In this tutorial you will learn how to edit various properties of poles in your design. This tutorial assumes you have completed and understood Tutorial 1. If you have not, it is highly recommended you do so before starting this tutorial. At the end of this tutorial you will be able to:

  • change the type of a pole (eg: from AG 8/12.5 to AG 12/17)
  • change the location on the pole of its conductor attachment points
  • change the type of each attachment point (eg: from a clamp to a delta attachment)
  • change the sinking depth and height of a pole

Changing the Pole Type

Each pole has a particular type, which is taken from a Pole Library of manufactured standard poles. Each pole type specifies parameters like length, nominal breaking load, diameter, sustained tip load, etc. The Pole Library also has an import and export function for custom poles.

To change the type of a particular pole, follow the following steps:
  1. select the pole using the Move and Select Tool,
  2. observe that in the right side menu you can now see various properties of the pole,

  3. one of these properties is labelled Type, and next to it is the codename in blue (eg: AG 8/12.5),

  4. clicking on the blue type codename will bring up a popup with the Pole Type Library,

  5. here you can choose a new pole type for the selected pole by clicking on desired row, you can close the popup using the Close button in the bottom left, leaving the type unchanged.

  6. if you selected a new type, it will be applied straight away and the right hand side menu will reflect this change.

Pole Conductor Attachment Points

A pole will typically be supporting one or more conductors. To support a conductor, a pole has attachment points. An attachment point is a construction which is located at a particular height on a pole and can be of various types (eg: clamp, delta, crossarm suspension, etc). Modelling the conductor attachment points on a pole is important for calculating the correct ground clearance of conductor spans, and calculating the clearance between individual conductors and conductor wires. This section will explain how to position the attachment points on a pole, and how to change the type of a given attachment point.

First, make sure that your design contains a pole which has more than one conductor attached to it. Assuming you already have a conductor struct across several poles, you can do this by selecting the Conductor Tool and left-clicking on an existing pole. This will create a new conductor originating at that pole, Now left-click somewhere else on the ground. This will create a new conductor spanning between two poles, one of which has more than one conductor attached to it. Right-click to stop extending the conductor, and select the pole with more than one conductor attached to it, with the Move and Select Tool. Your should have something like this:

You should be able to see that the selected pole has two conductors attached to it, each at a different height. You can edit the attachment height of each of the conductors connected to the pole in the right side menu, in the Attach Points section. The section looks like this:

Change the values in the Height column for the desired conductor attachment. If you are unsure about the correspondence between conductor name (eg: "Conductor2") and the conductors in the Views, you can click the (go) button to select that conductor.

Attachment Point Type

In addition to changing the height of a particular attachment point, you can also change its type. When you have a pole selected, in the Attach Points section you should be able to see a button labelled Generic Clamp, located to the right of the (go) button, for each attachment point on the pole. Click on this button and you should see the attach point Constructions popup:

In this popup you can select which particular construction to use for the chosen attachment point, and additionally you can edit existing and create your own constructions. This tool is quite powerful, so we will discuss its capabilities in detail in a separate tutorial. For now, let us use one of the default existing constructions. In the top left corner of the popup you should see a table with rows such as Generic Clamp, Generic Crossarm, Generic Delta, etc. You can examine these constructions by left-clicking on the name, it should then appear in the popup's diagram view. To actually apply a given construction to the chosen attachment point, click the Use button for the particular construction. If you chose the Generic Crossarm for the construction, your pole should now look something like this:

Pole Sink Depth

For a given pole you can edit its sink depth (the length of pole below ground). This is done either by specifying the length of pole under the ground, or conversely by specifying the length of pole above ground (the total length of the pole is determined by its type). You can edit these parameters by selecting a pole, and changing the Sinking Depth or the 

Height above ground values in the right side menu. The relevant controls looks like this:

You will notice that when you edit the Sinking Depth, the Height above ground will also change. As mentioned before, this is because the total length of the pole is fixed, specified by the pole Type.

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