How do linemen deal with clearing wet-snow/ice on medium voltage power lines? I need real life stories
- Oct 9, 2019 1:00 pm GMT
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Snow is different according to the region. There is snow and then there is snow, wet-snow, dry snow, ice etc. New York Pennsylvania linemen must be dealing with it differently than Michigan linemen, or Alaksa people must have different stories than polar vortex survivors. I need to know so many things, like do they do anything before it covers the lines? Once it is on the powerlines and iced real quickly, how do they clean it? Robots? other means? sticks hitting the line? How about the people up in the mountains, at night, looking for snapped lines? How do they even know where the line snapped? Or what if the whole line is down? How do they get the poles back up? How do they work?
Purpose for Question:
I am working on an article on the invisible lives of linemen who are out there working on frozen power lines trying to get power to homes but never get acknowledged. It is always the company who gets the blessings, but the real people are the linemen. We are also developing a technology that is supposed to prevent ice on power lines. However, without talking to the linemen/people who suffer fro this pain, we cannot know if our technology will actually help them eventually. We are not selling anything because we are still at the very early stage. Plus, the technology we need to be developing will depend on the local circumstance. Therefore, we need to get close to people at utilities. I have been a faculty member, so I know nothing about the industry. That is why, I am working on this paper, where I can put all the stories together, and create a 'real life'-based story, where not the companies but the people are the main actors of the game.