TAG: utilities

Kansas utility finds new workflow solutions

August 11, 2017By

Water, Water, Where? WaterOne found itself stuck in the past. The independent public utility knew that its workflow for collecting geospatial data was broken. WaterOne serves a 272-square-mile area on the Kansas side of the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area, which has a population of 420,000, 145,000 metered accounts and 2,685 miles of water pipes. The survey/geospatial staff consisted of... read more

Indoor drone inspections made safer and faster

July 28, 2017By

A manufacturer of refinery infrastructure was about to finish the assembly of a radiant box when a thumbnail-size notch was noticed in one of the pipes just before it was to be installed. The radiant box facility is used in the process of refining hydrogen under very high temperature (1,300 to 2,000°F) and pressure (45 to 360 psi). The notch... read more

MMC strings mountain power lines using UAVs

May 2, 2017By

On March 15, drone-maker MMC strung power lines across the Ragged Mountain in Thailand using its Spider drone and specialized wire-pulling tools. The project was carried out for EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand) and served as a transnational demonstration for MMC. By cooperating with MMC, EGAT hopes to use professional drones to string more lines helps the nation in... read more

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TUV India completes drone assessment on solar project

May 1, 2017By

Using UAVs, TUV India, under TÜV Nord Group, is conducting an assessment of a 25-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power project 160 kilometers from Bengaluru spread across 90 acres. TÜV Nord Group is a technical service provider working in 70 countries. For the Indian solar project, the first phase involved a site assessment, flight planning, undertaking drone flights, uploading data from... read more

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Geoscience Australia, Lockheed collaborate on multi-GNSS SBAS research

February 13, 2017By

Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation and timing for a range of applications. Other partners are Inmarsat and GMV. The research project aims to demonstrate how a second-generation Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) testbed can... read more

TerraGo partners with CompassTools on advanced GIS and GPS data collection

January 23, 2017By

TerraGo is partnering with CompassTools, a provider of integrated GIS, GPS and wireless solutions for field data collection across numerous industries, including government, utility, natural resources, transportation, architecture and construction. “We help our customers build the best bundled solution for their GIS and GPS goals, whatever they may be, and TerraGo’s mobile solutions give us the flexibility we need for... read more

Raytheon, DARPA developing tech to protect power grid against cyber attack

December 5, 2016By

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, has awarded Raytheon multiple contracts to research and develop technologies that will detect and respond to cyber attacks on the U.S. power grid infrastructure. The contracts, which total $9 million, were awarded under DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems program. “During the last two decades, industrial control... read more

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Trimble introduces construction technology for small site and utility contractors

November 11, 2016By

Trimble is offering office software, site positioning and machine control solutions designed for site and utility contractors and owner/operators. These solutions offer small to mid-sized contractors a reliable, flexible and affordable option to leverage construction technology. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions. Office Software for Site Visualization and Layout Many contractors already use SketchUp Pro for layout and visualization.... read more

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