Laser Technology and its line of laser rangefinders such as the rugged, compact, waterproof TruPulse 360R and 200X have quickly become an integral part of Professional Measurement's arsenal worldwide.
There's an old adage that's been passed from one generation to the next, and honestly I don't have an idea as to its origin, but I'm certain your father said it many times. "Measure twice, cut once…" is how I remember it. My take on this is that preparation and double checking will prevent having to do it over or even averting catastrophe!
TruPulse 360 Laser Rangefinder
Xcel Energy is one of the largest providers of electricity in the country and without seeing it, I have to believe there's an S.O.P. manual in their archives that mandates each customer's current information regarding pole spacing, line heights and tensions, as well a detailed GIS map indicating positions and features is available upon request. Right?
Well someone failed to mention this to a Denver Public Works dump truck driver while on an alley repaving project this week. In an online news feature from Denver's 9 News it documented a prime example of how this happens. While distributing the asphalt the driver kept raising the truck bed to facilitate emptying his load. But being unaware of the bed's height versus the overhead power lines, the driver entangled the bed with the power lines knocking five poles down and cutting electricity to 100 homes!
Xcel bemoaned the fact it would take a half-day to repair the damage but highly suspect the City of Denver will get the bill. Nobody was hurt and as far as damage goes it's probably in the minor column. That said though, it all could have easily been prevented.
To know the height of your tilted bed and height of the power lines, use the TruPulse 360 vertical distance mode & known instrument height to measure the heights, especially on level ground. To know the length & height of the tilted bed, use the missing line routine in the TruPulse 360. Then one can measure the height to the power lines with the build in height routine. This 3 shot routine takes less than 15 seconds and will let you know immediately if you will clear the lines or not!
Having a TruPulse 360 laser rangefinder at your disposal (fits easily into a vest pocket) eliminates rough estimates or just plain guessing. Not having this instant verification essentially is rolling the dice. The cost of repairing the downed lines and poles will run into the thousands. The price of a TruPulse 360 is cost effective insurance and if I may use an old cliché, "An ounce of prevention is worth is a pound of cure."
Please do yourself and your department a favor. Give us a call or drop an email to arrange for a practical demonstration of these highly accurate laser rangefinders.