What is a pole mapping for upgrade (PMU)?
A PMU is a focused, snapshot in time mapping of only the areas of a pole (foundation, base plate, anchor rods, shaft) that require upgrade per the provided structural analysis (SA). Goal is to identify open areas for reinforcement and obstructions such as handhole frames, antenna mounts, and existing upgrade members.
What is a toe crack?
A toe crack is a crack observed at the weld toe. At the base plate weld in pole structures typically observed at the upper weld toe in the thin pole shaft material.
Does RTS work with the major tower owners and carriers?
Yes, RTS performs work for a wide variety of customers including most of the major tower owners and carriers, contractors, school districts, property managers and public and private electric utilities.
If problems are found do my sports or parking lot lighting
poles need to be replaced?
Only as a last resort and a clear threat to public safety exists.
In most instances RTS can design and execute field repairs
and modifications that will allow your poles to remain
vertical and in service with little or no disruption to
I have a project that I'd like a quote on - what's
the next step?
To receive a custom quote and scope of work, please
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us at (570) 359-3293 - one of our staff
will get back to you immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
What states does RTS operate in?
RTS operates in all 50 states and other areas as may be requested by our clients. Our inspection and field services teams are self contained, mobile and can generally deploy to site to accommodate even the most demanding schedules.
What is nondestructive testing (NDT)?
NDT is the act of determining the suitability of a material or a component for its intended purpose using techniques that do not affect the components ability to be placed or remain in service.
What does the term CWI mean?
A CWI is a certified weld inspector. A CWI inspection consists of a thorough inspection of the welding process including adherence to governing code, verification of base material and welding electrodes, verification of documentation including qualification records and welding procedure specifications, welding performance qualification records, welder continuity, electrode storage, surface preparation, preheat confirmation, interpass temperature verification, and adherence to project drawings regarding weld size, location, and length. Goal is to identify any abnormalities in the weld joints to AWS D1.1 Table 6.1 criteria; cracks, weld/base-metal fusion, crater cross section, weld profile, undersized welds, undercut, porosity.
Are RTS' field personnel accredited?
Yes, all of RTS's field personnel are certified by the appropriate agencies (ASNT, AWS, etc) and fully insured. Copies of certifications and insurance are available for review by clients upon request.
Do I need to have my fields closed to perform a sports lighting inspection?
No, your fields can stay open and normal activities can continue. RTS' inspection teams are very non-intrusive and used to working in environments where students, faculty and visitors may be present.