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Enlightening Insights into Light Pole Design and Maintenance


Light poles are nearly universal structures that line our streetways, sidewalks, parking lots, athletic fields, and more. While the luminaires that illuminate paths for pedestrian or vehicular traffic are the common focus of maintenance efforts, maintenance of the poles and anchorage systems supporting them is often overlooked.

WJE engineers Leah Ruther and Noah Fehrenbacher will discuss the general components of light poles, common failure mechanisms, recommended light pole maintenance, when replacement is recommended and design and analysis considerations for new or replacement poles. This presentation will feature real world examples of deterioration and failures of light poles which have generally occurred due to poorly planned maintenance and deferred repairs along with tips on inspection protocols, non-destructive techniques, and asset management considerations.
  • Course will award 1.25 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
  • This webinar will be available as a recording. 


  • Noah Fehrenbacher, P.E., S.E.

    Noah Fehrenbacher is a licensed Structural Engineer with Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE). Since joining WJE in 2006, his predominant areas of work have included repair design, building assessments and structural analysis. He has experience with many building and material types and has analyzed concrete, steel, wood, glass, membrane, and FRP reinforced structures. Mr. Fehrenbacher has extensive experience in the evaluation of light poles with specific focus on high mast light towers. His involvement with light towers has included inspections, non-destructive testing and development of repairs to address distress conditions.

  • Leah Ruther, P.E.

    Leah Ruther is a licensed Professional Engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Since joining WJE in 2012, Ms. Ruther has been involved with numerous structural engineering and architecture related projects. Her responsibilities include the investigation and analysis of existing and damaged structures, development of technical repair and rehabilitation documents, and construction observations. Ms. Ruther has considerable experience in the evaluation of light poles including engineering inspections, non-destructive testing, and asset management consulting.

December 8, 2022
Thu 12:00 PM CST

Duration 1H 15M

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