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How to Streamline Joint Use Utility Pole Transfers

When a utility pole needs to be replaced, the pole owner will schedule the required equipment transfers. Many utility poles are joint use assets, where several different companies typically have attached equipment on the same pole. This means...

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Ashley Little
. 03.21.2017

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

An Introduction to Utility Pole Joint Use

What is Joint Use, and How Does It Work?

Imagine a street lined with several sets of utility poles running up both sides, each owned by different companies. One set is owned by an electric utility, another set of poles is owned by a...

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Ashley Little
. 03.9.2017

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Highlight on IoT: What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Fixed Asset Management? (Part 1 of 3)

If you haven't yet been captivated by the complex and exciting potential of “The Internet of Things,” I imagine you soon will. At its most basic level, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability for any devices to be connected to the...

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Ashley Little
. 11.1.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

From Collisions to Crossing Hazards: How Double Wood Can be Doubly Dangerous to the Public

2016 may be the year of the double utility pole.

Consult your favorite search engine's news section and you will find an increasing number of stories about everyone's (least) favorite double wood situation. Cities are now openly "tired of double...

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Ashley Little
. 07.6.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

3 Personality Types You Should Look for in a Managed Services Provider

 

In our everyday lives, as well as in business, the quality of our partnerships often hinges on the personalities involved. People are characters and certain job tasks require particular aptitudes and attitudes. In your best friends, you seek...

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Ashley Little
. 04.12.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Three Things Presidential Campaigns Can Teach Us About Joint Use

With election season in full swing and the appointment of the next leader of the United States a mere six months away, our nation’s attention is tuned to television and social media, dissecting the views and every move of the field of hopefuls....

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Ashley Little
. 02.16.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

3 Habits of Highly Organized Joint Use Professionals

We are now a month into 2016, and while a lot of resolutions have been made, we know that it is difficult to keep them as the year goes on. January is the proving ground for turning great end-of-year ideas into year-long habits, but if you have...

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Ashley Little
. 02.2.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

What Does the Future of Joint Use Look Like?

"Utility poles are like snowflakes: no two are alike." – Barry Wise, Alden Project Manager

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Ashley Little
. 01.26.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

How Could Economic Recovery Affect Your Business as Usual?

It has been a banner couple of years for the construction industry. According to the American Institute of Architects, nationally, housing starts passed a million units in 2014 – the first time they have been at that rate since before the bubble...

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Ashley Little
. 01.5.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Field Inspection Benefits: Catching Top Violations

Regular, thorough field inspections are the best path to complete visibility of the current status and condition of your plant. From pinpointing pole location, verifying asset health and identifying potential unauthorized (bootleg) attachers,...

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Ashley Little
. 12.8.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

A Joint Use Inquiry: To In-House or Outsource?

As business-critical decisions go, when the work gets heavy and resources get thin, this question is often heard: Should we use in-house staff or outsource?

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Ashley Little
. 12.1.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

When "Business as Usual" is Anything but: Coping with the Everyday & the Unforeseen

Large-scale growth. A boom in the housing market that requires many poles be erected or cable laid. Disaster. Weather. That day when all the utility poles in the field seem to age into maintenance issues at once.

There are a lot of unexpected...

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Ashley Little
. 11.10.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

The Resource Contention Conundrum: Productivity Hacks for Joint Use

In the world of joint use management, there is always another task on your to-do list. If it is not requests to attach, it is requests to disconnect. If poles do not need maintenance, they need replacement.As you may guess, each of these actions...

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Ashley Little
. 11.3.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

A Joint Use Recipe: Backlog Buffet

As fall’s crisp days begin in most places in the U.S. and the celebratory among us start thinking about overstuffed birds, starchy vegetables, and miles of sweet treats, we have been thinking of a joint use recipe that is very popular year round:

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Ashley Little
. 10.27.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

How Do Bad Backlogs Happen to Good Companies?

Backlogs – a buildup of overdue and incomplete joint use and other work requests – come in all varieties, from pole transfer backlogs to pileups of permits to attach, from unremedied NESC violations to mountains of detach notices. Think this...

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Ashley Little
. 10.20.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Bad Poles Part II: How to Avoid Owning Them

As we previously discussed, it is possible for a company to assume ownership of "bad" utility poles. These "bad" assets are poles that have been decommissioned but are still standing alongside their replacements. This generally happens as a...

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Ashley Little
. 10.13.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

What Happens When the Contractual Agreement for Pole Transfer Completion Expires? 

Pole transfer requests are business as usual for attachers and utility pole owners. A pole is damaged, ages beyond its usefulness or is upgraded from wood to another material. Pole owners move their equipment to a new pole and request attachers...

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Ashley Little
. 09.29.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

4 Crucial Things to Assess to Gain Control Over Utility Pole Transfer Requests

Pole transfers are an unavoidable part of the joint use universe. This business-as-usual task requires resource allocation, time, thought and consistent record-keeping to keep track of what has been requested, how much time has elapsed, what...

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Ashley Little
. 09.22.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

3 Reasons Your Utility Pole Transfer Requests Are Overdue

Utility poles are hardly immortal. They age beyond useful life. They rot and are damaged by elements, human activity and nature. Pole owners decide to replace them with structures made of new and different materials, such as swapping a wooden...

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Ashley Little
. 09.15.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Wrapping up NESC Encyclopedia: G for Greater Than, H for Head to Next Pole

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspection is a vital part of successful field asset verification. So what really happens out there during assessment of equipment? In this issue, we finish out the chain of inspection events,...

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Ashley Little
. 07.14.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

F is for Forty Inches: Ensuring Safe Workspaces Via Utility Pole Inspection

From first observation to final inspection, utility pole inspection is a vital part of successful field management. So what really happens out there during an equipment assessment? In this post, we talk about line inspections, referencing F, for...

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Ashley Little
. 06.23.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

D is for Define: Knowing Your Assets in Utility Pole Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, inventories are a vital part of successful field asset management. So what really happens out there during an equipment assessment? Today, we take a look at another step in the process: Defining Asset...

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Ashley Little
. 06.9.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

C is for Capture: Asset Verification in the Field

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 take a look at the third step: Efficiently capture...

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Ashley Little
. 06.2.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

B is for Behold: Getting a Closer Look During Utility Pole Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspections are a vital part of successful field asset management. So what really happens during inspection? Today, we take a look at the second step: Behold Up Close.

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Ashley Little
. 05.19.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

A is for Audit: The First Stop in Field Asset Management

From first sight to final inspection a thorough utility pole inventory and inspection is a vital part of successful field asset management. But what actually happens during a utility pole inspection? Today we will discuss the first crucial step: ...

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Ashley Little
. 05.12.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Utility Pole Inspection

Field Asset Management: An Encyclopedia of NESC Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, a thorough utility pole inventory and inspection is a vital part of successful field asset management. But what goes into a typical NESC inspection of poles in the field? Today, with the help of Alden’s...

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Ashley Little
. 04.14.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

The Human Element of Asset Management: Technician Accountability

Perhaps the trickiest and most difficult aspect of asset management is bringing order to the human aspect of technician accountability.

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Ashley Little
. 03.3.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

Basic Asset Management: How Keeping Track of Your Business Assets Saves Money

A few months back, major media outlets ran a story on the U.S. Government and the loss of millions of dollars of ammunition in Afghanistan.[1] Before your mind goes to all things political on this topic, it is interesting to note that the story...

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Ashley Little
. 02.25.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

Spotlight on Joint Use: The Oregon Joint Use Association

In  the Pacific Northwest, something interesting is happening in the world of joint use—collaboration, organization and connection that is finding its way across the country with happy copycat behavior state to state. At the center of it all is a...

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Ashley Little
. 01.13.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Why Use Third-Party Administration? Reason 2: Flexibility

At Alden, we declared November to be “Forget doing it yourself and get help!” month with a series of blogs dedicated to why using third-party administration (TPA) to solve some of your joint use issues might be a good idea. What is third-party...

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Ashley Little
. 11.13.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Why Use Third-Party Administration? Reason 1: Backlogs

At Alden, we are declaring November “Forget doing it yourself and get help!” month with a series of blogs dedicated to why using third-party administration (TPA) to solve some of your joint use issues might be a good idea. What is third-party...

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Ashley Little
. 11.11.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

RFID: Pros & Cons in Asset Management

RFID (radio-frequency identification) is wireless, non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data,[1] and it may be the most useful technology many people may not be aware of.

The first patent for RFID, as it is...

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Ashley Little
. 07.25.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

Benefits of Joint Use Departments: Part Two

We have already discussed the benefits of having a joint use department, but what if your business is too small to truly support a full “department” dedicated to joint use? Outsourcing joint use management to a third party administrator (TPA) may...

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Ashley Little
. 07.10.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

DAS: The Next Great Attachment Race

DAS is a hot button topic for some utility pole owners, and a growing issue in the world of joint use. Short for “distributed antenna system”, DAS is a network of antenna nodes often attached to utility poles to provide wireless service to a...

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Ashley Little
. 07.1.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use Departments: The Benefits

Navigating the connections, communications, contracts and other complexities that come with joint use asset management may be one of the most intense aspects of owning utility poles and vaults. From enforcing contract details and communication...

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Ashley Little
. 06.24.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use Communication: Getting the Right Data to the Right Department Right on Time

Joint use does not exist in a vacuum—there are many other departments and divisions within a typical pole-owning utility or municipality’s operations that rely on accurate, timely information regarding the placement and management of attachments...

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Ashley Little
. 06.18.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Eight Rules for Successful Software Implementation

After all the homework is done, after you have researched, specified and purchased a joint use management software solution, what’s next? Implementation. It is a scary word: the culmination of all your company’s hard work to make sure you are...

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Daryl Hardy
. 05.28.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Goodbye to Spreadsheets, Hello to the Future of Joint Use Management.

The common spreadsheet… for many, it seems the perfect solution for tracking utility pole assets. According to research conducted by Financial Director Magazine, 62% of businesses of responders are currently using spreadsheets as the primary...

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Ashley Little
. 05.14.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

7 Things Joint Use Managers May Be Overlooking

When it comes to joint use management, there is a lot to know. From regulatory differences state to state, to the subtleties of contract management, to simply having a good working knowledge of your attachers and their businesses, the management...

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Ashley Little
. 05.8.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Girding the Grid: Vandalism, Safety and Security

You may not have heard much about it, but in April of 2013, someone slipped into an underground vault near a busy freeway in California and cut a few telephone cables. Half an hour later, snipers began firing on a nearby electrical substation, ...

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Ashley Little
. 04.15.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

What Lies Beneath: Safety, Security and Underground Vaults

A sniper opened fire on a California substation on a dark night in April of 2013, however, the story began sometime earlier in an underground vault, where telephone lines were cut hours before the substation was fired upon. While grid security in...

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Ashley Little
. 04.11.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Joint Use Asset Management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Safety Counts: In the Office and on the Lines

From Smokey the Bear to OSHA to your own mother, “safety first” is a message we have heard over and over again in our personal and professional lives. In addition, safety, as it pertains to power poles, is a huge deal—health, livelihoods and...

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Ashley Little
. 04.8.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use Management: What’s your Process?

Pencil and paper? Excel spreadsheets? Straight from memory? How do you do joint use management?

What is your process for managing your joint use assets?

Do you have a documented process?

Whether you are responsible for 10 utility poles or...

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Ashley Little
. 04.4.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Asset Management Software for Joint Use, Utility, Telecommunications, & Municipalities: Build vs. Buy

Any kind of joint use management, whether it is in utilities, telecommunications, or municipalities, can be a difficult task. You must keep careful track of the use of assets and inventory by a diverse group of companies, and stay abreast of...

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Ashley Little
. 01.28.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Solving the Double Pole Problem

Utility poles, much like the trees they are made from, are subject to rot and decay. Even with preservative treatments that are used to protect them against environmental factors, the life a pole ranges from only 25-50 years (depending on its...

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Ashley Little
. 01.14.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Notes from the Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee Summer Educational Conference

Alden Systems attended the Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee Summer Educational Conference at the Marco Island Hilton, August 6th - 8th. 

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Scott Anderson
. 08.15.2013

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

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10 Critical Reasons to Conduct Utility Pole Inspections