WPSAT - Wood pole selection and analysis tool
Powertech’s Wood Pole Selection and Analysis Tool allows direct determination of a pole class in a quick and scientific way to meet a specified structural design requirement stipulated by CAN/CSA C22.3 No.1, NESC C2 or a utility’s in-house design standards.
It also serves as a useful maintenance tool to determine the percentage of strength usage of an existing wood pole. After entering the pole size, loads and other relevant information, users can determine:
- If a pole meets the current design standards
- if a pole with external and internal rot is serviceable and
- If there is any room for new applications to be added such as communications cables.
A user-friendly approach is used to walk a user through the steps to complete the pole class selection and analysis process. The required input parameters are kept as simple as possible. All the design parameters such as grade of construction, load factors, loading zones, types of conductors, conductor size, wood species, etc., are built into the tool so that a user can specify design requirements by checking from drop down boxes. The tool also allows a user to enter custom design parameters. Two unit systems, Imperial and SI, can be used alone or at the same time during the process.
Click the screenshot below to see a video demonstration of the software in action:
- Wood pole class selection for a new construction
- Determination of allowable loads to be added to an existing pole
- Serviceability assessment of an existing pole due to aging and deterioration
- Applies to guyed (dead-end and angle) and unguyed (tangent) poles
- Considers P-Delta effect (non-linear approach as per CSA C22.3)
- Checks both groundline bending strength and stability
- Provides minimum required pole class alone with key calculation results and percentage of strength usage
- Provides percentage of strength usage for an existing pole given pole size or class and loads
- Allows input of custom design requirements
- Covers pole with internal or/and external rot