March 5, 2024

Paradigm Shift in Timber Pole Condition Assessment (Whitepaper)

Tony Ging, THOR PoletestTM Engineering Manager and Ian Flatley, Managing Director, Products have challenged the traditional methodologies used to assess the condition of timber poles across utility networks.

They claim estimating a Residual Strength Valve (RSV) is an antiquated methodology and no longer fit for purpose.  

RSV relies on subjective decision-making, questionable practices, is costly for utilities and ultimately provides inaccurate results which can compromise safety and add costs unnecessarily.

Technologies have advanced and there are now better options in place which give more robust results.  An acceleration of climate extremes adds urgency to utilities to update their practises.

This has implications for those responsible for managing the networks’ assets, health and safety and overall budget management, as well as for the field-testers themselves.

This paper highlights the issues and limitations of current methodologies and shows how new technologies, such as the THOR PoletestTM can help utility companies save money, manage risk and increase the resilience of their service.

Read the full whitepaper here

Paradigm Shift in Timber Pole Condition Assessment - Utilization of measurable health indices for objective asset management decisions

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