Focus Areas:

  • Improving Reliability of Distribution Equipment and Systems
  • Cost Effective Asset Life Cycle Management
  • Improving safety of the distribution system
  • Improving environmental sustainability
  • Future Distribution System
Program Services
  • Networking & Information Sharing

    • Annual face-to-face Business Meetings with webinar call-in options
    • 4-5 conference calls and learning webinars
    • Access to a network of ~1,000 electrical utility peers from around the world
  • Industry Benchmarking

    • Requests for Information where your questions or concerns are circulated to other group
      participants with rapid-fire response rates
    • Internal benchmarking surveys for state-of-the-industry intelligence
  • Collaborative Technical Projects

    • The flexibility to support only those projects which are relevant to your organization, meaning you know exactly, where your research dollars are going
    • Supported by CEATI management, participating utilities and consultants work together across all phases of a project’s life-cycle, ensuring your organization receives practical, high-quality deliverables
  • Unparalleled Return on Investment

    • Ability to split project funding costs with other organizations, resulting in highly-leveraged funding opportunities
    • Reduced pricing on published reports, training courses, and industry-open conferences
Project Portfolio

Ongoing Projects

Inspection Techniques for In-Service Indoor and Outdoor Distribution Terminations
Asset management Practices for Distribution Systems
T144700 50/123
Composite Crossarms Standard
T164700 50/135
The Best Poles for Distribution Systems
T154700 50/129
Cable Rejuvenation Practices
T164700 50/133
System-wide Reliability Forecast Model
T164700 50/136
Practical Roll-Out of Feeder Automation on the Distribution System
T163700 30/113
Translating the Health Index into Probability of Failure
Translating The Health Index Into Probability Of Failure For Distribution Assets
Big Data Analytics & Data Model for Asset Management in T&D Systems
Grid Modernization Snapshot
Distribution System Health Indices: A Simplified Methodology
Application Guide and Hands-On Demonstration Workshop for Testing Based Condition Assessment of Medium Voltage Distribution Cables - Phase I
Direct Buried Duct Vs. Concrete Encased Duct Housing for Primary and Secondary Cable

Completed Projects

T164700 50/138
Potential Future Business Models for Distribution Utilities
T164700 50/134
Mitigation of Negative Impacts of Solar & Wind DG Connections in Distribution Systems
T164700 50/137
Potential Future Operating Models For Distribution Utilities
T154700 50/128
Investigation of Smart Inverters
T134700 50/118
Distribution System Health Indices
T154700 50/131
Life Expectancy of Smart Grid Equipment
T154700 50/120B
Laying the Foundation for Grid Modernization Investments
T143700 3711
Investigation of Effective Ground Impedance Measurement to Mitigate Distribution System Operating Parameters
T144700 50/127A
Assessment/Test Methodology of In-Service Pole Line Anchors
T144700 50/124
Gap Analysis of Research Conducted in DG Integration
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Webinar Library

Data Management and Change Control for ADMS Network Model
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
December 2016
Asset Investment Planning and Management - Copperleaf Technologies
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
October 2016
Asset Management Strategy Development - PowerNex Associates
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
July 2016
GIS Applications for ROW Management on New York Power Authority High Voltage Transmission Lines
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2016
Animal Protection Interactive Collaboration - Session 2
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2016
Animal Protection Interactive Collaboration - Session 1
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2016
Integrating DER Into the Utility Grid
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
March 2016
Distribution Roadmap Update - Case For Change
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
May 2015
Distribution Roadmap Update - Common Infrastructure Requirements
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Distribution Roadmap Update - The Next 10 Years
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Impact of Series and Parallel Resonances in Distribution Networks
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Non-Destructive Condition Assessment of ACSR Distribution Conductors
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
November 2014
Impacts of DG on PQ: Comparing Simulations with Measured Results
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2013
Upcoming Events
T&D Asset Management Conference: Condition Based Maintenance Strategies for Transmission and Distribution Lines
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Attendance Open to All
November 2017 in Tampa, FL
DLAM 2017 Fall General Meeting
Attendance Open to Electrical Utilities   Request Invitation
November 2017 in Tampa, FL