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How is LIDAR Data Impacting Utility Data Collection?

For years, utility companies have counted on a combination of experienced personnel, hot stick measurements, and digital cameras to collect data on their poles and other assets. But accelerated demands for jointly used real estate, as well as...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.22.2019

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Data Collection: The Past and Future of Inventory

For utility companies, accurate data is essential to effective asset management. Power providers need up-to-date data to ensure their plant is free of violations, double poles, hazards, and trespass. Trusted methods have been used to collect...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.8.2019

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

The Nation’s Fastest-Growing Joint Use Event: We Want You to Join Us!

At Alden, we understand that joint use professionals work better when everyone works together. Since 1995, we have centered our software and services around this concept. Our newest initiative to help professionals collaborate is our...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.24.2019

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use 101 for Utility Poles and Other Assets

By the middle of the 20th century, many Americans likely felt they had reached the pinnacle of high-tech living. In electric-powered homes equipped with telephones, radios, and TV sets, they were connected to the world in ways unlike any...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.10.2019

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

FCC Small Cell Overview: Resources and Guide

 

By now, many consumers of wireless services are aware that 5G is on its way. In a few U.S. cities, the newest generation of wireless broadband either has arrived or will arrive shortly, with a nationwide rollout to follow. 5G offers the...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.27.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Preparing Your Staff for FCC Small Cell Regulations

If you have been reading our latest blog series on small cell attachments and the FCC’s Third Report and Order, then you know that the small cell revolution is on its way. In fact, for some companies the revolution is already here. Deployment is...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.13.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

What the FCC’s Small Cell Ruling Means for Telecoms and Broadband

 

When the FCC issued its Third Report and Order on small cell attachments last September, wireless telecommunications companies were given more opportunity to deploy their services.

The FCC’s intent, as explained in a report that accompanied the...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.30.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

What the FCC’s Small Cell Ruling Means for Municipalities

The new restrictions, requirements, and obligations in the FCC’s Third Order and Report on small cell wireless deployment represent a major change for many municipalities nationwide. The order limits the fees cities are allowed to charge wireless...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.16.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Playing by the FCC Small Cell Rules: Fees and Restrictions

 

The FCC’s Third Report and Order on small cell wireless deployment was issued in September 2018. The goal of the Order is to remove any blocks that prevent the rollout of 5G.

A major obstacle the FCC identified is the cost of deployment. The...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.2.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Playing by the FCC Small Cell Rules: Timelines

The FCC’s Small Cell Third Report and Order, is all about speed. The Third Report and Order regulates deployment of small cell wireless facilities and the purpose of the FCC rules is to install small cell infrastructure quickly across the nation....

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 06.18.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

The FCC Small Cell Order: Everything You Need to Know (Part 2)

The September 2018 Third Report and Order was designed to speed up deployment of small cell wireless infrastructure across the nation, and the FCC delivered their list of regulations.

Many governments and joint use parties are preparing for the...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.28.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

The FCC Small Cell Order: Everything You Need to Know (Part 1)

The race to roll out 5G wireless broadband service is under way in the United States.

In September 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an order that sets requirements for joint use parties who work with the infrastructure...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.14.2019

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Rapid Technological Changes and the Joint Use Industry

This year, progressive technology is generating massive changes for the United States. We find ourselves in the middle of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, where self-driving cars, automated homes, and robotics are becoming a reality.

The Fourth...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 03.26.2019

Topics: Joint Use - OSP & Distribution

The Latest with One Touch Make Ready: Updates and Resources

Several companies are re-evaluating their processes and molding their day-to-day to business to align with the new FCC order. If you haven’t yet read the official document released by the FCC, you can find it here: ...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 02.26.2019

Topics: Joint Use - OSP & Distribution

Digging into the FCC's Third Report and Order & One Touch Make Ready

Professionals in the joint use industry are preparing for compliance under the FCC’s Third Report and Order. The FCC’s policy features a new pole attachment process with specific timelines that pole owners, existing attachers, and new attachers...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.29.2019

Topics: Broadband Deployment

What You Need to Know About OTMR

If you have been following industry news or reading our blogs, you may know by now that the Federal Communications Commission has passed a Report and Order called One Touch Make Ready (OTMR). OTMR is a set of guidelines designed to speed up...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 12.4.2018

Topics: Joint Use - OSP & Distribution

One Touch Make Ready Tip Sheet: 5 Ways to Get FCC Compliant

New OTMR guidelines range from shortened timetables to specific processes. The primary parties involved (asset owners, existing attachers, and new attachers) will likely experience changes in their everyday roles and responsibilities.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 11.27.2018

Topics: Joint Use - OSP & Distribution

A Few of our Favorite Things

We are thankful for the people that make our communities better. The quiet heroes of our society linger in unexpected places but share the same goals–to keep our nation informed, connected, and powered. For this Thanksgiving week, we compiled a...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 11.20.2018

FCC Compliance and One Touch Make Ready

The Federal Communications Commission’s One Touch Make Ready order (OTMR), issued in August of 2018, spells out the rules, requirements, and deadlines that the joint use community must begin following no later than February 2019.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 11.13.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

Preparing Your Staff: One Touch Make Ready and Broadband Deployment

The FCC’s One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) order has placed the joint use community and its personnel in a new and uncharted landscape for broadband deployment.

It has the potential to change roles within businesses and the joint use community...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 11.6.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

The Promises of One Touch Make Ready (OTMR)

If you’ve been reading our latest blog series, you know that the FCC issued a Report and Order in August for the new policy One Touch Make Ready.

Similar to the “Dig Once” policy for overhead attachments, the OTMR order seeks to streamline make...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.30.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Broadband Deployment

Getting Started with OTMR: Make Ready Work

Across the United States, the joint use community is busy transitioning to the new rules and timetables established by the FCC in the August 2018 One Touch Make Ready order.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.23.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Broadband Deployment

Challenges with FCC Internet Regulation and One Touch Make Ready

The FCC’s One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) order, issued in early August, involves big changes for everyone in the joint use community: asset owners, existing attachers, new attachers, and contractors. No later than February 2019, companies must begin...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.16.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

Are You Ready for One Touch Make Ready?

The stage has been set for major advances in technology, and that means big changes for the joint use community.

In August, the Federal Communications Commission issued the One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) order, a set of rules designed to speed up...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.9.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

How Dark Fiber Impacts the Telecom & Power Industry

Installing fiber optic cable can be an expensive and lengthy process. Often, it requires an extended period of right-of-way negotiations and acquisitions before a company starts to dig. Plus, there’s a costly and disruptive construction process...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 10.2.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

The Impact of Fiber Optic Internet & Small Cell on Joint Use

There are big changes on the horizon for joint use professionals. With the race to attach and deploy services, the next few years will be a busy time for joint use professionals.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.25.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

3 Challenges of Fiber Deployment and How to Improve the Process

Consumers are eagerly awaiting the next step in broadband technology: 5G. With an explosion of small cell and fiber deployment, internet is the fastest it’s been to date. Users can download and stream data better than ever before. We’ve been...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.18.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

What is Fiber Optic Cable? 7 Things Joint Use Should Know

Fiber optic broadband is sweeping the nation. Fiber's advantages over copper include faster speeds, durability, and efficiency. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are going the extra mile and converting their extended networks to fiber, as more...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.11.2018

Topics: Broadband Deployment

Small Cell Technology: Today’s Top Joint Use Challenge

Endless demand for wireless data and recent advances in technology is setting the stage for the future: the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). These developments depend on the infrastructure and support of the next...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.4.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Labor Day Isn't a Holiday for All Workers

The first Monday in September is dedicated to celebrating the American worker. Labor Day supports the goals of our Founding Fathers—to live in prosperity and economic accomplishment.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.28.2018

Small Cell Backhaul Requirements for Telecommunications

Businesses are in a rush to get small cell wireless attachments deployed. Competitors are entering the field and practically racing to the utility poles and other infrastructure anticipating the rollout of next generation wireless technology. ...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.21.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

6 Ways Small Cell Will Impact the Future

Several years ago, buzz began about the incoming mass deployment of small cell attachments.

Until 2017, deployment has been lagging. So far in 2018, it appears that deployment will continue to move into high gear.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.14.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

5 Ways Small Cell Wireless is Changing Connectivity

For wireless consumers, small cell wireless promises ultra-fast connections, stronger signals, and exciting new technology and services. However, for asset owners and joint use professionals, managing the deployment of small cell equipment can...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.7.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Small Cell Towers and the FCC

The joint use industry is responding to the explosion of small cell growth, but without the structure of formal guidelines from either the industry or the federal government.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.31.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

What DAS and Small Cell Attachers Want to Know About Your Assets

We interviewed Dianne Costello, Product Manager of Managed Services and Client Training, at Alden. We asked what small cell attachers should know about utility poles, street lights, traffic lights, and other assets.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.24.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

4 Ways to Streamline Joint Use Processes for Small Cell Deployment

One of our clients recently mentioned that within just a few weeks, their joint use department went from having five small cell attachment requests to thirty. This rapid increase in attachment permits is coming for everyone. One way that...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.17.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

How Power Utilities are Managing the Explosion of Small Cell Installations

Small cell is bringing big changes to joint use departments of electric utilities, telecommunications and broadband providers. These companies are facing an exploding interest from wireless carriers to attach small cell equipment to their...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.10.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

3 Cities to Explore on Independence Day

Independence Day is characterized by fireworks, barbecues, and quality time with friends or family. It is a day to reflect on our country’s heritage—and the freedom that America gained by signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776....

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 07.3.2018

Small Cell Architecture 101

Utility poles offer the necessary power and connectivity that is vital for small cell deployment. Providers will likely continue to increase permitting requests for small cell attachments, and pole owners may struggle to handle the number of...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 06.26.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

The Future of Small Cell Sites for Telecoms

In the next few years, communications companies will deploy thousands of antenna systems to fuel next-generation 5G. The 5G broadband system will support connections for artificial intelligence.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 06.19.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

DAS vs. Small Cell: 7 Ways They are Different

Cell phone signals have become much more reliable in the last few years. Making calls from your office, home, or school typically presents few problems. However, try to upload a video or stream music while out and about, and your mobile...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 06.12.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

What are Small Cell Attachments? Introduction for Joint Use Owners

Nationwide, utilities and other asset owners are seeing an influx of inquiries and permitting applications for small cell. Today, there are nearly 2.8 million small cell units deployed globally. By 2025, that number is predicted to reach 70.2...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 06.5.2018

Topics: Small Cell Technology

Cybersecurity Series: Joint Use Infrastructure Best Practices (Part 5/5)

With numerous cybersecurity threats discussed in the four previous posts, it is no wonder some leaders in the joint use space are questioning centralized, online systems.

Keeping up with evolving cyber threats is a struggle, but it is possible to...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.29.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Cybersecurity Series: CATV and Broadband Providers (Part 4/5)

In the early days of cable service, providers encountered attackers who tried to steal service, customer data, and video content. As service offerings expanded to include broadband Internet, attacks have grown to be even more extensive, more...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.22.2018

Topics: Telecommunications Asset Management

Cybersecurity Series: What are Communications Companies Facing? (Part 3/5)

Communications companies possess extensive consumer data, including financial and behavioral information. Customers subscribe to services that range from home and mobile phone service, cable, Internet, and more.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.15.2018

Topics: Telecommunications Asset Management

Cybersecurity Series: What are Power Companies Facing? (Part 2/5)

The U.S. electric grid consists of more than 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations, 160,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and millions of miles of lower-voltage distribution lines. The system is interconnected with a series of...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.8.2018

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Cybersecurity Series: Managing Risks in Critical Infrastructure (Part 1/5)

As the joint use industry inches closer to a technology-based future, cybersecurity is an everyday concern. In the last few years, there have been incredible innovations in technology: the Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine communications,...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 05.1.2018

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

The Rise of Distributed Antenna Systems: The Impact on Joint Use Assets

Distributed antenna systems (DAS) were the original small cells. First used more than 30 years ago, DAS began as a solution to provide wireless coverage in areas where there was none. Today’s DAS networks help fill in holes where wireless...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 04.24.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Small Cell Technology

Small Cell Attachments Pave the Way for 5G Wireless

The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in a new era of connected homes, smart appliances,  and other developments beyond our imagination. Technology companies and government organizations are working to enable the necessary infrastructure for...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 04.17.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Small Cell Technology

The Difference in Power Space and Communication Space in the Race to Attach

New players in the joint use arena are racing to deploy services. Utility poles once stood tall under the weight of power and telephone lines alone, but today’s joint use infrastructure now must also support dozens of competing broadband...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 04.10.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Top Joint Use Violations Under the NESC Guidelines

What Pole Owners & Attachers Need to Know 
In 2015, we published an in-depth blog series about the top ten violations in the joint use world. We want to take a fresh look at that list and talk about what has changed and what remains the same.
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 04.3.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Patching Legacy Joint Use Applications: Three Concerns

Many joint use asset owners and attachers/renters use homegrown, legacy applications to manage their assets. Some use Excel spreadsheets, or use a combination of applications such as Sharepoint, Maximo, and others. As needs change, systems must...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 03.27.2018

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Utility Pole Violations (Part 3): Environmental Conditions

In our 3-part blog series, we are inspecting common pole conditions that can be costly for asset owners, as well as attachers.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 02.27.2018

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

Utility Pole Violations (Part 2): Damage on the Pole

In our 3-part blog series, we are investigating common pole conditions that interrupt service deployment and increase asset owners’ risk.  In part 1, we looked at dangerous conditions on utility poles.

