Assessing your Lighting Pole Safety
Lighting poles are something we often take for granted, assuming they will provide the safety and security we need on roadways, parking lots, and athletic fields. But, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Light poles are subject to corrosion, wear and tear, poor welding, and more than the naked eye can detect.
Based on more than 200,000 Risk-Based Inspections (RBIs) and Structural Health Rating (SHR) evaluations, Exo has found that only 40% of the commercial lighting poles in the U.S.A. are in good condition or require little to no attention at the point of the pole inspection.
Since about 60% of commercial lighting poles aren’t considered safe for the public, it’s essential to implement a comprehensive structural asset management program to ensure light pole safety. This type of program is critical for ensuring structural integrity over the long run and encompasses on-the-field non-destructive inspection (NDT inspection) through advanced practices like drone inspection, as well as deep insights and analytics on your asset health through structural asset management software. Failing to implement light pole safety can result in property damage as well as injury or death to the public.
So, what does implementing proper light pole maintenance look like?
How Our Work Assesses Light Pole Safety
In addition to working with only the best NDT partners, using state-of-the-art equipment, and using the latest methods, we offer our Ex-Tend program for a more in-depth summary of the state of your assets.
How Ex-Tend Works
At Exo, we combine our RBI methodology with our experienced-based SHR program as part of what is known as our Ex-Tend full lifecycle approach to lighting asset management. Our approach is comprehensive, long-term, and data-driven, and it incorporates expert structural engineering knowledge of current and potential damage mechanisms (DMs).
With Ex-Tend, you can gain critical analytics from pole inspection data that can be used to make decisions about the future of your structures. We give you the information you need to take the right actions and protect your lighting poles.
Make Sure You Have a GIS
As part of your asset management program, we recommend incorporating a cloud-based geographic information system (GIS). This serves as the foundation for a “smart” visualization of where to focus your effort and budget.
With a GIS, you can access all pole inspection data from any internet-connected device and easily sort, filter, and prioritize the required actions. This tool is a significant value-add when it comes to ongoing structural maintenance.
Set Up Your Asset Management Program
A lighting asset management program can go a long way in helping you make “smart” decisions and preventing your lighting poles from increasing in liability and cost.
Exo is here to help you design a program that works best for your structures.
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.