Osmose University Webinars
Join fellow utility subject matter experts providing hour-long webinars on various wood and steel topics. These webinars are offered at no charge.
Our webinars are eligible for IEEE PDH credit. To qualify, you must attend the webinar live and complete the IEEE evaluation we will provide following the event.
Follow the Data - Analytics Insights into Wood Pole Plant Health & Resiliency
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
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.
Presenters: Bill Bonczar, John Cancian, Don Pitalo, Matthew Cowen
Aging Substations: Practical Methods to Improve Structural Reliability and Enhance Resiliency
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Often overlooked, substation support structures are some of the most important assets on your system. They support hard-to-replace, high-lead-time equipment that is critical to system reliability. The possibility of an unexpected failure of these structures is alarming. The loss of a structure can threaten the integrity of the substation and potentially the stability of the local power grid.
Presenters: Kevin Niles
Maximizing ROI and Minimizing Risk in Joint Pole Attachments
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
An influx of federal and state funding for broadband deployments, requests for non-traditional pole attachments from wireless companies, and regulations intended to accelerate response times and impose new reporting requirements on pole owners will increase the volume and complexity of requests to attach telecommunications facilities to utility poles. A pole attachment audit is the best way to baseline the facilities on your poles so you can provide maximum cost recovery for ratepayers and shareholders and respond quickly and accurately to attachment requests. To prepare for an audit you must first understand the requirements and allowances of your existing Joint Pole Agreements and Pole Attachment Agreements.
Presenters: Ron Bilodeau
Optimizing Joint Use Management: Tools and Strategies for Success
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Federal and state funding for broadband deployments, requests for non-traditional pole attachments from wireless companies, and regulations intended to accelerate response times and impose new reporting requirements on pole owners will increase the volume and complexity of requests to attach telecommunications facilities to utility poles. Many utilities do not have the processes in place and the workforce resources to address a large and inconsistent volume of pole attachment requests.
Presenters: Ron Bilodeau
Strengthening the Grid: Methods for Ensuring Resiliency in Transmission Structures
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
The increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and the population’s reliance on electricity makes it more necessary than ever to ensure the resiliency of the power grid. The resiliency of steel transmission line structures is an often overlooked, yet extremely important component when assessing the overall health of the system. As existing structures continue to age it is important to have programs in place to meet the increasing demands being placed on these assets.
Presenters: Mark Pitre
Weathering the Storm– Insights to Actions for Improved Structural Resiliency
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Join us for a presentation of approaches utilities are adopting to harden overhead lines using available and newly collected data in the field to improve structural resiliency. We will discuss the latest proven approaches for proactively hardening your grid infrastructure including innovative modeling methods and technology, methods for strengthening existing structures, and strategic ways to replace key structures with new, stronger structures. You'll learn how a number of utilities are managing resiliency as an ongoing process rather than a reactive event.
Presenters: Chad Newton
Contact Voltage is Unseen and Unforgiving – Mitigate Risk in Underground Distribution Systems
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Mobile detection solutions provide utilities with intelligence and visibility into the health of their underground distribution systems and assets. Using a combination of cutting-edge electric field detection technologies and purpose-built data systems, technicians proactively scan utility systems and detect electrical faults before they can impact utilities.
Join us for a webinar to discuss implementing the IEEE 1695 Guide to Understanding, Diagnosing, and Mitigating Stray and Contact Voltage.
Presenter: David Kalokitis
Leveraging Technology for Joint Use Permitting & Make Ready Engineering
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
With the explosion of new broadband structure owners, all share the common goals of ensuring system integrity, reliability, safety, and compliance. Many utilities have successfully incorporated new technologies to support these needs, and perform the work with fewer resources while improving transparency of work and attacher communications.
Presenter: Chris Diliberto