There are more than 130 million poles in service in Canada and the United States. Maintaining these poles in satisfactory condition is essential for the delivery of reliable service to utility customers. The average cost of replacing an in-service pole is approximately $2500 – more than $300 billion to replace all the poles in North America.
Inconsistent and/or inadequate condition assessment of wood poles is a significant hurdle to the effective management of one of the largest assets utilities own and results in the unnecessary replacement of poles that should remain in service.
Even among contractors with trained and experienced staff, there are significant differences in approach, assessment methodology, and criteria. In addition to this, utility personnel responsible for preparing and supervising wood pole inspection contracts often lack knowledge of the work involved.
Utilities would greatly benefit from the establishment of standardized basic knowledge and skill requirements for pole inspection personnel. These could best be realized through a standard training program, that all participating utilities and companies might be able to implement internally, or outsource, complete with assessment criteria.
This training seminar will provide participants with the necessary foundationary knowledge to inspect and assess the condition of in-service poles.
This seminar was created following the publication of CEATI Report, initiated in 2003 by the CEATI Distribution Asset Life Cycle Management (DALCM) Interest Group, a consortium of electric distribution utilities from across North America.
|Wood as a Material For Poles
How and Why Do Wood Poles Deteriorate?
Protection of Wood by Preservative Treatments
|Inspection of In-Service Poles
Evaluating Serviceability and Criteria for Reinforcing or Replacing Poles
Discussion of Certification Program
Dr. Paul Cooper is Professor and Chair of Value Added Wood and Composite Products in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. in Wood Science (1991 – University of Toronto).