Once thought to be permanent structures, free from maintenance and reliability concerns, steel towers and poles do indeed degrade over time as a result of corrosion and mechanical damage. The below-grade condition of steel structures and foundations represent significant safety, reliability and financial risks for electric utilities – but these risks have not yet received broad attention in the industry. A large percentage of the steel structures in service are more than 40 or 50 years old, the age at which the onset of corrosion is typically observed. While many electric utilities express concern with potential below-grade structure and foundation issues, relatively few are actively assessing and mitigating these risks to their systems.
This webinar will cover inspection and repair programs developed and implemented by Osmose to detect, repair and prevent corrosion on steel towers, poles, anchors and other steel structures. Osmose provides a wide variety of inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation services and products to electric and telecommunications utilities. By providing accurate inspections, effective mitigation methods, and structural repairs that can restore original strength, electric utilities can add many years of additional service to aging steel assets.
The webinar will be presented by three subject matter experts from Osmose. John Kile, General Manager for Steel Infrastructure Solutions, has more than 27 years of experience in construction, maintenance, storm restoration, and program development. John serves as Chair of IEEE WG12 and Co-Chair on the EEI Transmission Executive Committee. He is a NACE-Certified Coating Inspector, Level II and an ACI-Certified Concrete Field Testing Technician, Grade I as well as a member of ASTM and ASCE. Kevin Niles, Product Manager for Steel Structure Inspection, is a NACE Senior Corrosion Technologist with 25 years of experience inspecting, maintaining, and restoring both steel and wood utility structures. He is a member of ASTM, ASCE, SSPC, and an active committee member with both NACE and IEEE. Kevin recently became Vice-Chair on a joint NACE/IEEE task force dedicated to developing standards specific to self-weathering steel. Finally, Ben Butera, Vice President of Product Management and Deliver, has worked in the electric utility industry for 10 years with a focus on quantitative asset management, risk modeling and asset investment optimization. In his current role, he manages the company’s internal investment in structure-related technologies and services.