While O-Calc Pro provides a number of non-wood poles as part of our available catalogs, it may be necessary to create custom poles from scratch. O-Calc is capable of modeling metal, concrete and composite poles. Unlike wood poles, non-wood pole properties are specified by the manufacturer of the pole and it is necessary to obtain ..
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One of the central concepts in O-Calc Pro is the use of the catalog. The catalog stores assemblies, stores objects, stores the components that you uses to build up your pole model and perform your analysis. While O-Calc Pro offers numerous catalogs for download, it may not be convenient to have all of these catalogs ..
The Master Catalog of O-Calc Pro contains all of the components that may be used to generate a model, or a .pplx file. Each of these items has many properties associated with it, which can be found and edited in the Data Entry Panel. While most of these attributes adjust some aspect of how an ..
Oftentimes when modelling a pole in O-Calc Pro from field notes, a User may encounter the need to model a span that is not attached at the pole, but rather attached to a span. This is usually seen in service drops for Secondary or Communications spans. Essentially, a segment of the conduit acts as a ..
A pole top extension is designed to extend the height of the pole, generally through the use of a crossarm or additional attachment. This attachment elevates a span or piece of equipment above the existing height of the pole. Since this is a fairly common practice, a user can model a pole top extension in ..
An essential aspect of performing pole loading in O-Calc Pro is ensuring that the finished product is correct – this process is often referred to as QA/QC, or Quality Assurance and Quality Control. The aim of this article is to address common items that should be checked when performing QA/QC Assessments. While this is not ..
The O-Calc Pro Master Catalog features an extensive list of components that can be included in a pole model. Of those components, the loadcase component acts as the driving force behind the calculations that are performed. The ‘Load Cases’ folder contains the safety requirements for the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), General Order 95 (GO95), ..
The DMT Process refers to the use of the Digital Measurement Technology in O-Calc Pro. This technology typically requires a photograph of a pole be taken with a CVT, or Calibrated Visual Target, attached to the pole. This CVT is used in O-Calc to obtain height measurements for various attachments. With the release of O-Calc ..
O-Calc Pro contains many features designed to enhance the accuracy of a pole model. In some cases, accurately modeling all available parameters of a pole can indicate that a pole does not comply with pole loading code requirements so its allowable capacity utilization exceeds 100%. When a pole’s groundline capacity utilization exceeds 100%, the pole ..
The O-Calc Pro Master Catalog contains many items that can be modeled on a utility pole. However, not all items found in the field can be found in the catalog. For this reason, O-Calc Pro has the ability to model items as generic equipment using a blend of shapes with different attributes. One common piece ..