Grid Asset Management
 

Inspection

For most utilities, grid structures like distribution poles are one of the three largest investments on the balance sheet.  After more than a century of use, wood remains the preferred material for poles because of its durability, strength, low acquisition and lifecycle costs, and availability in multiple lengths and classes. Wood poles are susceptible to degradation by a variety of factors. 

Osmose pole inspection programs allow you to better manage the critical factors that determine pole performance – strength, load, and cost. Osmose technicians use StrengthCalc® software which models the cross section of decaying poles in relation to the transverse loads.  Both the severity and location of the decay in respect to wires and cables are taken into account.  StrengthCalc incorporates precise section modulus calculations to provide the percent remaining strength for weakened poles.
 

Restoration 

A utility’s grid resiliency is positively affected with a robust pole inspection and restoration program. Although adequate at the time of installation, many utility poles can no longer safely carry the loads they are required to support.  The addition of new distribution lines, telecom equipment, and broadband infrastructure have increased loads beyond the capabilities originally intended, compromising the structural reliability, resilience, and safety of poles across Europe.

Weakened poles discovered during inspection and rehabilitated with an Osmose C- or C2-Truss will help minimize the number of wood poles needing attention, as utility crews work to restore power to the grid after a significant weather event. Osmose pole restoration systems provide reliable, long-term solutions for extending service life. Osmose restoration systems:

  • Restore poles to code-mandated strength
  • Add decades of service life
  • Save you money - pole restoration is often one-third or less than the cost of replacement
  • Improve structural resiliency of the grid
  • Help you avoid the hassle of replacement, which includes change-outs, transfers, double wood, and service interruptions