Best Practices for Wood Pole Strength and Loading

Live Streaming Online August 2, 2023

An EUCI Program

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If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


In the ever-changing world of electric utility and telecommunication companies, knowing the codes, regulations, and best practices, is vital to not only keeping the power on, but to ensure the safety of linemen and the public. With the advent of 5G and the rural broadband build out, telecommunication and wireless companies are eager to attach additional equipment to utility poles, thus making it more important than ever for electric utility and telecommunication companies to know and follow the codes of the National Electric Safety Code or California’s General Order 95.

In this course, pole strength capacities will be explained along with the following topics:

  • Loading criteria of the NESC and GO 95
  • Basic pole loading calculations
  • Variables that impact how a pole is
  • Managing wood pole data including strength and loading

Join the course and gain comprehensive knowledge on the National Electric Safety Code and California’s General Order 95, learn best practices for safety, and get hands-on experience with basic pole loading calculations.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain ANSI O5.1 wood pole manufacturing and dimension standards
  • In-depth review of NESC strength and loading criteria along with an overview of GO 95 criteria
  • Compare key NESC requirements to similar GO 95 requirements
  • Discuss best practices for managing wood poles and the tremendous amount of related data
  • Discuss best practices for adding attachments to existing poles



9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central

Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions

Wood Pole Management

  • Early electrical systems
  • Comparison of pole materials
  • Expectations for safety, reliability and resiliency
  • Effective asset management

Wood Pole Manufacturing and Strength

  • ANSI O5.1 – Dimensions and Specifications for Wood Pole manufacturing
  • AWPA – American Wood Protection Association standards for treating wood poles

Pole Loading Basics

  • Transverse, longitudinal and vertical Loading
  • Loading and strength formulas
  • Bending analysis
  • Buckling analysis
  • Linear and non-linear analysis
  • Deterministic and probabilistic
  • Load resistance factored design
  • Wire tensions
  • Grades of construction

NESC Loading & Strength Requirements


Wood Pole Decay & Strength loss

  • Bending vs. Buckling

Pole Loading and Pole Remediation Programs


Pole Loading Examples

  • Typical Assumptions
  • Tangent Pole Basics
  • Angle Pole Basics
  • Guying Basics
  • Calculations
  • Examples


Chad Newton Director – Product Management, Wood Infrastructure, Osmose

Chad Netwon is the Director of Product Management – Wood Infrastructure at Osmose. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is active in the IEEE PES Overhead Lines Subcommittee and serves as Vice-Chair for that committee’s Structural Materials and Hardware Working Group. In his current role, he oversees the design, development, and implementation of Osmose’s industry-leading wood pole inspection and restoration products and services, as well as provides support and guidance on products and services concerning strength and loading of wood poles.