Pole Loading 101: Understanding the Basics and Impact on Network Infrastructure Deployments


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Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM (CT)

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Historically, new infrastructure deployments are impeded by a limited understanding of the structural integrity of poles in an outside plant network. It is vital that all parties involved in the deployment of wireless and wireline infrastructure understand the basics of pole loading analysis, including why it is important, what factors have the greatest impact, and what solutions can be used to ensure timely customer access to new services. During this webinar, we will discuss the importance of performing pole loading analysis, as well as the various methods that can be used to determine a pole’s remaining capacity.

During this webinar, we will introduce the basics of pole loading analysis and provide an overview of the application of NESC, GO95, and CSA standards. We will also explore the impact and importance of pole loading in today’s broadband environment.


Presenter: Brett Willitt, President, SPIDA Software
Brett Willitt, President of SPIDA Software, has the odd passion for all things Pole Loading and Joint Use and has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunication and electric utility industries. Brett has worked on all sides of pole attachment issues in engineering and program management capacities, spending time with Verizon, several fiber startups, and Ohio Edison. Brett frequently consults on Joint Use and pole loading issues. Brett graduated from Clarkson University in Civil Engineering and lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife, Carrie, and three children.


Serving the telecommunication and electric industries since 2007, SPIDA Software’s cost-effective Structure Management System is a unique platform developed to create a digital twin of utility overhead systems and a centralized portal for the coordination of activities including joint use and engineering. The platform includes SPIDAcalc, the industry’s trusted structural analysis software, and SPIDAstudio, the first-ever scalable, on-demand platform for the oversight of activity, analysis, and management of asset structural health. SPIDA Software’s solutions are developed and supported by a knowledgeable, passionate staff with extensive industry experience.

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