WHAT DATA DOES THE POLUX 5 and the PICUS COLLECT?
While the POLUX 5 collects the data regarding internal moisture and force resistance, the handheld-installed PICUS software allows for the ready input of any additional information through the use of pre-installed dropdown menus. Information regarding the wood species, age and class of the pole, and any preservatives present are required inputs. However, because it makes the most sense for your data analysis to gather as much information as possible during one trip to each pole, the PICUS software is easily customizable to also add in any other observable information such as conductors, transformers, grounds, devices, meter numbers, RUS construction, GPS location…The PICUS software can be customized to include any field collection data you require.
WHAT CAN WE DO WITH ALL OF THIS DATA?
The short answer is that you can make more informed decisions regarding every facet of your pole inventory, from maintenance to replacement to purchasing. With the ability to see the data in both spreadsheet form and as a color-coded visual representation in Google Earth, you can easily spot areas requiring immediate attention and spot decay trends in remaining pole life to help you plan for your needs next year and in the years to come. Pole data is generally colored by percentage of remaining life, with red poles at 50% or less, orange poles at 51%-60%, yellow poles at 61% -70%, and green poles at 71% to 100%