Now that we have modelled an existing network we can go ahead and model changes and extensions.
Power Lines Pro makes modelling changes to the network simple and effective with our Utilization view. The utilization view calculates the utilization of a pole or conductor and represents it as a percentage of its total strength. We use this so that we can understand the impact of adding additional attachments onto poles.
To turn utilization on:
- Select View
- Select Utilization in the Colouring dropdown
All your poles and conductors will now be represented by a heat map. The heatmap indicates whether the pole is approaching the breaking moment of the pole. If the pole is red or purple it is at risk or breaking. Poles that are overutilized (100%+) will have a figure appear above in red.
Adding a new Line
To create a new line:
- Select conductor tool
- Specify the conductor, pole and construction to use in the properties tab
- Click on an existing pole to tee off from or click on an existing conductor to continue the circuit
- Left-click to place new poles done and right-click to end placement
We can now see that by extending our network the pole is over-utilized. This means we either need to change the pole type or add a stay to the pole. In this instance I will add a stay/guy wire. To add a stay:
- Select Pole
- Select structure in the properties tab
- Select add opposing stay
- Select the stay and add a bollard pole if necessary
- Select the stay and change the cable type, specify an offset etc.
- Select the bollard pole and specify a pole type
The end pole seems to have increased load too at 192% utilization so we will add an inline stay to this pole too. Note that when we add an opposing stay it automatically places it in the best angle possible.
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