Upgrading Wood Poles

Thousands of poles in service today, although adequate at the time of installation, can no longer safely carry the loads they are required to support.  The addition of new distribution lines, telecom equipment, and broadband infrastructure have increased loads beyond the capabilities originally intended, compromising the structural reliability, resilience, and safety of poles across America.

Osmose wood pole restoration also acts as a system hardening solution by improving an overhead circuit’s resistance to extreme weather events. Without the restored strength the truss provides to the weakened pole, the overall circuit is at greater risk of an outage during a significant weather event.

A utility’s grid resiliency is positively affected with a robust pole inspection and restoration program. Weakened poles discovered during inspection and rehabilitated with an Osmose C or C2-Truss will help minimize the number of wood poles needing attention, as utility crews work to restore power to the grid after a significant weather event.

The Osmo-ET-Truss® works in conjunction with sound wood poles to create a combined bending capacity greater than the original pole.

Upgrade Capacity with the ET-TrussTM

  • Upgrade pole bending capacity by an equivalent 1, 2, 3, or more classes
  • Save money – the cost of upgrading is often 1/3 or less than the cost of replacement
  • Avoid the extra effort and delays associated with coordinating change-outs
  • Upgrade an entire line without service interruption

Extensive testing has verified the theoretical expectations of the ET-Truss design and Mother Nature has been putting it to the test since the early 2000's.

Whether a pole owner is looking to correct overloaded poles or simply add bending capacity to improve structural resilience to extreme weather, the ET-Truss is a proven lower cost alternative to pole replacement.

Osmo-ET-Truss

 

To learn more, call your local Osmose professional.  Not sure who your local professional is?  Email poleinfo@osmose.com to find out.