Padmount or Pandora’s Box? How to Manage the Hidden Reliability Risk

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar is complimentary and intended for utility asset owners.

This webinar is eligible for IEEE PDH credit. To qualify, you must attend the webinar live and complete the IEEE evaluation we will provide following the event.


Padmount transformers represent a valuable key asset to electric utility companies. Due to their unprotected ground-level locations in the yards of home owners, along roadsides, and beside businesses, padmounted transformers are exposed to a higher degree of risk and therefore greater liability than other underground system components. They are often the target of corrosion degradation, vandalism, obstruction, and other conditions that affect their reliability and service life. 

The majority of underground systems in the US are 40+ years old and ever aging.  Many have not previously been included in an effective life extension program. Often, even if programs are utilized, they provide ineffective results as they are not scaled sufficiently to address the entire population within a reasonable time frame. This can result in an unbalanced program incapable of providing adequate results.

The focus of this webinar is to address:

  • The most common issues affecting padmount transformer service-life
  • The pitfalls of ineffective practices
  • Effective program management elements and strategies


About the Presenters

Kevin Niles is the Osmose Product Manager for Steel Structure Assets. He is also a Corrosion Engineer and a NACE Senior Corrosion Technologist with over 30 years of experience assessing, maintaining, and restoring both steel and wood utility structures. He is a member of ASTM, ASCE, SSPC, and an active committee member with NACE, IEEE and ASTM. Kevin is currently a  committee officer on the NACE SC 11 Electric Utility Generation, Transmission & Distribution standards development committee. 



Jackie Berna, is the VP of Systems Operations for Central Rural Electric Cooperative (CREC). He has been with CREC for almost 38 years starting as a groundman in 1983. Following a five year apprentice program, he became a Lineman for 11 years where he gained expereince working on overhead and underground construction, maintenance, and service work and. Jackie is also a Department of Labor certified Lineman. Prior to his current role, he was a Line Foreman for 13 years, Line Superintendent for two years, and Director of Operations for six years. 





This webinar is complimentary and intended for utility asset owners.