50,000+ km – A long line!
Growing electrical supply challenges and major bushfire events through-out Australia have resulted in a Federal Government mandate for utility enterprises to undertake annual inspections of their networks to identify vegetation intrusions and address immediate risks. After several years of trialing LiDAR technology for identifying vegetation encroachments, Powercor/CitiPower Ltd (PCPL), Victoria?s largest distribution provider, chose to use the technology as its primary tool for this critical task. AAM are contracted by PCPL to annually inspect their High Bushfire Risk distribution network. The overhead network is comprised of more than 300,000 spans covering over 50,000 linear kilometres. The regulatory requirement for identification, remediation and reporting of defect lines means that the survey must to be completed in a 15-week timeframe commencing from January 1, 2018. In order to meet such an aggressive project schedule AAM worked extensively with its platform, sensor and processing architecture providers to completely re-design the production workflow. From single man sensor operation to leveraging the speed, scalability and flexibility of cloud computing the outcome is a prime example of customer demands driving innovation.