Level 3 ASPs


Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub - transmission network assets.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 3 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information.

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au


Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub - transmission network assets.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 3 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information.

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Power Lines Pro & 3D Model Training Material and Survey

    5 days ago

    Following Essential Energy’s recent series of online training modules on Power Lines Pro and 3D modelling, our training materials are now available on Essential Engagement for you and your colleagues to access.

    Training Material

    The following training material is now available on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management:

    • How to Guides for Modules 2 & 3
    • Example .Power Files
    • Power Lines Pro One Pager Information Sheet
    • Frequently asked Questions and Answers Q&As
    • Recorded training sessions (will also be added in the future).

    Requesting Training Feedback

    Please click on Essential Energy Training Survey Feedback to complete a short survey. It will only take a few minutes and will provide us with valuable information to help us create the content you want in the future.

    Access to Essential Energy’s 3D model

    If you haven’t already submitted your request to access our 3D model, construction libraries and LiDAR data please complete the access form which is available on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management and email the completed form to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au by close of business Friday 14 August 2020. Once we receive your request it will be processed as soon as possible.

    Future training – online sessions

    To further support you with Power Lines Pro and our 3D model, drop-in zoom sessions will be held between the 18 – 20 August 2020. There will be no agenda for these sessions as they are aimed at supporting the ASPs who attended the training and who would like to ask further questions. Invites will be sent out shortly via email.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Click on Essential Energy Training Survey Feedback to complete the feedback survey.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. You may also wish to take advantage of a free trial and browse the support files at the Powerlines Pro website – if so, please sign up using the same email address as your Okta account.

    Further Information

    Further information on Power Lines Pro and the 3D Model can be found on Essential Engagement, under Digital Asset Management.

    Visit the Power Lines Pro website - especially their support pages, for further information, FAQs, tutorials, troubleshooting and access to the community forums at: https://www.powerlinespro.freshdesk.com/support/home.

    Additional resources newly available from Power Lines Pro are listed below, with relevant links.

    If you would like to ask anything or require further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.


  • Update to Low Voltage Drop Parameters and CEOM7001

    19 days ago

    LV Drop Parameters

    Following changes to requirements for underground LV distribution cable installation and requests for review from software users, Essential Energy has reviewed LV drop parameters and reduced the confidence factor. The value is now 2 for all fields. We anticipate that the software will be updated and provided to all users. In the meantime, please manually adjust the values.

    Additionally, from 24 August 2020 Essential Energy requires the LV drop model file to be included with all submissions – further details are in the LV Drop Parameter document.

    Update to CEOM7001

    CEOM7001 ground clearance requirements has been updated to include conductor minimum ground clearance and thermal rating. For overhead conductors being modelled within a construction plan, the overhead conductor schedule needs to reference:

    • Minimum Design Ground Clearance @ Maximum Operating Temperature

    This can be taken from the overhead design manual (CEOP7097).

    From 24 August 2020, please submit overhead conductor schedule and construction plans with this new requirement – further details are in the LV Drop Parameter document.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review full details of the above two changes in the LV Drop Parameter document which can be found on Essential Engagement’s Level 3 ASP page under Information and on the Document Library.
    2. From 24 August 2020, commence sending the requested information to Essential Energy.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.


    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • Project Compliance - Surveyor’s Advice Update

    27 days ago

    What is Happening?

    To comply with section 2.12 of CEOP2015, all contestable overhead and underground projects that include easements and/or allocations such as road reserves and nature strips require a surveyor’s letter stating that the network assets gifted to Essential Energy are in the locations indicated on the certified plan/s.

    The surveyor’s letter must be submitted on your company letterhead with the project completion document. To assist, an example letter can be found on the Document Library.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above and ensure these requirements are met.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation, customers and proponents.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • Access Form for 3D design model and training reminder

    about 1 month ago

    Access Form for 3D Design Model

    From Monday 3 August 2020 Essential Energy will be making 3D modelling of our overhead network, construction libraries and LiDAR data available.

    Registered Level 3A & 3B ASPs who currently have access to the BetterConnect Portal can request access through Power Lines Pro – a third party online platform for power line design.

    The access form is available on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management. Please email the completed form to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au by close of business Friday 24 July 2020.

    Training

    Essential Energy has scheduled a series of online training sessions to help you to better understand this data and Power Lines Pro.

    • Module 1 (M1) – Introduction to Powerlines Pro – 2 hours

    An overview of Powerlines Pro, what we are offering, and how this will improve design and certification processes. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 15 to 17 July 2020, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

    • Module 2 (M2) – LiDAR Data & Network Automodel – 2 hours

    How to gain access to the data you need and to Powerlines Pro for designs on Essential Energy’s network. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 22 to 24 July from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

    • Module 3 (M3) - How to model with LiDAR Data – 2 hours

    An optional session that will walk through some examples using Essential Energy’s LiDAR data and construction libraries to create designs. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 29 to 31 July, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

    Training sessions are open to all members of your company, however spaces are limited and they will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. We plan to record these sessions to share on Essential Engagement for those unable to attend.

