Design of Overhead Powerlines using PLS-CADD

PLS-CADD is the industry standard in overhead power line design and drafting software. 

This course takes place in Oslo - Norway. 

This course will teach how to use PLS-CADD on a transmission or distribution project from start to finish, including importing survey data, criteria development, structure design, conductor sagging, engineering calculations and analysis, and Plan & Profile drawing development and plotting.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of the PLS Suite of Software
  • Survey Data and Terrain modelling
  • Engineering Design criteria
  • Component libraries
  • Clearance calculations
  • Manual spotting and stringing
  • Automatic spotting
  • Structure calculations
  • PLS-POLE and TOWER basics
  • PLS-POLE/TOWER integration with PLS-CADD
  • Concentrated loads e.g. aircraft warning spheres
  • PLS-CADD drafting tools
  • Creation of construction documentation

Details of the course 

  • A practical, hands-on course, conducted in English.
  • The course will take the form of a lecture focusing on core concepts of PLS-CADD, PLS-POLE and TOWER. Students will be given exercises to follow and complete during the day and will be assisted by the trainers when needed.
  • The class will be held from 8:00 AM to 16:00+ PM (Norwegian Time) Monday through Friday. 
  • Each day will consist of a short recap followed by a lecture and practical exercises for the delegates to complete.
  • Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of attendance issued by EFLA Consulting Engineers.
  • Venue: Central Oslo, Norway

Course in 2022

No more classes in 2022.
Classes in 2023 will be announced soon.


  • A PC meeting the requirements specified on the PLS website.
  • PC must be capable of connecting to the internet.
  •  Ability to access a Google Drive link to download example files and course material which will be distributed prior to the course.

Software & Training Material Provided

  • This is a ‘hands-on' class where attendees will be learning by using PLS-CADD. Each attendee is expected to have the latest version of PLS-CADD with optimum spotting, PLS-POLE/Wood/Steel. If an attendee does not have the software available, please contact EFLA so we can make a temporary version available for the duration of the course.
Attention: Any audio or video recording of the class is strictly prohibited.

Instructors contact information

Questions and Answers

Who should attend?

This course is intended for all line design engineers who currently use or are planning to use PLS-CADD software. The attendees should have a basic understanding of power line design and the process and concepts involved. The course is focused on the use of PLS-CADD and no prior knowledge of PLS-CADD is required. The course does not cover the fundamentals of line design; however, a separate course is available.

What is the cost?

The class costs € 2200 + VAT per person. (Two thousand two hundred euros + VAT)

How do I register?

You register via this online form and once completed we will send you the payment information. Seats are limited to the first 30 registrants and your course cost must be finalized prior to the course.

Payment Information

Full payment is required prior to the class and must be received in order to reserve a seat. Seats are reserved on a first-paid first-reserved basis and are limited to 30 people. You will receive an invoice after submitting your application. 

Payment can be made directly to the EFLA account. Please send proof of payment via and we will confirm receipt of your payment and space on the course. The attendee name must be used as a reference for the payment. If one batch payment is being done by a company for several attendees, contact EFLA for a reference number to be used for the batch payment. You will be issued an invoice upon registration. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Confirmed registrants who do not participate or who cancel after April 18th 2022, will forfeit their entire registration fee. EFLA reserves the right to cancel the training session and will refund the entire class registration fee in the unlikely event this happens. 

The cancellation for the May course is April 18th 2022.
The cancellation for the September course is August 26th 2022.


The course will be conducted by Viven Naidoo and Gilles Sabatier-Olne.

Viven Naidoo    

Mr Naidoo is an Electrical engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and has over 23 years' experience in the design or uprating of Distribution and Transmission Lines from 22 kV up to 765 kV. He has worked on the design of transmission lines in many countries including South Africa, Canada, Namibia, Botswana, Indonesia, Norway, Mozambique, Greenland, Sri-Lanka and the DRC. Mr Naidoo is an active CIGRE member for 10 years and was previously the engineering design leader for a large transmission integration project valued at USD 480 million, which consisted of several 765 kV and 400 kV lines, totalling 2200 km. He has been involved in many line failure investigations, vibration damping studies and emergency restoration planning projects. Mr Naidoo has conducted several PLS-CADD training exercises in South Africa, Norway, Sri-Lanka and the Netherlands. He has been utilizing PLS suite of software for 20 years.

Gilles Sabatier-Olne

Mr Sabatier-Olne is a structural engineer with 20 years of professional experience in engineering work, whereof 16 years related to engineering and design of transmission facilities for electric power. His main expertise and experience are in the fields of structural analysis and design of towers and engineering of lines in different countries (Norway, France, Iceland), specifically upgrade and reinforcement of existing power lines. Mr Sabatier-Olne has taken part in study and design of new tower types, among them one based on aluminum material and has also been involved in assisting Statnett (Norwegian TSO) to set up a new tower design procedure based on PLS-CADD/Tower software. Mr Sabatier-Olne oversees the maintenance and update according to latest standards of some of Statnett tower design software tools related to TOWER. He has conducted training sessions regarding the use of the PLS-CADD and TOWER for various Norwegian companies.

PLS training at EFLA

PLS training at EFLA

PLS training at EFLA

PLS training at EFLA

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