PLP Analytics is able to model conductor blowout and sag under different operating conditions. This means, when a Digital Twin is created using company data, the model will be able to accurately determine clearance zone encroachments from any point of interest, such as vegetation, ground/roads and buildings.

Once the clearances are calculated, they can then be aggregated at various levels. This enables the users to generate a network-wide compliance report, as well as giving the ability to drill down into each individual violation for greater detail and analysis.

The clearance zones and analysis within the digital twin are fully customizable, meaning specific requirements or local regulations can be input by any utility worldwide. The software will flag defects and conditions in the 3D model, ensuring each measurement between both structural assets (like poles or conductors) or external objects (such as a tree or a road) are accurate.

Utilities are able to adjust the vegetation management program based on various uncovered risk profiles, meaning a cost-benefit analysis can be conducted to estimate risk reduction and cost. 

PLP data can be represented and exported in a variety of image, data, or formatted formats, meaning they can be easily integrated into existing external vegetation management systems. The digital model provides the key information for data-driven planning and site visits, tracking progress, and auditing completed work to ensure compliance. 

View the video and information below to see an example of assessing vegetation encroachment:

In this video, we take a small section of a network that has been scanned with LiDAR and build a physics enabled three-dimensional structural model. This model predicts the conductor blow out as shown by the blue lines.

​We then run various scenarios to check vegetation clearance violations under different conditions, like:

  • Changing the wind pressure to increase the conductor blow out.
  • Increasing the vegetation clearance requirements to increase the safety factor.
  • Increasing the ground clearance requirements to increase the safety factor
  • Changing the temperature to model conductor sag under different temperature conditions.

Apart from running “what-if analysis”, this generated structural model can then be used (and modified) by the onsite or remote design & construction teams for their day to day activities using PLP Designer.

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