Laserpas Power Line Inspections Reveal Serious HazardsRecently, an international Remotely Piloted Airborne System (RPAS) operator Laserpas has completed an inspection of 600 km long power lines in Oltenia region, Romania. The inspection works were ordered by Distributie Energie Oltenia. In the territory inspected, Laserpas identified multiple objects that posed imminent danger to power grids and the associated hazards that may bring about serious injuries or even fatalities. 

In order to receive the most accurate results, during the inspection the company used such highly advanced technologies as photogrammetric scanning with nadir as well as oblique cameras which were integrated into a piloted helicopter. In addition to dangerous buildings, Laserpas identified trees which pose severe danger to nearby power lines as well emergency vegetation that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. In addition, company experts detected bodies of water underlying power lines which may cause severe damage to the environment as well as towers covered in rust and broken insulators.   

“Our technology is specifically designed for inspecting power lines. It enabled us to discover a vast number of severe safety hazards. Without the technology, a high percentage of these hazards would have remained undetected and the line would be at higher risk of disconnection. Our findings clearly indicate that in order to avoid serious accidents and the loss of human lives we must continuously monitor our power grid. Fortunately, with Laserpas technology and Distributie Oltenia attitude towards this, we can now do it very accurately and efficiently, ensuring safe and reliable operation of the network,” says Mantas Vaskela, the CEO of Laserpas.

Adrian Pavel, Director of Exploitation and Maintenance of Energy Networks Division from Distributie Energie Oltenia said: “The pilot project for GPS Coordinates Collecting, Vegetation Management inside Medium Voltage power lines and GPS Coordinates for Low Voltage power line>> developed together with Laserpas was a good starting point for accurately identifying useful information about Medium Voltage aerial lines. Being the first of such projects implemented in the company, it involved a close collaboration in overcoming the challenges by identifying effective solutions and exercising flexibility from both parties. Throughout the project we appreciated the openness of the Laserpas team and their orientation towards delivering high quality final product." 

Recently, Laserpas has also conducted a large power line inspection project in the Baltic States. Multiple inspections have revealed that each power line kilometre contained an average of 10 dangerous objects. It implies that Laserpas technology allows companies to detect potential power grid hazards that would be otherwise undetectable, even subject to constant surveillance. 

 

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