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How Do We Test The Health Of High Mast Light Poles

The Health Of High Mast Light Poles

Every 5 years the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) requires all high mast light poles (hmlp’s) on our nations highways be inspected. Most conventional inspections today consist of a manual visual inspection of the pole from the ground. The inspector may use a pair of binoculars to view the higher portions of the light pole and luminaries.


The inspector will make notes if they view any defects and take pictures. Bringing ancillary inspections like high mast light poles into the 21st century would require a more thorough inspection. There are many Nondestructive Testing methods that can help accomplish this but they are cumbersome, costly and can only be used once a defect has been identified or by renting a boom truck to get to the correct height.


Luckily, Infrastructure Preservation Corporation “IPC” has developed and

patented a robotic high mast light pole inspection service that can thoroughly inspect the pole, seams and luminaries with their patented robotic inspection unit.


IPCs HMLP “Pole Crawler” is the first of its kind and can inspect the entire high mast light pole including detailing the seams, luminaries and pole surface as well as hi-lighting any problem areas . Inspection results are preserved so that future inspections can compare deterioration progression over time. This means that problem areas can be reviewed to see if the damage has increased since the previous inspection and action can be taken to ensure the integrity of the hmlp.


High Mast Light Poles  robotic inspectionThe hmlp pole crawler travels via a wireless remote. The entire device and wheels are all padded and rubberized so that there can be no damage to the pole surface.


The hmlp inspection service is light weight and easy to deploy worldwide. In the USA., IPC will provide the equipment and the services to the asset managers.


The inspection results are not only more thorough and less subjective than current inspection methods but they can help asset managers win additional government bids, save time and money.


For more information go to or review the video below which gives an overview of the hmlp inspection service.


IPC’s High Mast Light Pole Inspection Service Video



For price quotes on your bid for high mast light pole inspections


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IPC specializes in nondestructive testing (NDT) and robotic engineering advancing inspection services for the transportation infrastructure inspection industry using patented inspection equipment and proprietary assessment reports that offer a greater degree of detail than any other inspection service to date.





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