    To reserve a spot please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au with the following details:

    • Name, Organisation, Job title, Email address and Phone number for each person attending
    • Which sessions you have selected (eg. M1 Wednesday 1PM, M2 Tuesday 10AM, M3 Friday 10AM)

    Calendar invitations with further instructions on accessing these online sessions will be sent within two business days of receiving your email.

    To gain access to Essential Energy’s automodel data:

    1. Review and complete the Access form available on essential engagement under digital asset management.
    2. Email the completed Access form to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au by cob 24 July 2020.

    To submit your expressions of interest to attending PLP Training:

    1. Email your selected session/s to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au as outlined above.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. Power Lines Pro has a free trial and support materials available on their Power Lines Pro, If you choose to sign up please use the same email address as your Okta account – we will provide more details during the training.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • BetterConnect Portal unavailable on 19 July 2020

    about 1 month ago

    The BetterConnect Portal will be unavailable on Sunday 19 July 2020, to enable upgrades by its administrator, Salesforce.

    This will not change any functionality that is currently available in the system.

    If you experience any issues using the BetterConnect Portal following this upgrade, please contact Essential Energy by email via aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • You are invited: Training in 3D design tools and network data for L3 ASPs

    about 1 month ago

    What is happening?

    As communicated on 16 June, Essential Energy will be making a 3D model of our overhead network, construction libraries and LiDAR data available to Level 3 ASPs. From late July you will have the option to request access to these through Power Lines Pro.

    Power Lines Pro is a third party online platform available to purchase, however a free trial is available which will allow you to view Essential Energy’s data and network model.

    Essential Energy are running a series of online training sessions via zoom to help you get started. Each module will have a morning (10.00am) and afternoon (1.00pm) session. Sessions are listed below:

    • Module 1 (M1) – Introduction to Power Lines Pro – 2 hours

    An overview of Power Lines Pro, what we are offering, and how this will improve design and certification processes. Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 July.

    • Module 2 (M2) – LiDAR Data & Network Automodel – 2 hours

    How to gain access to the data you need and to Powerlines Pro for designs on Essential Energy’s network. Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 July.

    • Module 3 (M3) – How to model with LiDAR Data – 2 hours

    An optional session that will walk through some examples using Essential Energy’s LiDAR data and construction libraries to create designs. Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 July.

    This invite is open to all members of your company, however spaces are limited and they will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. We plan to record these sessions and share on Essential Engagement for those unable to attend.

    To reserve a spot please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au with the following details:

    • Name, Organisation, Job title, Email address and Phone number for each person attending
    • Which sessions you have selected (eg. M1 Wednesday 1PM, M2 Tuesday 10AM, M3 Friday 10AM)

    Calendar invitations with further instructions on how to attend these online sessions will be sent within 2 business days of receiving your email.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the Training Schedule on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management.
    2. Email your selected session/s to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au as outlined above.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    4. Power Lines Pro has a free trial and support materials available on their Power Lines Pro website. If you choose to sign up please use the same email address as your Okta account – we will provide more details during the training.


    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • Coming soon: 3D design tools and network data for L3 ASPs

    about 2 months ago

    What is happening?

    Essential Energy will be making our 3D asset modelling and design libraries available to Level 3 ASPs. From late July, you will be able to request access to Powerlines Pro – an online software tool for power line design.

    Essential Energy’s internal design team already use this tool and have seen significant improvements in design quality and consistency as a result.

    By giving you access to these optional tools and data that Essential Energy are using, we can start streamline the process from conceptual design through to certification.

    Essential Energy has created a short video for you to see what Powerlines Pro can do, you can find this on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management.

    A pilot group of ASPs have already started using this tool and have helped with improvements to make sure it meets your needs.

    We will be offering a series of online training sessions to demonstrate how to use Powerlines Pro and access our 3D modelling of Essential Energy’s network, construction libraries and LiDAR data for utilisation within your designs.

    Our next communication will detail these optional training sessions, which will be held between 14 July and 31 July 2020. At this time, we will be asking you to submit your expressions of interest to attend.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the Powerlines Pro demonstration video on Essential Engagement under Digital Asset Management.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.


    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • Follow up reminder – completing paperwork and non-conformances for FY 2019-20

    about 2 months ago

    Friendly reminder

    As per our communication on 1 June 2020 Essential Energy are requesting that all paperwork is submitted prior to 1 July 2020.

