Distribution Resiliency as a Service®
Current distribution overhead line structures may not be strong enough for the next major storm that can down powerlines and cause significant outages and long restoration times.
These same structures are expected to carry additional attachments from broadband and 5G deployments. These critical assets not only carry a lot of weight and responsibility, but also a lot of risk if they aren't evaluated, restored, or strengthened appropriately.
A replacement-only strategy of high-risk vulnerable assets with stronger structures is an inefficient use of capital budgets, time-consuming, and laborious.
Osmose’s grid structure experts have developed a targeted structural Resiliency as a Service (RAAS)® program that is risk-informed, targeted, and data-driven. It allows utilities to execute a faster, longer-lasting hardening program on more of their system.
With Osmose's Grid Hardening Approach
costs avoided, millions saved
trees saved annually
Five Steps to More Resilient Distribution Structures
Start with Circuit Prioritization
Osmose begins its resilience investigation with Osmolytics®, a unique predictive analytics solution that examines grid structure age and risk scenarios to identify targeted focus areas. Osmose can help prioritize heavily loaded circuits using data provided by the utility and simulating estimated loads under given weather conditions.
Collect Detailed Structure Data
Once prioritized areas are determined, Osmose deploys trained and experienced field crews to collect detailed structure data. The ever-expanding OsmoVision® toolset allows for accurate and detailed data collection, and efficient AI-enabled processing of both LiDAR and other state-of-the-art data capture and visualization technologies to provide resilience analysis and modeling.
Model Your Pole’s Capacity
The processed data is then imported into Osmose’s O-Calc® Pro utility structure analysis software. O-Calc Pro simulates each asset's construction and structural capacity against defined weather scenarios and considers the poles’ current health.
In-Depth Look at Pole Plant Health
Without a comprehensive pole assessment and treatment program, the full structural analysis is missing a key component: remaining strength. With a groundline assessment program, each pole gets a detailed below-ground assessment, remaining strength calculation, and remedial treatment applied to arrest decay and retain the remaining strength.
Better Solutions, Less Replacement
With data collection, assessment, and modeling complete, Osmose can recommend solutions for any pole found below the resiliency standards set by the utility. Osmose has a family of trussing systems that are prescribed and installed for significantly less investment than pole replacement.
There are trussing solutions for poles that need:
- Core strength restored due to decay or damage. (Tough Truss® Core)
- Extra bending capacity along with strength restored. (Tough Truss® Extra)
- Upgrade to the bending capacity, sometimes by multiple classes. (Tough Truss® Upgrade)
If a trussing solution is not utilized, Osmose can provide pole replacement design recommendations by trained pole modeling technicians.
Benefits of a Distribution Resiliency Program
Cost-Effective – Targeted analysis means only structures in need of a solution receive them, and the Osmose trussing solutions are typically installed for a quarter or less of replacement cost.
Efficient – Osmose grid resiliency solutions are implemented faster than replacement-only programs.
Engineered Solutions – Osmose programs are specifically tailored to the complex needs of the utility and its distribution structures.
Our Results Speak for Themselves
Trussing solutions commercially available
Trusses installed since 2004, for over 230 utilities
Industry saving in avoided replacement cost
Average life extension