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Strengthening the Grid: Methods for Ensuring Resiliency in Transmission Structures

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


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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.

This webinar will discuss:

  • The history of the design of transmission structures and their assessment through the lens of resiliency.
  • Current data collection and structural analysis methods used to assess the risk of failure of existing structures during extreme weather events.
  • Methods for strengthening existing assets to withstand extreme weather events.

About the Presenter:

Mark Pitre, P.E. - Project Engineer II

Mark is a senior engineer for the Structural Steel Services group at Osmose. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and is a member of ASCE, AISC, and ACI. He joined Osmose in 2018 after three years in the highway construction industry where he was involved in some of the largest DOT projects in the southeastern United States. He has over five years of experience in the utility industry ranging from designing new high voltage (69kV - 500kV) transmission lines to assessing and rehabilitating existing structures that were built in the early 1900s. He has also acted as the concrete subject matter expert for the Structural Steel Services group developing concrete mix designs, standards, and best practices. He is currently involved in furthering the development of the Resiliency program via standard implementation and development of analysis tools.