What is LiDAR? LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) works by emitting light (lasers) over a surface or terrain. By measuring both the wavelengths of the reflected light and the duration until their return time, a 3D map of the surface is collected. LiDAR can then be used to create spatially accurate digital representations of the captured areas.
LiDAR is often collected by utilities for specific projects, such as managing vegetation encroachment or checking transmission clearances. This data collection method provides a detailed understanding of both asset and environmental positioning, however, many companies have not yet been utilizing their LiDAR data to its true potential.
By taking LiDAR imagery of assets and their surroundings, utilities gain the capacity to build incredibly accurate 3D models of their entire network and its surrounding environment. These LiDAR models can also be supercharged with other existing information, such as GIS or 3D Imagery, to provide a cohesive and multifaceted depiction of the grid. With all relevant information in one source, the depth of understanding of the grid is heightened.
LiDAR can help you to model assets, from conductor tension to positioning. It can also model surrounding terrain, vegetation, building, and ground clearance, all with a level of detail that allows for highly accurate analysis.
The understanding gained from LiDAR is currently unparalleled, though creating a 3D model without it is definitely possible. If you have any specific questions about LiDAR or are interested in trialing Power Lines Pro, we’d be happy to discuss your specific use case - contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org