Feb 2020
Electricity Distribution
Smart Hammer
Feb 2020
Oct 2021
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution and Southern Electric Power Distribution
Joe McNeil
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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - Network improvements and system operability, ED - New technologies and commercial evolution, ED - Safety and health and environment
Asset Management, Commercial, Health and Safety and Maintenance & Inspection
The challenge when using a standard hammer to assess the pole condition is sound perception of an individual and associating it to the correct asset health score. A standard hammer is also unable to provide granular detail of a pole condition or automate the same data directly into an asset database. These sounds can be perceived differently depending on the operator, therefore providing inconsistent data.
By the end of the project

1.       To have established the technical and commercial viability of using a Smart Hammer with accurate and repeatable results.

2.       Conduct consistent and reliable initial wood pole inspections as an alternative to the traditional hammer test method.

3.       The ability to capture pole data and integrate with asset databases

4.       To have disseminated the learning from the project through annual or exceptional events for the benefit of GB customers.