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The Effectiveness of Inspection: A Comprehensive Comparison of Power Pole Assessment Techniques

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

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The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the effectiveness of various traditional wood utility pole inspection methods in identifying "reject" poles compared to a full excavation inspection. These traditional inspection methods can range from simple visual inspections to more involved partial excavations. Previous research & historical results have provided estimates of the effectiveness of these methods, but this study was conducted to reevaluate these estimates with a more involved process at a scale never before seen.

This webinar will:

  • Highlight a monumental new study completed by Osmose focused on reject inspection effectiveness for traditional inspection methods.
  • Walk through the results for various partials, sound & bore & full excavate inspections on both thick and thin sapwood species.
  • Discuss the massive impact condition-based inspection have on the overall program effectiveness.


About the Presenter:

Robert Batchelor - Product Manager

Robert Batchelor holds a BS in Chemistry from Armstrong University. He is an active member of AWPA and ASC 05, which provides standards and dimensions for wood poles. In his current role, he oversees the design, development, and implementation of Osmose’s industry-leading wood pole inspection and treatment products and services.