Follow the Data - Analytics Insights into Wood Pole Plant Health & Resiliency 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

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The overall health of your pole plant directly impacts the overall strength and resiliency of your grid: without health there is no resiliency. Get an introduction to the evolution and latest American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Standard Decay Hazard Map and the concept of structural health and resiliency for overhead lines.  Utilizing the decay map as a guide, discover an innovative method for measuring the health and resiliency of a utility company’s structural assets and the optimization of the total cost of ownership of those assets. 

During this webinar we will discuss: 

  • The methods historically used to determine decay hazards, as well as modern approaches, have compelled and contributed to a new AWPA Standard Decay Hazard Map 
  • Understanding the current structural health and resiliency of your pole plant using analytics 
  • How effective or ineffective wood pole management programs can increase or decrease your plant health, resiliency, and long-term total cost of ownership 
  • How your investments in remediation and improvements of structural assets improve health and ultimately resiliency 

About the Presenter:

Matt Cowen is a Senior Soil and Climate Scientist for Osmose with over 20 years of experience. He spent 10 years as a Sonar Technician in the United States Navy leading the Anti-Submarine Warfare division onboard multiple commands, as well as teaching ASW in Point Loma, California for three years.  He completed his degree in Environmental Science / Watershed Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as a degree in geospatial information systems (GIS).  He brings over 10 years of experience in geospatial and environmental analytics.  He is the author of “A Dose-Response Approach to Decay Hazard Mapping for Wood Utility Poles,” which led to the creation of the new AWPA Decay Hazard Map. 

Bill Bonczar is the Director of Data Analytics for Osmose with over 20 years of experience in the utility service industry spanning the software development and analytics spaces.  Bill has worked directly with customers to implement their GIS systems and has designed data models for collecting and storing utility asset data.  Most recently he is responsible for oversight of the Osmolytics Platform, including development and operation as well as serving as the subject matter expert on all utility asset data used in the platform, and for all analytics use cases deployed by Osmose. 

Don Pitalo is the Vice President of Solutions Consulting for Osmose with over 20 years of experience as a business consultant with unique skills to show big data and predictive analytics to discover creative ways to dramatically improve both business processes and results. Currently, Don leads the Solutions Consulting team that provides direction and subject matter expertise in wood, steel, technical services, utility finance, and other relevant areas. Earlier in his career, he led national and international consulting efforts to drive efficiency and reduce business costs for telecommunications and utility customers.  

John Cancian is the Vice President of Data Analytics for Osmose. John has over 20 years of experience putting analytics methods to use in a variety of engineering and business contexts. Earlier in his career, he led the command and telemetry team for the International Space Station. John was the Infrared Discipline Chief at Pratt & Whitney and most recently the Senior Manager, Decision Sciences at Cognilytics. John has a BS in Engineering from the University of Connecticut, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale.