Are your Athletic Fields Safe?
We see athletic field lighting structures every day and take them for granted. They support the lights that illuminate our football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields. They help light tennis courts, parking lots, and sidewalks. They also make it possible to conduct sporting events after the sun has set, assuring that the athletes and spectators can see each other and the game, allowing for more exciting viewership. Not only do these lights make it possible to enjoy our favorite sports and pastimes, but they also assure safety for everyone with plenty of lighting on and off the field.
Unfortunately, athletic field lighting structures are constantly subjected to environmental conditions that can lead to structural degradation, ultimately making them unsafe for the nearby public.. They are constantly fighting weather, usage, time, and a myriad of other challenges. If these assets aren’t properly maintained, their useful life will be shortened dramatically, and worse yet, could create major safety hazards.
Here’s What Your Athletic Field Should Have
A Good Foundation
Assets that are properly built and installed in the beginning ensure safety and longevity over the intended lifespan of the structures. If you are planning to install and maintain new poles, a quality assurance plan is a must. Fabrication defects many times lead to structural failures. Time and again, when we are called to investigate these failures, we find that the root cause was a quality defect that should have been caught at the factory. There is a financial burden to consider as well. If you have to repair your light poles in the field, it can cost a considerable amount of money and a lot of time. The cost of quality always increases exponentially once a product has left the plant and is installed out in the field. And finally, when looking to purchase an asset, make sure your specification considers what material works best for your application, climate, and budget, and that you have a quality assurance plan in place.
The steel pole is a popular support structure for the sports lighting industry due to its strength, reliability, aesthetics and ease of installation. The industry has steel pole installations that have been in service upward of fifty years. Achieving that long lifespan, however, requires robust and proactive maintenance.
There are several benefits to proactive lighting maintenance, all of which are sure to increase your assets’ longevity and decrease its lifetime maintenance costs. Our certified technicians are able to diagnose any structural issues present and determine if repairs are appropriate, what they will cost, and how much more useful life an owner can expect from the repair. By using NDT inspection methodology we will identify defects hidden from visual inspection alone. NDT is essential to seeing the complete picture of what is ailing any structural asset, and is critical to optimizing any potential restoration that may be necessary for a steel light pole.
Ready to Work With Us?
Our team would love to talk to you, so we can learn about your lighting company’s goals and primary areas of concern. Contact us today, and we’ll help you take the first step in creating a comprehensive lighting asset management program. Give us a call at 281-259-7000.