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Why Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer is a Must for Utility Poles

Discover the future of telecommunications infrastructure in our exclusive webinar led by Dustin Troutman from Creative Composites Group. Learn why Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite poles are revolutionizing the industry with their enhanced safety, resilience to extreme weather, and sustainability features, making them the top choice for utility projects.

July 17, 2024
11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT / 4:00 PM GMT 
Sponsor: Creative Composites Group
Duration: 1 hour
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Summary

Compared to telecommunications poles manufactured with traditional materials like wood, concrete and steel, structures designed with Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite materials provide numerous advantages for professionals in the telecommunications industry.  
 
These advantages include enhanced safety, lightweight properties, availability in various designs, adherence to industry standards, low maintenance and efficient production and installation processes. There are many valuable reasons why end users should strongly consider composites when selecting poles for telecommunications projects. These poles are engineered to withstand extreme weather, have high reliability and are ideal for storm-prone coastal regions and areas like the Midwest and Northeast exposed to deicing salts. 
 
Join this webinar for exclusive insights into the growing trend of the telecommunications industry adopting FRP composite solutions, with a special focus on pultruded FRP structures. Dustin Troutman, a senior leader and subject matter expert from Creative Composites Group, the nation’s largest vertically integrated manufacturer of structural FRP composites, will lead this webinar.  
 
Dustin will address fundamental questions, such as the unique manufacturing process of FRP composite poles and their diverse user network. Using case studies and success stories, he will also explore their distinct flame-retardant properties, showcasing how they enhance resilience, improve sustainability, and contribute to decarbonization efforts. Additionally, as a call to action, Dustin will present essential best practices for installing FRP composite poles and cover relevant codes and compliance guidelines. 
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the latest advancements in FRP composite technology and discover how they can meet your unique utility project requirements! 

Speakers

Dustin Troutman 
CSO, Product Development and Sales 
Creative Composites Group 


Dustin Troutman received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1993. Currently, he serves as CSO, Product Development and Sales for the Creative Composites Group headquartered in Alum Bank, PA.  
 
During his 28 years with CCG, Mr. Troutman has been instrumental in the market investigation and development of major pultrusion products and product lines associated with infrastructure applications. Examples include: FireStrong™ utility poles and StormStrong® FRP poles for telecommunications and T&D. He continues to be a key player in the development of codes and standards in support of the fiberglass reinforced polymer pultrusion industry. Mr. Troutman is a co-inventor, holding six patents related to pultruded systems.   
 
Mr. Troutman is a member of professional associations, including ASCE, ANSI and ASTM. He is a past president of the Pultrusion Industry Council and is currently the chair of the Utility and Communication Structures Committee. He is a member of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), charged with developing the ASCE/LRFD standard for pultruded structural profiles. 

Moderator: Joe Gillard
Executive Editor
ISE Magazine

Sponsored by:

The Creative Composites Group supplies innovative fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite products for major infrastructure markets. CCG has the design-build and structural fabrication expertise to provide engineered FRP systems and OEM solutions. The Group’s combined team of engineers and technicians have been developing lightweight, durable, cost-effective FRP products for structurally demanding applications and corrosive environments for more than 50 years. Many of these products have paved the way for first-time use of engineered FRP composites for demanding infrastructure markets including: utility & telecommunications, railbridges and waterfront applications because of FRP’s high-performance attributes.