    Previous communication

    To assist Essential Energy in ensuring that all work completed and commissioned in the 2019-20 financial year is correctly recorded and closed in our systems, we are asking you, where practical, to please send all required paperwork.

    We are also requesting that you submit a schedule to rectify all outstanding non-conformances prior to 1 July 2020. If you are unsure of your current outstanding non-conformance status, please contact your local NAF or SNAF (Network Assurance Facilitator).

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au, or alternatively contact your local NAF or SNAF.

  • Subtransmission Design – Powerlines Pro

    about 2 months ago

    What is happening?

    As Part of being easy to do business with, and listening to your feedback Essential Energy are pleased to share that we are in the process of updating CEOM7081 – Subtransmission Line Design Manual, so that certain Overhead subtransmission projects can be designed utilising Powerlines Pro as the modelling software.

    Draft changes to CEOM7081 – Subtransmission Line Design Manual

    5.8.2 Design Software for Subtransmission Line Design.

    Essential Energy uses specific software packages; PLS Cadd and Powerlines Pro, for subtransmission line design. Essential Energy requires designers submit software files and design material compatible with either PLS Cadd or Powerlines Pro.

    PLS Cadd

    Weather criteria files for the five weather zones and a weather cases file are listed in Section 6.6 for easy reference.

    These files are also available electronically along with computer models of Essential Energy’s standard subtransmission poles, fittings and assemblies for use with the PLS_Cadd software package.

    The electronic files are available to Contract Designers who are engaged in subtransmission line design for Essential Energy.

    Powerlines Pro

    Powerlines Pro may be used to design subtransmission lines where ruling span analysis is acceptable. This typically includes single wood, concrete and steel poles. Currently Powerlines Pro may not be used to submit designs where Finite Element Analysis is required, such as use of structural analysis of H Frame structures, other braced or dual pole structures or towers, or where pole flexibility is a design consideration such as un-stayed strain structures across large spans, e.g. unstayed river crossings.

    A Powerlines Pro master file providing a library of Essential Energy’s Conductors, Poles and Constructions is also available on request to Contract Designers.

    6.1 Introduction

    The structural design methods in this manual are based on ‘limit state’ concepts as recommended by AS/NZS 7000 and parts of this Section of the manual are taken directly from this document.

    Whilst the design of subtransmission lines can be carried out manually it is most often carried out with the use of specialised software packages. These may include overhead line design software and pole footing design software.

    This structural Section will provide the Essential Energy parameters for designs to be carried out either manually or by software package. In all instances, any software utilised for any complete design or part thereof shall be approved by Essential Energy. To enable checking and future maintenance, Essential Energy requires the use of PLS_Cadd, Powerlines Pro or software that can provide the design in a form readily accepted by PLS_Cadd or Powerlines Pro. The software shall enable design compliance with all relevant codes and regulations and conform to current industry practice.

    PLS_Cadd Software Design Criteria files are included in Section 6.6, however, an electronic copy can be provided to Contract Designers for use with PLS_Cadd as used by Essential Energy.

    A Powerlines Pro master file providing a library of Essential Energy’s Conductors, Poles and Constructions is also available on request to Contract Designers.

    Essential Energy subtransmission lines are to be designed for a one in one-hundred-year return period (RP) for regional wind speeds: RP=100 year (ie annual probability of exceedence = 1/100).

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the draft text from CEOM7081 – Subtransmission Line Design Manual.
    2. In July, you can begin utilising Powerlines Pro for overhead subtransmission projects in alignment with the above criteria.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.


    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

  • Request for Planned Outage, Connection or Work Live LV

    about 2 months ago

    Changes made to CEOF6013 – Outage, Connection & Work Live LV request from

    Following recent incidents of outages extending beyond requested timeframes, Essential Energy has amended form CEOF6013 Request for Planned Outage, Connection or Work Live LV.

    The new form will be available in the Document Library from 1 July 2020 and we request that you start using it immediately after that date.

    Key changes to CEOF6013 Request for Planned Outage, Connection or Work Live LV are:

    • The ASP must provide 5 days’ notice when they intend to work live LV.
    • The ASP is to state the Access Permit duration time required to complete the work.
    • A detailed description of works must be provided, including work areas and tasks to be undertaken.
    • Additional fees will be applied for Access Permits outside of business hours.
    • Outlines actions and responsibilities for the ASP when customers are affected by planned outages.
    • Switching / commissioning officer has a checklist as a guide to assist with the contestable process.

    Please familiarise yourself with the new form and the notes listed on page 2. If you have any questions, please contact your local Network Assurance Facilitator.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above key changes and submit CEOF6013 version 8 from 1 July 2020. The revised CEOF6013 form will be located in the Document Library.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.