Using Modern Technology to Make Your Steel Transmission Towers More Resilient

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST


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Our nation’s power grid continues to face extreme weather events, with aging steel infrastructure in corrosive environments. Modern technology such as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) powers the utility maintenance industry by providing superior methods for the structural assessment of the health and resiliency of transmission structures against today’s code requirements. LiDAR technology can be implemented in multiple strategic ways to reach different modeling goals and solutions. LiDAR scanning in combination with 3D modeling software can provide a comprehensive approach for predicting the resiliency of transmission structures against major wind events.

About the Presenter:

H. Houston Sheffield III - Lead Engineer, Steel Services

H. Houston Sheffield III, E.I.T, is a lead engineer with the steel services team at Osmose. Houston is originally from Tampa, FL, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil structural engineering from the University of Florida. He has been a part of the steel team at Osmose for over 3 years, assisting on inspection projects and specialized restorations. Today he focuses mainly on research and development efforts including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) testing for steel restorations, steel circuit health and resiliency records using SteelCalc, and structural analysis modeling methods for transmission structures. Houston plans on becoming a licensed professional engineer at the end of 2022.