Pole Inspections with Resistograph Technology
TXUE uses the most modern, up to date, technology available. Testing with the Resistograph System is fast, accurate, reliable and the only method that is able to test poles encased in concrete.
Pole testing with the Resistograph System is revolutionizing the utility pole inspection industry. The Resistograph System uses a microbit to measure the resistance of the wood. It is used for detecting and measuring cracks, voids, cavities and decay inside a utility pole. The instrument is positioned at the poles base to measure wood decay at ground level and can measure the wood density below ground level without compromising the integrity of the pole. With the Resistograph System poles set in concrete and asphalt can be tested below ground without excavation. Density is measured at a scale of 1:1 and is stored in an electronic unit which is later downloaded with an integrated wireless Bluetooth adapter.
The Resistograph System provides an analysis of the current condition of the utility pole and allows one to evaluate the results of the inspection quickly and easily. With better information regarding the condition of poles, more educated decisions can be made regarding treatment and replacement options. With this technology, there is an opportunity for maintenance cost to be reduced by not replacing poles that still have useful life.
Click here to view the Resistograph Pole Inspection Video
Click here to view an article found in the June 2010 issue of Utility Products - Pole Inspections go Digital by Earle Jenkins
Click here to view Pole Inspection Best Practice Research
Sample of Pole with a 2.5" Void: