LiDAR technologies offer an efficient and accurate method to survey transmission lines. By conducting routine aerial surveys, energy providers are able to closely monitor troublesome areas of vegetation encroachment, and mitigate risks of costly power outages and the consequential fines from authorities.
Airborne LiDAR can provide accurate elevation models for transmission lines, allowing utility providers to:
• measure the shape of the ground below the transmission line
• locate the position of towers and poles
• measure the sag on wires
• measure the up-growth of any vegetation or other possible illegal obstructions
A valid safety concern, vegetation encroachment can cause service interruptions and result in heavy fines from authorities. Leading Edge’s LiDAR solutions offer clients a cost-effective, efficient and accurate method to monitor transmission lines and surrounding vegetation. LiDAR data produces extremely accurate 3D representations of structures, trees, vegetation, and power lines. Aerial LiDAR surveys are completed rapidly and provide accurate data on the entire corridor, identifying potential and existing hazards. This allows energy providers to deal with immediate issues, and proactively plan for long-term management of vegetation along corridors, avoiding future power interruptions and outages.
Power line corridor mapping can offer insight into wire stringing, vegetation encroachment, and sag profiling.
Custom-made to meet every power company client’s unique needs, PLS-CADD products are made to meet all possible project requirements. Different levels of PLS-CADD projects are available with a mixture of classified LiDAR, aerial imagery and optional vector layers. Additionally, Plan and Profile (P&P) and weather conditions at the time of LiDAR collection can be gathered and included where wire stringing is intended by the customer.