We combine precise lidar, high resolution aerial imagery, and geospatial data to produce a unique yet powerful solution to wildfire mitigation efforts in the utility industry. The three part approach includes providing an efficient method for evaluating structural integrity of individual assets, as well as clearance analyses to prevent vegetation encroachment and wire clash.
High Resolution Imagery
Our image acquisition team collects 150 megapixel photographs of assets. Our proprietary system, Falkor, automatically associates each image with the lidar based location of the structure in the frame and places this information in the image metadata. These images allow remote evaluation of structural integrity and facilitate efficient ground inspections, especially in response to high priority threats.
Priority Risk Notification
High priority threats are identified in the field and marked for immediate notification.
Classified lidar is processed with PLS-CADD to identify instances where vegetation is within a designated distance from conductors or electrical hardware. Data is categorized by priority levels, condensed into a csv and visualized in a .kml for ease of use in the field.
Long Span Analysis
A 3D rendering of the network in PLS CADD, similar to the one used to detect obstructive vegetation, is utilized again to determine span clearances and sag. This process is optimized by targeting analysis towards long spans — spans that extend beyond a designated length and are longer than average. Clash detection analysis such as this is a crucial step in preventing instances of voltage sparks and ensuring network integrity in various weather conditions.