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Our next webinar is being held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm EST / 11:30 am to 1:00 pm PST.
The topic this time is Cause, Effect and Prevention of Pole Buckling.
This webinar covers an overview of the primary causes and effects of pole buckling including the application of joint use
communication facilities, insufficient pole class and short guy leads. The methods to design a wood pole distribution
structure to prevent pole buckling will be discussed. The calculations and variables involved to perform a structural analysis
will be presented. The variables necessary to perform the structural analysis will be defined, and students will learn how
to determine the appropriate values for those variables.
Who Should Attend:
• Staking technicians
• Power line workers
For more information and details on the Webinar topic, please refer to the following links. (Please feel free to share the links too.)
NAWPC Pole Buckling Webinar
Webinar Details: Pole Buckling
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Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar
FREE Design SEMINAR ~
A big thank you to all those who attended our Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar in Denver, Colorado on September 24 – 26, 2013. Stay tuned for the dates and location of our 2014 Seminar!
Wood Pole Standards Course
Focusing on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 05 standards for wood poles and crossarms, and the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards for preservative treatment of wood products, the two-day course covers the national standards that govern the manufacture and use of treated-wood utility poles and crossarms. The instructor is Martin Rollins, President of H.M. Rollins Company, Inc. Students completing the course will earn 14 Professional Development Hours. Stay tuned for the dates and location of our 2014 Course!
One of the necessary requirements for a quick storm response is having the poles and cross arms available when restoration crews are ready for them. Click on the link to read how the wood pole and cross arm manufacturers responded to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction: Wood Pole Industry Response to Hurricane Sandy.
"Protecting Wood Utility Poles From Wildfire": Vice President -Products, Osmose Utilities Services Inc. - Utility Products Magazine, March 2013.
Conclusions and Summary Report on an Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Utility Poles -
Prepared by: AquAeTer, Inc. (3/12/12)
HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICY BILLS SKYROCKET - USA Today (December 2011)
End-of-Life Management of Preserved Wood-The Case For Reuse For Energy: AquAeter - Chris Bolin and
Stephen Smith, November 2010