Laser mapping technology helps to reduce power cuts

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has announced it is rolling out innovative technology this winter in a bid to reduce potential storm damage.

On 23 December, SPEN outlined how it has invested £2.3mn in 3D LiDAR technology, developed by geo-data specialist, Fugro, which uses small planes to fly over the power network and create 3D maps of electricity lines, helping to increase resilience throughout the winter months and beyond, and reduce the risk of power cuts.

It captures LiDAR data and aerial imagery, producing a virtual model to provide a full 3D view of buildings and trees, replacing traditional on-site surveys. It can also identify changes to landscape over time that could impact the condition of the network, such as when trees and vegetation grows too close to overhead power lines and needs to be trimmed.