Drones trialled to efficiently monitor the network

Wednesday 15 March 2017

ActewAGL is trialling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones from today to inspect electrical infrastructure in parts of Cook.

ActewAGL Branch Manager Works Delivery Clinton McAlister said powerlines and poles in residential backyards and parkland in parts of Cook will be patrolled by a UAV drone for seven business days.

“The UAV trial will complement our recent helicopter inspections. We’re always monitoring developments in technology, and this trial will help us to assess the costs, reliability and risks to determine the best option to carry out the aerial patrols in the future.

“Other states around Australia are already using UAVs for asset inspection. Using drones would be quieter than helicopters and being remotely operated means it would be less intrusive than ground patrols. 

“In the bush capital, where many power poles are in backyards, trialling UAV drones will help identify whether we can more efficiently patrol our assets and minimise the time needed to patrol near residential properties.”

Aerial patrols form part of annual essential maintenance program which is critical to identify where trees and vegetation grow too close to powerlines. Vegetation that is too close is prioritised for trimming to minimise the risk of prolonged blackouts and fires.

Residents in Cook have received notification of the trial, with the inspection expected to take no more than 15 minutes per pole inspected.

For more information visit ActewAGL’s website actewagl.com.au/dronetrial

ActewAGL is trialling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones to inspect power poles and lines. The drones were tested today before the trial over parts of Cook.

ActewAGL is trialling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones to inspect power poles and lines. The drones were tested today before the trial over parts of Cook.

Photo caption: ActewAGL is trialling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones to inspect power poles and lines. The drones were tested today before the trial over parts of Cook.

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