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Storm Season Is Here - Learn the Role of Structural Resiliency in System Resiliency

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The ability to withstand a low probability, high impact event, and recover to normal operations quickly has utilities re-thinking how they invest in their infrastructure. Learn the role of structural resiliency in overall system resiliency.

Jul 7, 2021

12:00 PM EDT


The term resiliency has garnered a lot of attention in the utility industry in recent years. Both electric and telecommunication utility companies have moved resiliency to the forefront of many of their key initiatives. The ability to withstand a low probability, high impact event (weather, fire, seismic, or cyber-attack), and recover quickly from that event to normal operations has utilities re-thinking how they invest in their infrastructure. To improve a system’s resiliency, there are many factors that need to be considered. One of the most important, but often overlooked, factors is the resiliency of the structures that hold up these critical electric and telecommunication connections.

This webinar will cover the role that structural resiliency plays in the overall system resiliency of our electric and telecommunication grid through the following topics:

  • Overview of aspects to system resiliency
  • The impact of poor structural resiliency on overall system resiliency
  • Methods to identify weak structural resiliency in your system
  • Methods to improve structural resiliency

About the Presenters

Chad NewtonChad Newton 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, a member of ASC O5 which provides standards and dimensions for wood poles, and a member of AWPA. 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.


Nelson Bingel has over 30 years of industry experience focused around structural aspects of overhead lines. He received a BSME degree from Purdue University and has worked on research and development of improved structure inspection processes and restoration systems along with software for field strength and loading evaluation. Nelson was Chairman of the Strength and Loading Subcommittee of the NESC for the last two code cycles and has been Chairman of the full NESC Committee since 2016. Nelson is also Chairman of the Accredited Standards Committee O5 which develops standards for new wood poles and crossarms.