Our core business is the collection of field data by trained and industry leading site inspectors. Working to client specifications, this would normally include:
- A visual inspection of poles and lines to identify defects and clearance issues
- A hammer, or purl test(or similar), to identify the presence of decay
- Excavation around the base of poles to ensure any decay, at or just below, ground level is detected
- Incremental core samples of decayed areas for further analysis and residual pole strength calculations
- Pole treatment
- Pole reinforcement kits
Reports and work schedules, including electronically annotated plans can be tailored to client needs and in most cases feed straight into client’s asset databases and records. (This is easily extended into a defect schedule which can be used for material ordering and costing).
One of UTEC’s biggest asset is our proven history to independently and accurately record and asses pole condition. We are often employed to re-inspect failed poles in greater detail. Our records show that by using our analysis software and techniques we can avoid the need to change 50% of previously designated decayed poles by either reclassifying them as sound or assessing the amount of decay as acceptable for at least 10 years further life with appropriate treatment. UTEC can provide and install pole decay treatment and sleeve reinforcement kits.