This article will look at the multitude of...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 02.20.2018

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

Utility Pole Violations (Part 1): Dangerous Conditions

In this 3-part blog series, we are addressing common pole conditions that halt service deployment and can be costly to asset owners. It is our experience that asset owners often do not know the current statue or condition of all assets in the...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 02.6.2018

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

Conduit Asset Management (Part 4): Safety and Access in Vaults

In our four-part educational series, we have explored three important issues that manhole and handhole owners are currently facing: trespass, damage, and violations. All three can work against each other, creating inaccessible vaults and...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.30.2018

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Conduit Asset Management (Part 3): Violations in Manholes and Handholes

In this four-part series, we are uncovering manhole and handhole conditions. In our experience, asset owners are often surprised at the amount of damage, trespass, and violations found in underground spaces without regular inventories. The first...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.23.2018

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Conduit Asset Management (Part 2): Structural Damage in Manholes

Successful joint use management of underground infrastructure begins with knowing which assets are in underground spaces and tracing actions to each one.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.16.2018

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Conduit Asset Management (Part 1): Trespass in Manholes and Handholes

Successful business decisions for asset owners and occupants of underground infrastructure begins with knowing which assets are underground and tracking activities of each.

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.9.2018

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Getting Ahead in 2018: Keeping Our Resolutions (Part 3 of 3)

Our first article, “Getting Ahead in 2018: Pole Inspections (Part 1 of 3)” looked at the proactive strengths of resolutions to start and maintain regular pole audits. Our second post, “Getting Ahead in 2018: Inspections (Part 2 of 3),”...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 01.2.2018

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Getting Ahead in 2018: Conduit Inspections (Part 2 of 3)

In this post, we suggest ways to get ahead in 2018 by reviewing vital tools for strengthening joint use operations and management. The first article in this series, “Getting Ahead in 2018: Pole Inspections (Part 1 of 3)” discusses utility pole...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 12.19.2017

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Getting Ahead in 2018: Pole Inspections (Part 1 of 3)

Over the next three articles, we will discuss the tools needed to strengthen joint use partnerships. We will focus on the ways that inspections and inventories, paired with a centralized asset management system, are critical to managing an...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 12.12.2017

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

4 Ways We Appreciate the Electric Utility & Communication Industries

This week, we wanted to reflect on our gratitude. We work together daily with incredible people who provide us with electricity, entertainment, and the ability to communicate and connect with our world. In honor of these hard-working companies...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 11.21.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure (Part 5): 5 Inventory Necessities

To close our underground series, we look at the crucial principles of an underground inventory. Underground inspections are necessary for asset owners, who must know the current conditions of their facilities. Although underground systems can...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.26.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure (Part 4): Underground Neglect

Alden’s Underground Conduit Infrastructure series has investigated the reality of underground facilities: what they are and what happens when no one is looking. Damage, violations, and trespass cause harm to these essential structures. This...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.19.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure (Part 3): Violations & Safety

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey gushed into the streets of Houston and surrounding areas. It flooded businesses, homes, and schools. But it didn’t stop there. Water leaked from the streets  into the manholes and handholes of underground...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.12.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure (Part 2): Sneaking Around Underground

Foreign to our everyday lives above ground, the underground world can be quite mysterious. What lies beneath is unknown and unfamiliar. Twenty-first century urban explorers have begun to uncover findings of underground communities, secret maps,...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.5.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure (Part 1): Looking Under the Surface

The future of communications is rapidly progressing. With high-speed broadband becoming a basic requirement in daily life, extensive changes are being made to regulations and federal deployment plans. Initiatives such as the Connect America Fund...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.29.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Consumers are Changing the Utility Industry

From utility pole placement requests to calling for faster Internet speeds, consumers are a powerful influence in driving growth within the utility and communications industries. As consumers’ needs expand and change, these industries must...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 03.28.2017

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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