New ASCE Manual of Practice Offers Best Practices for Use of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers for Utility Lines


Reston, Va. – ASCE’s new book, Recommended Practice for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Products for Overhead Utility Line Structures, MOP 104, Second Edition, details best practices for the use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite poles and crossarms in resilient conductor support applications. This new edition updates and expands on nearly every aspect of FRP pole and crossarm testing, design considerations, installation, and asset management, providing the line designer with another tool in the line design toolbox in addition to the traditional materials of wood, steel, and concrete. Notable updates include:

  • Recommendations on when to utilize FRP products;
  • Review of serviceability equivalency (i.e., deflection) and strength equivalency;
  • Material industry best practice hardware solutions for FRP structures;
  • Comprehensive installation review including foundation options; and
  • Field inspection recommendations.

MOP 104, Second Edition, will be valuable to overhead line asset owners and engineers involved in utility, electrical, and structural engineering.

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Limited review copies are available for book reviews. Please contact Kevin Higgins,; phone 703-295-6266.

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Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and seeks to “Raise the Bar” on engineering knowledge and competency.