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Best Practices for Wood Pole Strength and Loading
November 16-17, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

When it comes to wood utility pole strength and loading, the experts say, “know the code!”, the National Electric Safety Code or California’s General Order 95 that is. In the ever changing world of electric utility and telecommunication companies, knowing the codes, regulations, and best practices, is vital to not only keeping the power on, but to ensure the safety of linemen and the public. With the advent of 5G on the horizon, telecommunication and wireless companies are eager to attach additional equipment to utility poles, thus making it more important than ever for electric utility and telecommunication companies to know and follow the codes!

In this course, pole strength capacities will be explained along with the loading criteria of the NESC and GO 95. An overview along with hands-on examples of basic pole loading calculations will help with understanding the important aspects and variables that impact how a pole is loaded. Variations of the third-party attachment processes around the country will be briefly explained and followed with an emphasis on the importance of wire and equipment clearances and the make ready process. Managing wood pole data including strength and loading details will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain ANSI O5.1 wood pole manufacturing and dimension standards
  • In-depth review of NESC strength and loading criteria along with an overview of GO 95 criteria
  • Comparisons of key NESC requirements to similar GO 95 requirements
  • Identify clearance basics
  • Discuss the process for third-party attachments
  • Comparisons of pole loading software programs
  • Discuss best practices for managing wood poles and the tremendous amount of related data
  • Discuss best practices for adding attachments to existing poles

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this course, 0.4 CEUs for workshop 1 and 0.3 CEUs for workshop 2.

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Agenda

Monday, November 16, 2020 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Wood Pole Management

  • Early electrical systems
  • Comparison of pole materials
  • Expectations for safety, reliability and resiliency
  • Effective asset management

Wood Pole Manufacturing and Strength

  • ANSI O5.1 – Dimensions and Specifications for Wood Pole manufacturing
  • AWPA – American Wood Protection Association standards for treating wood poles

Pole Loading Basics

  • Transverse, longitudinal and vertical Loading
  • Loading and strength formulas
  • Bending analysis
  • Buckling analysis
  • Linear and non-linear analysis
  • Deterministic and probabilistic
  • Load resistance factored design
  • Wire tensions
  • Grades of construction

NESC Loading & Strength Requirements


Wood Pole Decay & Strength loss

  • Bending vs. Buckling

Pole Loading and Pole Remediation Programs


Pole Loading Database Systems


Clearance Basics

  • Vertical clearances over surfaces
  • Clearances between wires on different supporting structures
  • Clearances of wires from buildings, bridges, swimming pools, and others
  • Clearances for wires carried on the same structure
  • Climbing Space
  • Working Space
  • Edition of the Code

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


Pole Loading Examples

  • Typical Assumptions
  • Tangent Pole Basics
  • Angle Pole Basics
  • Guying Basics
  • Calculations
  • Examples
    • Tangent Poles
    • Angle Poles
    • Un-Guyed
    • Guyed
    • Junction Poles
    • Dead End Poles
    • Added Equipment

Third Party Attachment Process

  • Pole owner in-house processes
  • Pole owner subcontract all or part of the process
  • Oregon Joint Use Association

Adding Attachments to Existing Poles

  • Field Processes For Determining Existing Load
  • Remaining Strength if Necessary
  • Additional Load Added
  • Make Ready – Making the Pole Ready for an Additional Attachment
  • Small Cell – Antenna Attachments

Joint Use Application of Pole Loading Software


Questions and Wrap-up


Instructor

Chad Newton Director – Product Management, Wood Infrastructure, Osmose

Chad Netwon is the Director of Product Management – Wood Infrastructure at Osmose. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is active in the IEEE PES Overhead Lines Subcommittee and serves as Vice-Chair for that committee’s Structural Materials and Hardware Working Group. In his current role, he oversees the design, development, and implementation of Osmose’s industry-leading wood pole inspection and restoration products and services, as well as provides support and guidance on products and services concerning strength and loading of wood poles.

