Computer's Role in Transmission Line Design

by Charles F. Beck, (M.ASCE), Assoc. and Head; Analytical & Computer Div., Sargent & Lundy, Engrs., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 63-79

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper is based on the experiences gained in the development and use of computer techniques in the design of transmission lines. The computer acts as a catalyst providing the facility for implementing systems engineering concepts in a multidisciplinary environment. The design of a transmission line consists of: Systems Loading Studies; Selecting Conductors and Insulators; Determining Line Routing; Surveying the Right-of-Way; Designing Towers; Tower Spotting; Ordering Materials and Constructing the Line. Interwoven are the criteria for the design, esthetics, environmental conditions and costs combining the interrelated interests of owner, engineer, fabricator, contractor, land owner, financier and the public. With the aid of a computer the mechanics of operation and interfacing between the many variables can be analyzed and studied. The objective is to achieve the best solution by minimizing costs without infringing upon the aesthetic qualities or the integrity of the design. Advantages both functional and economical are presented.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Power transmission | Systems engineering | Power transmission towers | Aesthetics | Environmental issues | Owners | Load factors

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