Tag:man_made=utility_pole

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Wooden telecom suspension pole.jpeg
Description
A single pole supporting elevation of any of various and unspecified public utilities, such as power transmission, lighting or telephony. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A single pole supporting elevation of any of various and unspecified public utilities, such as power transmission, lighting or telephony.

Note that power=pole is a standard tag for poles carrying power cables/wires and it shouldn't be replaced.

How to map

BingImagery 3utilitypoles alongtertiaryway.png

On every pole found on ground or on aerial imagery, place a node at the exact location of each pole.

Tagging is really simple. Add man_made=utility_pole, sometimes in replacement of communication=pole or telephone=pole.
Also add corresponding main purpose with utility=*, often utility=telecom. Always use a single value for this key, see below.

For power poles, please use standard power=pole and refer to similar tagging guidelines.

Key Value Comment Recommendation
man_made utility_pole It's a pole supporting utility networks mandatory (except for power poles)
utility <main utility> The purpose for which the pole was design or installed recommended
material <pole material> The material composing the pole recommended
height <height> Pole's height in meters as measured or read on ground recommended
operator <operator> Name of the company that operates the pole optional
manufacturer <Manufacturing company> Name of company that produced the pole optional
ref <reference> Abbreviation / number of the pole as seen on ground. optional
line_attachment <line attachment> Attachment mean for lines connected to that pole optional
line_management <line management> Particular topology situations around the pole optional

Find the appropriate utility

See appropriates values for utility=* to state to which activity the pole is mainly designed for.

A given pole is almost always operated by a single operator=*, not several. This given operator can make offers to support other utility lines without changing its own responsibility for maintenance or operations or the pole nature.
Answers to such questions are convenient to get the right value of utility=*:

  • Who operates the pole? If the operator is a telecom operator, then utility=telecom and so on...
  • If the operator operates several utilities and rolls out them at the same time, which one is most impacting pole structure? A power line is heavier than a telephone line for instance, then utility=power (and power=pole).

Logical link between poles and supported features

As utility=* is used with a single and the most representative value for each given pole, solutions should exist to link a single pole to numerous different activities and features.
Here is a list extracted from a topic of Talk page to link many activities to poles

As some of those points don't refer to any utility at all (but a street furniture, emergency response equipment and so on), there is no point to give the entire list of what is supported by a given pole with utility=*.

Possible mistakes

Some tagging values for telecom poles was used previously. You can replace it manually with caution

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

Examples

Power

Photo Location Tagging Note
Wooden power pole.jpg France

power=pole
line_attachment=suspension
material=wood
operator=Enedis
utility=power

The simplest power pole you'll find in France. There are around 11 millions of them to find.

It's a wooden suspension pole holding a single minor low voltage power cable

Bending power pole Belmont western australia .jpg Australia

power=pole
line_attachment=(pin)|(pin)|(anchor)
material=wood
highway=street_lamp
utility=power

A branching power pole in the corner of an Australia residential street

Telecoms

Photo Locations Tagging Note
Wooden telecom suspension pole.jpeg France,

Ireland

man_made=utility_pole
utility=telecom
line_attachment=suspension
material=wood
height=7
operator=Orange

The simplest telecom pole you'll find in many Euorpean countries. In France, there are around 13 millions of them to find.

It's a wooden 7m tall suspension pole holding a single telecom metal cable. A growing number of telecom providers are now adding fiber along the same paths.

In Ireland, it is presumed that the vast majority of telecom poles are owned by OpenEir (a subsidiary of Eircom Limited). Very few are marked with the owner's name.

Multi-utility

Photo Location Tagging Note
Canada telecom pole branch.jpg Canada

power=pole
line_attachment=(suspension)|(anchor)
material=wood
highway=street_lamp
utility=power

Let's focus on telecom lines only here despite it's a power pole holding a medium voltage line on top.


The main line goes from left to right and is suspended on the pole while a branch line starts from its anchor.
On this location, power and street lighting utilities are also installed and branch too.

Utility pole with one lechi NCCE.agr.jpg Massachusetts, USA

power=pole
line_attachment=pin
material=wood
highway=street_lamp
utility=power

A multi-utility pole beside a residential road in the USA.

As it primarily holds low voltage power lines and then telephone cables, it remains a power=pole Telecommunications lines have to be mapped with a dedicated way and a tag that remains to be defined.

See Also