2006 Attachment, Street Light, and Traffic Signal Inventory
Developed an inspection database using Microsoft Access with MicroStation as a graphical user interface. The goal of this project was to efficiently and accurately inventory all street light poles, traffic signals and communication attachments on OPPD distribution poles in OPPD’s thirteen county district. Utilizing a Tablet PC, teams navigated the district using land base maps provided by OPPD in MicroStation DGN format. A custom application allowed teams to select poles on the screen and enter in all information on the pole. The application then stored the pole information into an Access database. Each team’s database was synchronized daily with the master database using a secure wireless connection. Pole attachment and street light data was exported as text files for import into OPPD’s GEMMS Database. A report, created in Access, summarized all traffic signal data and displayed digital photographs of each signal.
Tubular Steel Pole Inspection Procedure, Omaha, NE
Development of this inspection procedure document addressed inspection personnel qualifications, materials, fabrication, and inspections/reporting.
Arbor Rail Line Inspection Automation Tool – Development & Implementation
Developed an inspection database using Microsoft Access with the goal of increased inspection efficiency, better management of field data entry and control of data presented in reports. The database is loaded onto a Toughbook computer fitted with a stylus pen and protective case that serves as a tablet pc for use in the field. Project photos are uploaded on site directly into the data base. Reports are created with the use of a Report Generator within the Access database. The report generator allows the user to view, print or create pdf’s of individual bridges and customize which reports to include by simply checking the appropriate boxes. The report generator functions similar to Adobe Reader by allowing the user to navigate to individual bridges using ahead and back buttons. The database tool provides on-site data validation through the automatic generation of pdf’s to view results at the completion of each bridge inspection to look for missing data, review photos, etc.
Arbor Rail Line Bridge Inspection, Nebraska City, NE
Provided professional engineering services for the inspection of 60 steel, concrete, and timber structures on the Omaha Public Power District’s Arbor Rail Line. The work included field inspection, project administration, and report preparation. Purpose of this annual project is to assess structure condition and provide support for rail line operation and maintenance planning.
Substation Noise Wall, Omaha, NE
Interpreted noise study results to determine layout and height of noise walls at the substations located at 168th and Pacific Street. Designed wall and foundations elements and developed construction documents. Coordinated between the client and precaster to select panel architectural finishes.
Distribution Pole Life Extension
Developed an inspection database using Microsoft Access with the goal of prioritizing the replacement of wood distribution poles deemed inadequate by other selection criteria. The application allowed field crews to efficiently collect data on the remaining pole section as well as an inventory of all cables and actual spans attached to the pole. The application then analyzed the pole to determine if the remaining cross section of the pole at the ground line was adequate to support the attached cables during extreme weather conditions as required by the National Electrical Safety Code. Reports were created summarizing the analysis in percent of available capacity of each pole.
North Omaha Chimney Demolition, Omaha, NE
Review of demolition plan and structural analysis of existing concrete chimney to determine if an opening could be cut to allow a front end loader to enter the structure for debris removal.
Test Section of 345 KV Line
Utilized PLS-CADD programs to determine ability to duplicate OPPD structure spotting results.
Qwest – Distribution Pole Application Support
Collect field data and perform analysis to determine in place distribution line stringing information and NESC compliance. Complete application and submit to power company for evaluation of co-locating communication and power distribution conductors. Over 50,000 cable footage investigated.