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The Prevalence (and Danger) of Delayed Pole Transfers

 

In January of 2016, there were more than 36,000 double poles in the state of Maryland alone. That was according to a report on utility pole attachments published by the Public Service Commission of Maryland. The report resulted from a workgroup...

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Ashley Little
. 04.25.2017

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The Battle Against Double Wood and Aging Pole Transfers

One of the most prevalent issues facing utility pole owners is aging pole transfers, but they don’t have to be a constant struggle.

Timely pole transfers rely on clear communications and good relationships between the pole owner and the...

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Ashley Little
. 04.18.2017

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The 4 Types of Utility Pole Transfers

There are many reasons that cause double wood, which is the existence of two poles where only one should be.

Regardless of the cause, double wood represents potential hazards or violations, and a hassle for utility pole owners and municipalities...

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Ashley Little
. 03.14.2017

Topics: Pole Transfers

Do the Math: Compounding Poles Equals Compounding Fines

Call it double wood, double utility poles, or just a double headache for your joint use department, neglecting to remove an old pole when a new one has been installed right next door—or in the attacher's case, transfer off of a pole in a timely...

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Ashley Little
. 07.12.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Pole Transfers

The New Way Double Wood is Becoming a Double Headache

Double wood has long been an unsightly issue for municipalities. Double poles look messy and degrade the look of city streets that residents would rather see clean and orderly. They are unsightly, impede views, clutter landscapes, and can...

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Ashley Little
. 05.3.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

How is Double Wood a Double Headache? Let Us Count the Ways

While many unexpected issues can be discovered during utility pole inspections, among the most common is double wood. For whatever reason—incompleted pole transfers, where you have two poles where there should only be one, is not a problem you...

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Ashley Little
. 03.22.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

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

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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Ashley Little
. 06.16.2015

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

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

The Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List, #1 – Aging Pole Transfers

While there are dozens of issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the second in a series detailing...

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Ashley Little
. 10.21.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The pole has to go: Utility Pole Transfer Designations

Picture this: Two poles stand where only one should be. You may call it “double wood," but utility pole owners and municipalities alike call it a danger and a hassle. It even has the potential to be an Ordinance violation.

The removal of double...

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Ashley Little
. 10.16.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

A Double Wood Double Feature: What does Your Company Do?

Double wood is an issue we have tackled before. A couple of times, in fact. Double poles, often the result of transfer backlogs, can lead to bigger problems, so we would like to revisit.

Double wood or poles can cause a number of problems and...

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Ashley Little
. 08.11.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Delayed Pole Transfer and Injury: A Serious Problem

According to a study conducted in New York State, among 1,134 non-standard conditions discovered during 2,023 utility pole inspections, a full five percent of poles in violation were in the midst of an uncompleted transfer.[1] We have already...

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Ashley Little
. 06.5.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Get off that Pole: 3 Keys to Getting Attachers to Transfer

The utility pole to utility pole attachment transfer process generally goes something like this: A utility pole is damaged, by any number of forces. Dry rot may have impaired its structure. A woodpecker may have made it her home. A car might have...

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Ashley Little
. 05.22.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Pitfalls of Joint Use Utility Pole Management: Project Notification

As a utility pole owner, one of the challenges you regularly face is coordinating pole transfers. The pole owner must coordinate with each attacher on the pole being replaced to ensure they remove equipment from the old pole and transfer it to...

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Ashley Little
. 03.11.2014

Topics: Pole Transfers

Pole Transfer or Double Pole Backlogs? What You Need to Know Now

Managing joint use utility poles is no easy task – just ask a joint use administrator. There are so many details to track, from pole attachment details to NESC or rot/strength inspection data, contract information, attachment permits to...

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Ashley Little
. 01.30.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Potential Pitfalls of Managing Joint Use Utility Pole Transfers

Utility pole transfers occur for a number of reasons. A pole can be damaged in a storm or a vehicular accident can occur which necessitates a new pole to be put in its place. A pole can be discovered to have rot or decay due to age and need to...

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Ashley Little
. 01.25.2014

Topics: Pole Transfers

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 01.14.2014

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

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