College of the Extended University

Pole Loading with SPIDA®calc

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SPIDA®calc is an industry-wide approved and accepted pole loading software application used by many entities (i.e. Cities, Contractors, Utility Companies, Engineers and Planners) to analyze the effects of wind on wooden and light weight steel utility poles.   In this course you will learn the basic skills to review utility-owned pole data, compare field-collected worksheet data against pictures to ensure accuracy of field conditions, enter worksheet data into the software application to analyze poles under different wind conditions, and remediate poles if the pole is found to be unsafe.

UPC 110 is an elective for the Utility Planner Certificate Program.  It can also be a stand-alone class for people who want to learn SPIDA®calc software.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will have the basic skills necessary to:

  1. Review Utility-owned pole data that has been pre-collected and documented on worksheets. (10% of exam)
  2. Compare field-collected worksheet data against pictures to ensure accuracy of the field conditions. (10% of exam)
  3. Enter worksheet data into SPIDA®calc to analyze poles under different wind conditions in order to obtain a Safety Factor for the As-Is conditions. (40% of exam)
  4. How to remediate poles (i.e., create As-Design options) when a pole is found to be less than the minimum acceptable safety factors. (40% of exam)

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A certificate of completion will be awarded to all those who successfully complete the class.

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  1. Review Utility-owned pole data that has been pre-collected and documented on worksheets. (10% of exam)
  2. Compare field-collected worksheet data against pictures to ensure accuracy of the field conditions. (10% of exam)
  3. Enter worksheet data into SPIDA®calc to analyze poles under different wind conditions in order to obtain a Safety Factor for the As-Is conditions. (40% of exam)
  4. How to remediate poles (i.e., create As-Design options) when a pole is found to be less than the minimum acceptable safety factors. (40% of exam)

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Stephen Kerman

Stephen Kerman has been a SPIDA and Pole Loading subject matter expert and trainer for the past 7 years and has over 19 years working in many Planning-related positions. He’s been a planner, training specialist, technical specialist, and supervisor and also holds an MBA with a concentration in information systems.

Darin Grossich

Darin Grossich has five years of experience in developing pole loading policy and supporting pole loading and SPIDA users. He has over 12 years of experience in utility planning and utility planning support as well as 13 years in the electrical industry. He has been a journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, planner, planning support project manager, and design/pole loading advisor. Darin earned an Associate of Arts degree from Long Beach City College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri.

 

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Fall 2019

UPC 110: Pole Loading with SPIDAcalc 
Register Course Code Session Dates Hours Fees Instructor
UPC 110 (FA19-1) October 26 - December 7 24 $1195 Various

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This course is sponsored by SPIDA Software

About SPIDA Software:

Serving the electric and telecommunication industries since 2007, SPIDA Software’s cost-effective Structure Management System is a unique platform developed to create a digital twin of utility overhead systems and a centralized portal for the coordination of activities including joint use and engineering. The platform includes SPIDA®calc, the industry’s leading structural analysis software, and SPIDAstudio, the first-ever scalable, on-demand platform for the oversight of activity, analysis, and management of asset structural health. SPIDA Software’s solutions are developed and supported by a knowledgeable, passionate staff with extensive industry experience.

For additional information if needed:
https://www.spidasoftware.com/solutions/calc