Joint Use

Joint-Use Audits

DRG’s joint-use audits include a field inventory of poles with communications, fiber, or other attachments to record the location and ownership of each pole. We work closely with utilities to ensure our data collection and project execution is in line with your joint-use program goals. We also communicate with attachers to negotiate contracts, manage attachment requests, audit payment records, coordinate right-of-way access, develop attachment databases and increase the overall efficiency of the joint-use management process.

Attachment Application & Make-Ready Engineering

Attachment Application & Make-Ready Engineering

DRG’s make-ready engineering services are customized to create a seamless process for both pole owners and attachers. We will review attachment applications to confirm that they meet the pole owner’s requirements, deploy professionals to complete field data collection, and manage the make-ready design and execution.

Our professionals make safety a top priority when evaluating poles for a new attachment. We provide detailed measurements of the pole and cable attachments in order to perform a structural load analysis to ensure a new attachment can be safely added to the pole. DRG is flexible when it comes to software solutions, so all the data we collect will be transferred to the work management system of your choice.

Doublewood

Doublewood Management

Two-pole conditions are both a safety hazard and threat to the integrity of attacher’s services. DRG takes a soup-to-nuts approach in managing our client’s doublewood maintenance programs.

Our team will evaluate your GIS data to determine how many two-poles conditions exist. We then assess the accuracy of the data by examining poles in the field. We work directly with attachers to complete transfers, remove poles, and bill all necessary parties. After the project is complete, DRG will update your GIS records to reflect what work has been done.

NESC Inspections

NESC Inspections

The National Electric Safety Code (NESC) outlines regulations for safely installing, operating and maintaining electrical poles and attachments. DRG’s knowledgeable professionals are up-to-date on regulations and will ensure your facilities adhere to NESC standards.

DRG administers NESC compliance inspections in conjunction with joint-use audits and other services. By examining ground wires, measuring clearance between attachments and electrical facilities, assessing the mid-span height of wires, and more, DRG can pinpoint hazardous areas. We collect reliable data to inform you of violations that need to be addressed and can perform repairs to eliminate minor infractions.

Storm Damage

Storm-Related Assessment Services

When a severe storm hits a utility’s service area, the process of restoring power can be challenging. With hundreds of line miles to be responsible for, figuring out where severe line and pole damage has occured can be a daunting task.

Our professionals are able to identify any distribution and transmission equipment issues that may arise after a storm. Once identified, DRG’s highly-trained crews are able to digitally or physically tag any damaged utility pole or downed line and can use mapping tools or GIS data to pinpoint its location, allowing for quicker repairs by the utility’s crews.

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