Ausgrid - Reinforced Glass Fibre (Fibreglass) Light Poles
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Ausgrid recently undertook a project to install new fibreglass light poles which would last their budgeted 20 year cycle. In 2011 PILA group was sort out by Ausgrid (previously Energy Australia) to supply the utilities giant with fibreglass (GRP) light poles to trial in extremely harsh and abrasive conditions.
“Due to the extremely harsh salt-spray environment, the previously installed (galvanised steel) Public Lighting poles were deteriorating at too rapid a rate and Ausgrid were obtaining insufficient lifespan from these assets. As a result of this, it became necessary to investigate poles constructed of alternative materials” Anthony Rassias, Engineering Officer, Major Projects & Street Lighting, 2012.
Ausgrid required the poles to be highly durable and withstand the harsh seaside environment. For decade’s watercraft have been manufactured from glass reinforced fibre, proving fibreglass’ suitability to withstand these harsh conditions.
PILA’s project manager, George Worland stated “that PILA is committed to producing sustainable fibreglass poles and the benefits it provides to both the community and the environment”.
“The site also has large areas that are inaccessible to plant and utilities vehicles meaning the poles and luminaries needed to be manually handled”, Anthony Rassias. PILA group’s light weight fibreglass and hinged base designs are again the perfect solution to ensure there was no manual handling risk.
Ausgrid did consider other materials however these were considered not suitable for a number of reasons:
- Aluminium – light but highly corrosive.
- Stainless Steel – resistant to corrosion but has a high purchase cost and weight.
- Brass - resistant to corrosion but has a high purchase cost and weight.
- Wood – Resistant to corrosive environment but difficult to mount and to supply with electricity.
“Ausgrid found that fibreglass is resistant to the corrosive environment and is lighter than a steel pole of comparable strength” stated Anthony. The hollow shaft is also easily fit with electrical supply and fibreglass is an extremely low conductor of electricity.
PILA is able to provide custom sizes where appropriate to enable the smooth transition of products in an already established landscape.
For further information on PILA light poles or alternative sport and streetscape products please contact 1300 765 371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Report: Replacement of deteriorated Public Lighting Poles – Marine Parade, Lurline Bay. Anthony Rassias, Engineering Officer, Major Projects & Street Lighting - Ausgrid. Zetland Depot. 7th March, 2012.
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