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Wood Poles Advantages and Alternative Materials
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Engineering and Design Information

Wood Pole Specification Tools

Excel

ANSI Dimensions for Wood Poles (ZIP file) - Excel spreadsheet that calculates the minimum circumference of a wood pole 6 ft. from the butt, based on selection of species, class and length. Requires Excel 2007 or higher.

Excel

Wood Pole Weight Estimator (ZIP file) - Excel spreadsheet that calculates range of pole weights for shipping based on selection of species, class and length. Includes estimators for single poles and multiple pole selections. Requires Excel 2007 or higher.

NAWPC Technical Bulletins

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Performance of Distribution Utility Poles in Wildland Fire Areas - (7/14) 

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The Hardening of Utility Lines - Implications for Utility Pole Design and Use (12/07)

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Wood Pole 2005: Design Considerations, Service Benefits and Economic Reward (3/05)

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Estimated Service Life of Wood Poles (12/08)

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"Wood Equivalent" Poles and the 2002 National Electrical Safety Code (6/03)

Pole Design Standards

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IEEE/National Electric Safety Code - Website

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RUS Pole Design guide information - Website

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ANSI O5 - Website

Wood Pole Specifications

Nelson Bingel, chairman of the ANSI O5 Committee and chair of the Fiber Stress Subcommittee, discusses the important changes that were made to the standard in 2002.

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Wood Pole Specifications Update - (2002)

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ANSI - NESC Update - Review of wood pole strengths and related issues, presented at the AWPA Annual Meeting (2005)

Wood Pole Design, Performance

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Review of Wood Pole Strengths - Presentation by Martin Rollins for the Purchasing Management Association of Oklahoma Electric Cooperatives (6/23/04)

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Addressing Juvenile Wood Concerns - Review of concerns about juvenile wood in Southern Yellow Pine poles

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Timber Pile Design and Construction - Engineering information for wood poles used as pilings

Undergrounding Utility Systems

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Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency - by Richard J. Campbell, Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service (8/28/12)

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind Revisited - A 2009 update to the Out of Sight, Out of Mind study commissioned by Edison Electric Institute.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind - A study by Edison Electric Institute published in 2003 and updated in 2006 on the costs and benefits of undergrounding overhead power lines.

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Utility Infrastructures Upgrades and Storm Hardening Programs - A Texas Public Commission cost-benefit analysis of the deployment of utility upgrades and hardening efforts (3/4/09)

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Hurricane Ike and Ice - Kentucky Public Service Commission Report on wind and ice storms in 2008-09 (11/19/09)

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Residents Fight Undergrounding Plans - Article on Laguna, Calif., residents protesting a utility program to bury power line, Orange County Register (3/25/09)

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Americans Strike Underground Utilities Once a Minute - Common Ground Alliance report on how often homeowners damage utility lines by digging - website (3/5/2008)


Florida Utilities Research
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Undergrounding Assessment Phase 1 Final Report – Literature Review & Analysis (2/07)

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Undergrounding Assessment Phase 2 Report – Case Studies (8/07)

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Undergrounding Assessment Phase 3 Report – Ex Ante Cost and Benefit Modeling (May 2008)

Hardening of Utility Lines

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Hardening of Utility Lines: Implications for Utility Pole Design and Use - White paper by Martin Rollins, P.E., president, H.M. Rollins Company, Inc. (10/10/07)

Steel Pole Corrosion, Performance

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Steel Poles Recalled After Failures - The Consumer Product Safety Commission order for recalling and repairing Whitco steel stadium light poles due to collapses (7/6/10)

 

 

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