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Preparing Jobs For Pole Loading Integration

Updated: Apr 4

When you've finished calling make ready for your job, you will want to prepare the job for pole loading so that the 3D model will download correctly. This process largely involves pressing a series of custom function buttons in your office and office power tools toolsets. The buttons below also represent a general flow order for when the buttons should be clicked.

Com Wire Spec

Clicking the com wire spec button will automatically insert the wire spec for your communication wires, overhead guys, and downguys in the job. The software automatically looks up the set diameter in the midspan marker for the communication wires and how the downguys are linked to automatically input a matching wire spec value found in your catalog or client file.

Here, the diameter of the Comcast wire is .75”, so the wire spec was set using the client file picklist.

*The Com Wire Spec button should be configured before use. Please reach out to to help create proper automation.

Power Wire Spec

The power wire spec button can be used to manually set the wire spec for wires in the job.

When you click the button, you will first be prompted to draw a polygon around the section of your job that you want to set the wire spec for. When the polygon is set, click “Continue.”

The Enter Wire Spec window will appear. This window will display all comms and conductors found within the placed polygon. You can use the dropdown to find the appropriate wire spec. For wires you want to skip you can just leave the dropdown blank.

*Typically Com Wire spec is run to enter the communication specs, so most often those dropdowns are left blank.

You can overwrite values that were already entered by checking the “Overwrite Values” checkbox in the bottom left corner of the window. Once you have your wire specs set using the picklist for each wire, click “Set Wire Spec.”

Anchor Spec

Clicking the anchor spec button will automatically set the anchor spec for all anchors (existing and proposed) in the job. The software automatically looks up the set size in the node info for the anchor and automatically inputs a matching anchor spec value found in the catalog or client file.

If when you click the button, you get the Issues QC, it means for that SCID, the rod size for the anchor was not properly set. Click on the magnifying glass icon or go to the SCID using the search bar, and click on the anchor on the pole to fix the Size attribute.

Once all locations are fixed, click on the anchor spec button again. When there are no warnings, a notification will pop up at the bottom left of the page saying “Finished inserting anchor spec.”

*The Anchor Spec button should be configured before use. Please reach out to to help create proper automation.

Setting Bearings

There are a few different ways to set bearings for insulators, arms, and equipment. The Cable Tracing Documentation goes into detail about running hardware details. Most times, it is easier to run hardware details after the annotation of the pole.

However, it is also good to run a "catch-all" for the whole job before trying to download the pole for PLA.

Hardware Details

As mentioned, you should still click the hardware details button before running your PLA download as a catch-all to see if any equipment, arms, or insulators were missed when the button was run during the Cable Tracing process.

When you click the button, the details window will pop up. You can leave everything checked, and click “Enter Hardware Details.” If anything was missed, you will be prompted to enter the bearing details.

When all details are entered, the “Done Entering Hardware Details” notification will pop up at the bottom left of the page.

*For more instruction on this button and running hardware details, visit the Cable Tracing Documentation, linked above.

Calc Bearings

The Calc Bearings button is another catch-all button. When you click this button, the arm bearings and insulator bearings will automatically be set. However, in most cases, these bearings should already be set after using the hardware details button.

If there are any warnings, the warnings will be listed in the Results QC window at the bottom left of the page. If there are no warnings, it will say “no warnings found.”

Measure Bearings

The Measure Bearing button allows you to measure a bearing on the map from your selected/highlighted location. The angle will then be saved to your clipboard, so that you can use your copy/paste function to edit existing bearings or manually set bearings.

For example, if the bearing for this cutout was wrong, you could delete it out from the marker, and run the hardware details button again. Or you could click on the pole, use the measure bearing button to just copy an angle, and then paste (Control + “v”) that bearing angle in the bearing attribute of the cutout marker.

Fix Map Errors

The Fix Map Errors button is typically found in the Office Power Tools toolset. *In some models, this button will be a black "X" that says "Sync Job."

The Fix Map Errors button is the band aid icon in this toolset. This button cleans up photo summaries and any malformed markers. Always get in the habit of just clicking this button before downloading exports including PLA exports.

If there are no errors, a notification will pop up at the bottom left of the page. If there were errors, the notification will tell you the amount of photo summaries and malformed markers cleaned up.

At this point you are ready to download your poles for import into PLA software. Thanks for reading! For a more visual guide of Prepping the Job for Pole Loading Integration, check out our Prepping the Job for PLA Webinar coming soon!

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