LiDAR Utilization for Utilities


Maximize LiDAR’s potential with 3D engineering-grade models

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing methodology that emits light lasers over a surface or terrain. By measuring both the wavelengths of the reflected light and the duration until they return, a precise three dimensional map of the surface is collected. LiDAR can then be used to create spatially accurate digital representations of the captured areas in the form of digital twins.

Why should utilities consider LiDAR?

LiDAR data of assets and their surroundings give utilities the capacity to build incredibly accurate 3D models of their entire network and its surrounding environment.

Utilities can perform analysis on their networks, such as modeling the impact of climatic events on grid resiliency, risk identification, and optimizing asset management activities such as inspection, repair, and replacement. LiDAR generated models can also be enhanced 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 grid understanding is significantly increased.

Conduct comprehensive analysis on entire networks and surrounding environment

Critical to maximizing LiDAR’s full potential is the ability to export the point cloud data a LiDAR capture generates into a platform that can ingest, classify and translate the data into a visualization model; that model can then deliver sophisticated insights and analysis across a broad spectrum of use cases.

Neara’s digital twin platform offers a comprehensive solution for utilities seeking to maximize the value of LiDAR data capture, both through its point cloud classification and its analytics capabilities. Combined, Neara can deliver accurate and detailed vegetation encroachment analysis, improved management of poles and cables, and bespoke analytics reports to asset owners in an efficient manner – without compromising accuracy or engineering grade functionality.

Identify risks using detailed per-asset analysis at a whole-of-network scale

Through the Neara Platform, utilities can generate an engineering grade model that combines detailed per-asset analysis with whole-of-network scale. The model is capable of simulating extreme weather events and load scenarios to identify structural deficiencies that facilitate improved network management and risk identification.

Neara’s solutions equip utilities with the analysis and insights needed to maintain enhanced network performance and make more informed decisions with respect to the operation of their assets – yielding significant cost savings and less grid disruption. While LiDAR is a valuable data input into Neara’s capability, Neara can also auto-generate models from existing geospatial data, including GIS, imagery, maps, tables and other records to deliver consistent outcomes. To learn more about how Neara has helped utilities devise revolutionary solutions, take a look at our Success Stories.

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