Electric and gas utility businesses focus on providing safer, reliable, cleaner, and affordable energy to their customers with minimal interruption. They build, operate, and maintain their generation, transmission and distribution assets network with best of their abilities. Safety, accuracy and efficiency of their assets management processes are extremely important. Recent physical and digital technological advancements have created significant improvement and innovation opportunities for these critical operating and business processes. GGI’s approach is to work with the utility companies to transform current manual or semi-automated processes to mature digitized automated processes for higher efficiency and accuracy. GGI’s roadmap to the digital and automated utility asset and vegetation management solutions includes remote sensing (LiDAR, SAR and imagery) and change detection on LiDAR point cloud and imagery, predictive analytics and machine vision & learning-augmented artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in concert with our patent pending smart sensor nodes-based cyber-physical system (CPS).
Electric Utility Vegetation Management Opportunity
Electric utility companies manage huge quantity of vegetation (trees/brushes/bushes/shrubs) along thousands of overhead Electric Transmission and Distribution line miles every year to mitigate vegetation related power outage and wildfire risks. These vegetation management operations involve time and cost intensive Pre Inspection (vehicular, aerial and foot patrol) process. This is a cost intensive operation with significant opportunity of efficiency gain with remote sensing and geoinformatics-derived automation.
- Incompatible vegetation in power line right-of-ways (ROWs) must be monitored and controlled
- Cyclic aerial LiDAR scans semi-automate the manual inspection processes
- Predictive analytics derived from change detection on LiDAR point clouds and imagery and prior ground truth data can further automate vegetation inspection process and reduce cost
- Smart sensor nodes-based cyber-physical system (CPS) can enable autonomous vegetation encroachment monitoring at a significantly lower cost in the future
- Tree crews will be able to accomplish prescribed tree work using the CPS generated advisories as necessary
GGI is committed to working with the electric and gas utilities at each of the above stages in the vegetation management automation process.