Definition Sheet



Many of the transmission lines built prior to the mid 1900s are still in service and those built during the expansion years of the 1960s and 70s are beginning to show their age, requiring added maintenance and assessment. During the life of a transmission line, asset management decisions are made on an ongoing basis with an emphasis on extending the life of the assets, maintaining or improving reliability and performance, cost optimization and ensuring the safe operation of the transmission lines system.The objective of the Transmission Line Asset Management Interest Group (TLAM) is to bring together interested parties to exchange informationon asset management practices and techniques and to facilitate research that will optimize the management of overhead transmission line assets. Key focus areas of the group include life extension of the assets to defer the need for major capital expenditures, the refinement and development of prudent and effective asset management practices, and maintenance techniques to reduce life cycle cost and maintain performance of the transmission lines system.

Topics and Issues:

  • Asset Investment Decisions
  • Maintenance & Business Practices
  • Optimizing Maintenance 
  • Health/ Condition Assessment & End-of-Life Prediction
  • Corrosion Control and Mitigation
  • Reliability Issues, Evaluations and Solutions
  • Technical Standards and Supplements
  • Assessment of Promising New Technologies
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

T133700 3248
Transmission Line Asset Replacement Guide Based on Asset Condition
T143700 3258
Evaluation of Transmission Line Steel Structure Coatings
T143700 3257
Statistical Data and Methodology for Estimating the Expected Life of Overhead Transmission Line Components
T153700 3264
Formulating Health and Condition Indices for Transmission Lines
T163700 3265
Air Break Switch Maintenance Strategies for Transmission Lines
T153700 3263
TR: Conditioned Based Asset Management of Overhead Line Infrastructure-A Probabilistic Framework
T163700 3268
Application of Inspection Data to Assist in Establishing the Appropriate Inspection Cycle for Transmission lines
T173700 3275
Standardization of OHTL Inspection Data Collection (Mobile Applications)
T163700 3267
TR: Inspection Methods (Visual) for Transmission Line Assets/Components with an Emphasis of Collecting Complete and Accurate Data
T163700 3269
Methods to Assess the Condition of Stockbridge and Spacer Dampers and Identify Installations with Reduced Damper Life Expectancy
T163700 3266
Transmission Line Defect Rating Criteria and Methodology for Rating Defects
T163700 3270
New Below Ground Coatings For Direct Embedded Steel Pole Transmission Line Structures And Assessment Of Existing Coatings And Methods Of Repair
T173700 3274
Information Required to Manage the Life Cycle of Transmission Line Assets/Components
T173700 3273
Guidelines for Transmission Line Pole and Tower Steel Capacity based on Corrosion Degradation
T173700 3272
Guidelines for Managing Transmission Line Clearances
T173700 3271
Condition Assessment of Transmission Line Concrete Foundations

Completed Projects

T153700 3261
TR: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Inspection Methods and Data Collection for Transmission Lines
T153700 3262
TR: Up and Coming Methods to Assess Transmission Line Insulators and an Assessment of Their Potential for Implementation
T143700 3260-33/100
Prevention, Assessment and Remediation of Corrosion in Corten Steel Transmission Line Structures
T143700 3256
Guide for Cathodic Protection of Transmission Line Structures
T143700 3259
Guide for Condition Assessment of Lightning Arresters Installed on Transmission Lines
T144700 50/127A
Assessment/Test Methodology of In-Service Pole Line Anchors
T143700 3255
Commissioning Guide for Transmission Lines
T143700 3230B
Technology Review on the Condition Assessment of Below Grade Steel Structures and Life Extension Methodologies: Rewrite, Improve and Properly Reference Content
T133700 3253
Technical Product Requirement Specification to Help Formulate a Composite / Polymer Interphase Spacer Specification
T133700 3252
Potential Applications of Spatial/Object Recognition Technologies for Transmission Lines
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Webinar Library

UVM Regulatory Requirements - What the State and Provincial regulators think of UVM oversight
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April 2017
O&M and Capital
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February 2017
PSPO Webinar - Lessons Learned in AC / DC Transmission Line Conversion Studies Performed for Utilities
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February 2017
Best Practices for Asset Condition Assessment of Stations Infrastructure - METSCO Energy Solutions
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August 2016
GIS Applications for ROW Management on New York Power Authority High Voltage Transmission Lines
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April 2016
Thermovision, Corona Assessment and GIS
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September 2015
Asset Management: How to Start Out on Your Journey to Excellence
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August 2015
SUAS in the Wire Zone
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June 2015
OSHA Minimum Approach Distance Requirements for Utility Workers on Power Systems
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February 2015
EDM initiative to develop requirements for OHTL mobile field data collection applications
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January 2015
Dynamic Line Rating using SMARTLINE™ Ratings
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May 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
TLAM 2017 Fall Meeting
Attendance Open to Electrical Utilities   Request Invitation
November 2017 in Tampa, FL