Workshops

Post-Course Workshop 1

Post Course Workshop 2


Joint Use Design and Management Workshop

November 17, 2020 :: Central Time

Overview

Billions of dollars of federal and state funding for broadband deployments, new technology like 5G wireless, and regulatory changes designed to facilitate easier and faster access to poles are putting increased pressure on pole owners. Pole owners may not have the resources to respond to the increased volume of requests to attach to poles. Failure to comply with attachment requests in a timely manner may lead to penalties and risks to your pole plant. This workshop will provide pole owners and broadband providers solutions to help understand the status of your pole plant, who is attached where and develop platform based, streamlined processes to ensure, compliance with regulations, proper cost recovery and a favorable public opinion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate how to calculate the pole strength and loading for pole attachments
  • Explain the rights and obligations of utilities and joint-users or attachers on new and existing joint use poles
  • Review common joint use contract requirements and their practical implications
  • Analyze effective strategies for working with attachers and joint-users

Agenda

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Login and Welcome

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Current State

  • Introduction to Joint Use Attachments and Agreements
  • Brief History of Joint Use Attachments
  • Joint Use Agreements
  • Today’s Joint Use Environment
    • Industry Drivers
      • Broadband Funding
      • Technology Refresh
      • State and Federal Regulations
    • Challenges
      • For Pole Owners
      • For Broadband Providers

The Pole

  • Types of Poles
  • Wood Pole Strength and Loading Basics for Overhead Lines
  • Resiliency for Electric and Wireless Services
  • Upgrading the Capacity of Wood Poles
  • Testing and Treatment of Poles

Equipment

  • Cables and Conductors
  • Terminals and Power Supplies
  • Antennas
    • Communication Space
    • Supply Space
    • Strand Mount

Joint Use

  • Administration
    • Contracts and Licenses
  • Cost Recovery
    • Incremental Costs
    • License Fees
  • Construction
    • Vertical Clearances
    • Work Rules

Processes

  • Review of Contracts
  • Audit of Plant and Facilities
  • Remediation of Code Violations
  • Ongoing Management

Instructor

Ron Bilodeau, Senior Solutions Consultant, Osmose

Ron Bilodeau is a Senior Solutions Consultant – Technical Services with Osmose. Ron has more than 35 years of experience in both telecommunications’ construction and electric utility operations management. Ron earned an MBA and BA in Communications and Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Nevada Reno and is a Certified Project Management Professional. In his current role, he provides solutions and recommendations to the utility and broadband industries on a wide-ranging scope of requirements including joint use, broadband buildout, and wireless attachment and colocation programs and processes.


Wood Pole Inspections and Life Extension Workshop

November 18, 2020 :: Central Time

Overview

A variety of inspection and in-service treatments are performed on wooden utility poles to ensure a strong and safe wood pole plant. Good inspection data is critical to any strength rating calculation and the aluminum inspection tag that is placed on the pole tells the basic history of what has, or has not, been done to qualify that pole as sound.  

This presentation will explore each of the currently available inspection techniques and uncover the ground-line area defects in wood poles that these inspections are designed to identify.  After inspection, a number of remedial wood preservative treatments are available to prolong the life of this valuable asset.   A summary of these treatments will inform the audience of their uses and benefits.  Finally, inspections can identify poles that might benefit from in-service reinforcement techniques.  The most common reinforcements will be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between types of in-service wood pole inspection and treatments
  • Estimate the pole’s remaining strength to determine pass/fail
  • Identify decay and measure defects 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


In-service Wood Pole Inspection

  • Inspector Qualifications
  • Identifying Decay & Measuring Defects 
    • Buckling
    •  Cracks
      • Horizontal Cracks
      • Vertical Cracks
    •  Holes
      • Hollow Spots
      • Woodpecker Holes
    • Shell Rot and Decay
    • Knots
    • Depth of Setting
    • Former Ground Line Location
    • Surrounding Soil Conditions
    • Burn Marks
    • Internal Condition of the Pole
  • Estimating the Pole’s Remaining Strength to Determine Pass/Fail
  • Applying Effective Remedial Treatments

Inservice Wood Pole Testing

  • Sound and Selective Bore
  • Sound and Bore
  • Sound and Bore with Partial Excavation and Selective Treatment
  • Comprehensive Life Extension

Instructor

Ron Bilodeau, Senior Solutions Consultant, Osmose

Ron Bilodeau is a Senior Solutions Consultant – Technical Services with Osmose. Ron has more than 35 years of experience in both telecommunications’ construction and electric utility operations management. Ron earned an MBA and BA in Communications and Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Nevada Reno and is a Certified Project Management Professional. In his current role, he provides solutions and recommendations to the utility and broadband industries on a wide-ranging scope of requirements including joint use, broadband buildout, and wireless attachment and colocation programs and processes.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Best Practices for Wood Pole Strength and LoadingUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
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* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

This event has the following workshops:

Joint Use Design and ManagementUS $ 495.00
Wood Pole Inspections and Life ExtensionUS $ 495.00

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 16, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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