Regular inspection of network assets are a proven method of ensuring active management of risk and degradation. Historically a variety of methods have been used, often using aerial patrols or ground inspections. The latest remote sensing technology means that there are new approaches available to deliver significant economic benefits to utilities, both for optimising maintenance and repair times and minimising the cost of vegetation management.
Work planning efficiencies
Time and budget are often wasted through an incomplete understanding of challenges faced on site. 3D visualisations of an electricity network enable desktop based pre-work scoping to occur. Viewing asset configurations, access constraints and environmental challenges in advance means less site visits are needed and reduces costly abortive work. It also allows a virtual safety inspection to be completed.
Line availability and utilisation
Ensuring the availability and improving the utilisation of the network can be achieved through a more complete understanding of the power system. Using geospatial techniques and powerline analysis, we can help to ensure the power stays on. Find out more about validating transmission line ratings and intelligent line profiling here.
Asset record improvements
Regulations require network operators to understand and catalogue their assets, often with financial penalties for non-conformance. 3D visualisation and viewing platforms complement existing corporate systems and allow quicker access to data, something that is critical in outage limitation or planning remediation work. Better asset intelligence also leads to improved planning and more cost effective working practices.
Building new lines
A new line has to be code compliant and in most cases, there is a drive to ensure it is constructed at the minimum level of cost. Our tools and services for route optimisation improves the design and placement of structures and avoids surprises during construction by accounting for the natural and man-made environment.