FDH Velocitel’s Jeff Clymer, P.E., and Rakesh Khan, P.E., are presenting “Nondestructive Testing for Aging Utility Infrastructure” at the IEEE PES General Meeting, July 16-20, 2017, in Chicago. Clymer and Khan will review industry challenges associated with aging structures and discuss FDHV’s proprietary solutions for evaluating foundations and restoring at-risk towers to safe capacity levels. Clymer is Vice President of T&D Services. Khan is Director of Engineering, Heavy Civil Division. For more information on FDHV’s nondestructive solutions for aging transmission structures, visit FDHV’s T&D Services website.
Noel Garcia, vice president of engineering and field operations for SiteSafe (a business of FDH Velocitel), is an invited panel speaker at the NEDAS Spring Summit in New York City on April 20. Garcia will discuss “Designing for Small Cell and DAS: The Criticality of EME Consideration.” Garcia brings to SiteSafe more than 25 years of industry experience and is responsible for the delivery of RF compliance engineering and Small Cell and DAS RF engineering services.
For more than 20 years, SiteSafe has provided premier RF regulatory, health and safety compliance solutions to the wireless industry. SiteSafe combines its deep understanding of government regulations, RF emissions expertise, and proprietary software to meet RF compliance needs so that its customers can focus on their core competencies.
NEDAS (Northeast DAS and Small Cell Association) fosters communications and connectivity solutions within the DAS and Small Cell industry ecosystem through collaborative programs and events. The NEDAS Spring Summit brings together more than 400 industry professionals to explore cutting-edge solutions to coverage issues in buildings, arenas, metro areas, and rural environments.
Volume 2 of the #ClimberConnection series was recently launched by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) with a new safety video on the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard.
NATE ramped up the production quality of the already solid video series, which now features host Ryan Van Duzer, a travel journalist often seen on the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and National Geographic.
The new video, A10.48: Know It, Live It, discusses how the A10.48 standard, which has unprecedented engineering support, affects tower processes and procedures, with a special focus on gin poles and rigging plans.
Former NATE chairman and FDH Velocitel regulatory compliance advisor Don Doty refers to the new standard as “one of the most significant developments to have occurred in my 43 years working in the industry.” The A10.48 standard, titled Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures, establishes criteria for safe work practices and training for personnel performing work on communication structures.
For more information on the new standard, visit the NATE website.
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) recently announced the companies formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative for the 2016-2017 program year. FDH Velocitel is among the 100+ member companies representing the industry gold standard for safety and quality. FDHV has participated in the program each year since 2011.
“Companies involved in the STAR Initiative program have demonstrated that they are the cream of the crop, and this year’s participants certainly live up to the high standards NATE has established through this program,” said NATE Resource Specialist Nikki Gronau.
Eligibility for membership in the STAR Initiative requires companies to agree to (1) requisite levels of training, (2) implementation of a robust Safety & Health program, (3) the presence of a Competent Person on site at all times, and (4) the conduct and submission of quarterly site safety audits, among other requirements.
For more information on the STAR Initiative and participating companies, visit NATE’s website.
A short history of NATE and the STAR Initiative, featuring FDHV regulatory compliance advisor Don Doty, is also available on video.
FDH Velocitel’s Heavy Civil (HVC) Group, led by Robert Lindyberg, PhD, PE, was recently awarded four task orders for the testing and evaluation of dams managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Issued by the Corps’ Louisville, Huntington and Pittsburgh districts, the task orders specify the nondestructive testing and evaluation of 912 trunnion rods at Newburg Lock and Dam (Newburgh, IN), 832 trunnion rods at Greenup Locks and Dam (Greenup, KY), 432 trunnion rods at Willow Island Locks and Dam (Newport, OH), and 184 trunnion rods at Charleroi Locks and Dam (Charleroi, PA).
An additional task order is pending for testing of 1,300 trunnion rods at Cannelton Locks and Dam (Cannelton, IN).
“The award of these projects marks a major step forward in the commercialization of FDH Velocitel’s proprietary nondestructive testing services for dams, both for the Corps and those who look to them for guidance,” said Rakesh Khan, PE, engineering manager for FDHV’s investigative services projects for dams and other civil infrastructure.
The five task orders total approximately $1.8 million. FDHV’s engineering and construction crews will be mobilizing over the next six months to complete the work.
FDHV’s Brennon Fuqua, EI, PMP, who manages the on-site mobilization efforts, noted that the six-month timeframe is challenging but important to accomplish before the high-water season begins on the Ohio River.
“We have an experienced and well-trained crew,” said Fuqua. “We are confident we can meet the project schedule and provide timely data to the Corps districts to support their decision making about the maintenance needs of the dams they manage.”
About FDH Velocitel’s Nondestructive Testing Services for Dams
Since 2008 FDH Velocitel has been developing and refining an innovative nondestructive evaluation (NDE) test to safely and efficiently measure in-situ tension in post-tensioned trunnion anchor rods. The traditional test method – hydraulic lift-off testing – is costly, inefficient, and poses significant safety hazards to personnel and the work site.
Working with the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), FDH Velocitel is completing a full-scale validation of this NDE test method on eight (8) USACE dams, which will be followed by “blind” testing at ERDC’s laboratory in Vicksburg, MS. Once complete, this validation program will enable USACE and other dam owners to utilize this NDE test service, without the need for the costly and dangerous hydraulic lift-off tests.
To date, results of the validation program have shown that with a speed more than 10x the traditional hydraulic lift-off test, and minimal equipment and personnel requirements, the FDH Velocitel NDE test can be performed at a fraction of the cost of conventional hydraulic lift-off testing, reducing testing costs by up to 90 percent.
In anticipation of the demand for this service, USACE issued an Engineering Construction Bulletin (USACE ECB No. 2015-20) in December 2015 notifying all USACE Districts of the pending availability of this service. On May 23, 2016, USACE awarded FDH Velocitel a 5-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to perform this testing in the continental U.S.