The 2017 storm season produced 112 named or numbered storms. These best practices for ERS structures will ensure you are ready.
The hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 produced devastation in the names of Harvey, Irma and Maria. Hurricane Ophelia has set a record by hitting Ireland, the easternmost hurricane ever recorded. Yet the Atlantic hurricane season is but one globally. The 2017 hurricane and cyclone seasons produced 112 named or numbered storms around the world.
Investment in Emergency Restoration System (ERS) structures means a utility has recognized the risk of transmission tower failure or collapse exists in their system. But the root of this risk is usually as varied as a utility’s service territory. Besides hurricanes and cyclones, the major risks to utilities also include tornadoes, earthquakes, ice storms, straight-line winds (derechos or shamals), floods, erosion, volcanic eruptions, vandalism and terrorist attack.
For some utilities these events are commonplace. For others they rarely occur. In either case, there are best practices to maximize the benefit of your investment in ERS structures.
- Use them for routine projects: Use your ERS structures for routine projects like transmission structure maintenance, substation bypasses or construction, and reconductoring. Your crews will become familiar with the use and erection of ERS structures, a familiarity that will be appreciated in an emergency.
- Conduct regular training: Training sessions by experienced staff for those not as familiar with ERS is crucial. Lindsey also offers on-site training services if a more comprehensive refresher course is desired.
- Inventory your ERS components: Whether your ERS has been in storage for ten years, or was used last week, develop a procedure to periodically inventory all the parts of the system. Replenish consumables like anchors, replace worn items such as guy grips, perform maintenance on hydraulic power supplies or generators, and replace any items that may have been unintentionally damaged or have gone missing. Lindsey can send an ERS engineer to help you perform a proper inventory.
Your ERS structures may have been purchased for emergencies, but a lack of familiarity, training, or parts can slow down the process of restoring power. Following these three best practices ensures your personnel and your ERS structures are ready when you need them.