Best Practices for Wood Pole Strength and Loading
December 7-8, 2020 | Online :: Central Time
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.
- 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
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
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.
Monday, December 7, 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
Tuesday, December 8 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
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
Questions and Wrap-up
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.
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