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Utilities and Wildfires: The Real Costs of Reactive Repairs (Part 2)

We began this topic by looking at the role utilities play in wildfires in the American West. While downed lines or other utility factors only cause a small fraction of wildfires, one fire is too many when the loss to property and life can be so...

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Ashley Little
. 10.10.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Power of Good Data

Why is it common for a provider to require several months (or more) to respond to a permit to attach request? Often, poor data is to blame. Owners may not be able to readily access the last time a safety inspection was performed, what condition...

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Ashley Little
. 08.22.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: Integrating with Current Enterprise Systems

Modern and Innovative: Shared Asset Management in One Centralized System

In an ideal world, every company involved in the joint sharing of field assets would be able to have a secure, expansive system that integrates all relevant data into one...

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Ashley Little
. 06.27.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Centralized Asset Database

Balancing Safety and Access On Poles and In Vaults

Better data management, consistency, and communication: three concepts to unite safety and access, multiplying productivity for all parties.

An intricate weaving of wires to the untrained eye, power lines, telephone lines, CATV lines, fiber, and...

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Ashley Little
. 06.13.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

Is Your Field Asset Data Secure?

Data security threats have become a primary focus for utility asset owners, as the risks from cyber threats grow in frequency and sophistication. A recent report published on the U.S. Department of Energy website states that:

There have been no...

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Ashley Little
. 05.30.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 3]: For Attachers

It’s been all over the news this past year: Google Fiber made plans to deploy broadband into several markets at a breakneck pace. Speed to market is critical and the behemoth company hit roadblocks. While we do not speak for Google, delays on new...

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Ashley Little
. 05.23.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: For Asset Owners

Sorting through paper records, emails, or asset records spread across several different spreadsheets or databases is no longer feasible for a best practice. Trying to keep track of maintenance needs, work requests (such as pole transfers), joint...

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Ashley Little
. 05.16.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 1]: For States and Organizations

 

People are using more and more data with their various devices. For state and local governments, getting broadband access for their citizens is an important card in the game. However, broadband deployment is being delayed in many areas, in part...

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Ashley Little
. 05.9.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Status of Asset Data Management Today

Today’s utility asset data is a vast world of information. Much of it is valuable; some of it is not. Asset owners hold data about many different asset types (utility poles, underground conduit in manholes or vaults, towers, cables, etc.), in...

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Ashley Little
. 05.2.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Big Questions in Infrastructure Asset Management: Why is Joint Use Important?

Utility poles and conduit vaults (the underground version of a wire-carrying 40-foot pole) are everywhere in our world—along highways, down neighborhood streets and under the surface of busy intersections. They carry power, communications and...

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Ashley Little
. 09.20.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Less Room on the Pole = No Room for Error

It is evident that everyday life has changed significantly over the past few decades. Twenty years ago, most people could not have imagined we would be carrying around palm-sized devices capable of streaming movies, playing the world’s catalog of...

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Ashley Little
. 09.13.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

"Return to Sender" and Other Surprising Joint Use Contract Woes

In the world of joint use, connection and collaboration between pole owners, conduit owners and attaching companies is key. It is inherent in the term: if cooperation was not necessary, it would be called "solitary use." The thing is, it is...

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Ashley Little
. 08.23.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management, Contract Management & Negotiations

3 Reasons a Joint Use Handshake Agreement is No Better Than a Pat on the Back

Flashback to the year 1991. George Bush Sr. held the presidency. The Bulls held court in the NBA. When it came to getting down to business, we came to our respective conference tables armed with paper, pens and handshakes. Online docu-sign...

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Ashley Little
. 08.9.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Your Double Poles Are Hiding Lost Revenue

We have drilled it into your head: double utility poles are a liability. They are a safety issue. They cost money. They drain your joint use department's resources. But what if we ended this series on double wood by telling you that they can also...

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Ashley Little
. 08.2.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Keeping Data Current

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 09.1.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Getting Results

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are you...

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Ashley Little
. 08.25.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Collecting Data

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.18.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Need Better Data?

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.11.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Field Asset Management: A Continuous Cycle

You buy a brand new utility pole (or many), plan the job and install the poles. These field assets have an estimated life that you can generally count on before they will need to be replaced. On this day, you know that the data about those poles...

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Ashley Little
. 08.4.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

E is for Equipment: Asset Verification for Effective Asset Management

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspections are a vital part of successful field asset verification. So what really happens out there during assessment of equipment? Today, we step back and consider a higher-level concern for...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 06.16.2015

Topics: Asset Data Management, Asset Inventory Management, Pole Transfers, Utility Pole Inspection

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