B2 Overhead Lines


  • Overhead lines and the associated subsystems including conductors, conductor bundles, earth wires, optical cables and their associated insulators, joints, hardware and accessories.
  • Poles and towers including accessories, foundations and earthing systems.


Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee B2 addresses topics throughout the asset management life-cycle phases; from conception, through research, development, design, production, deployment, operation, and end-of life. At all stages, technical, safety, economic, environmental and social aspects are addressed as well as interactions with, and integration into, the evolving power system and the environment. All aspects of performance, specification, testing and the application of testing techniques are within scope, with a specific focus on the impact of changing interactions and demands due to evolution of the power system. Life cycle assessment techniques, risk management techniques, education and training are also important aspects.

Within this framework additional specific areas of attention include:

  • Theory, principles and concepts, functionality, technological development, design, performance and application of materials, efficiency.
  • Manufacturing, quality assurance, application guidance, planning, routing and location, construction, erection, installation.
  • Reliability, availability, dependability, maintainability and maintenance, service, condition monitoring, diagnostics, restoration, repair, loading, upgrading, uprating.
  • Refurbishment, re-use/re-deployment, deterioration, dismantling, disposal.


Canadian Representative:

  • Pierre Van Dyke, Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec

Canadian participations on working groups - task forces

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