SF Power and Energy Society Technical Presentation March 14, 2018


                        Title: Pacific Gas & Electric’s New Pole Loading Database

Presenter: John (JB) Birch - Manager - PG&E’s Electric Asset Management, Engineering Center of Excellence.


On December 28, 2017, PG&E integrated a new database called the Pole Loading Database (PLDB) into their enterprise platforms of GIS and SAP. The database and its innovative structure is intended to replace the need to save individual “flat” files as Pole Loading Calculations – instead, any analysis of a pole and its facilities can be saved as a new version of the PLDB record – maintaining an asset-centric history of each pole going forward. The database was also pre-loaded with values based on existing SAP and GIS records for each pole (height, class, span lengths, wood strength, etc.) – we call these records “Baseline” calculations. Any pole in our system can now be hovered over in our GIS Web Viewer to reveal its safety factor or clicked to jump into any saved version of a 3-D model for that structure. The latest activities and information can also be viewed through our new SAP dashboard, dubbed “ZPOLE.”

Lunch will be provided (includes vegetarian). There will be a $5 fee to IEEE Members and a $10 fee to Non Members. Payments to be made in person (cash or check) at the event.

The SF PES Chapter AdCom is mindful of our environment and food waste.  As a courtesy, please email our Secretary, Rahul Anilkumar (ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com) no later than the day before the event if you absolutely need to cancel your reservation.  Thank you!  

  Date and Time




  • 455 Golden Gate Avenue
  • Milton Marks Conference Center - Lower Level
  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94102
  • Building: Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building (Cross streets: Polk and Larkin)
  • Room Number: Benicia Room

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John (JB) Birch - Manager - PG&E’s Electric Asset Management, Engineering Center of Excellence of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)


John Birch (informally “JB”) is the Manager of PG&E’s Electric Asset Management, Engineering Center of Excellence. As head of the department for the last 3 years, he’s spent almost that entire time focused on Pole Loading for Electric Distribution. He just started his 8th year at PG&E and has had roles in Electric Operations Field Safety, Electric Strategic Business Management & Continuous Improvement, and Electric Grid Interconnection. He holds an Industrial Engineering Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He and his family live in Concord, CA, where he and his wife Gloria are enjoying raising their almost 2-year-old daughter, Haley – who wants to be an airplane when she grows up.