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A website that alerts individuals when their assets are in danger or are being impacted by wildfire events. We analyze where wildfires have happened in the past compared to their assets as well as if current wildfires may impact their assets. An SMS or email alert is sent out to users by preset notification settings. Specific types of assets can have specific risk factors, such as a wood pole is in more risk than a steel pole.
The Flood Risk and Notification System forecasts flood risk multiple times a day and out to 10 days into the future. The system ingests high resolution weather models, most recent observed rainfall totals, local topography to the asset, current stream-levels and various processes that contribute to the water cycle to estimate flood risk of an asset. The system has a customizable notification system that sends both SMS and emails to respective personnel based on the assets determined risk level.
An iOS app that is used to alert pilots when they breach the perimeter of a geofence. It generates an audio alert that is relayed through the device and operates behind the scenes if the pilot wants to display a different app while flying. Alerts can be created by the user by inputting specific lat/longs and then being able to choose the buffer distance for the polygon geoevent. This would mainly be targeted towards heli pilots flying in the wire environments, but the more we direct it toward non-mission critical safety purposes the better we are liability-wise.
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The Transmission Field map is a mapping tool created for Transmission lineworkers and used by many, even outside of Transmission Line. It is hosted on the Collector platform and provides a means for visualizing and navigating to numerous transmission assets with mobile devices. There are also various data collection pieces and methods for lineworkers to document, such as Sensitive Property Owners, Access roads, imminent vegetation threats, and more. This is by far the most powerful and ubiquitous tool we can provide to Lineworkers with the technology we have access to. (And we’re very humble about it 🙂 )
The helicopters used for aerial patrols are equipped with a GPS device that allows the flight tracks to be visualized in a map, along with other relative data including structures, conductors, and substations. The map also shows any structures that may not have been patrolled yet based off a near analysis of 500ft between all structures and flight tracks. The map helps pilots and observers visualize the work they have already done, but also to assist in future flight planning.
This is a website map that Will made back in the day that pulls in the DOT road closures and helps users drive around during a storm response. It’s been very helpful in the past for numerous crews, we’ve never been paid for its’ use, and saves a lot of crucial time for a crew to get to a jobsite or report to a new area to support local crews. Communication out is needed as a storm is hitting, and Will updates the webmap and sends out a link prior to communication.
The aerial patrol project is a project that has been in practice for several years using the Explorer app at Duke Energy. It is used by all regions across the Enterprise for lineworkers to collect point data where defects on the transmission network are found. Once the point data is collected using a mobile device in a helicopter, the findings are then sent to our team for processing. We then use an automated process to tie that data to the structure it represents, and we disseminate the reports to the appropriate personnel for the generation of work orders. There are also many other nuances, such as flight track mapping and video camera operations.
As helicopters go up to survey hurricane damage, observers in the aircraft take pictures and email them to the inboxes of the command centers. The command centers then check the emails with picture attachments coming in and then send crews out to those locations to fix the damage. What we augment is we made the email process more efficient where we make the subject of the email a number 0-9, that is then decoded to show what type of damage has occurred so that they don’t have to waste time writing it out in the email body. We then also take the email that is received by the command center and scrub the metadata of the picture attachment to get a lat/long location of where the picture was taken. We then display that location as a point on a map that the command center folks can access, click on the point and see the picture. They can then mark the point as ‘Reviewed’ if they have looked at the picture and ‘Dispatched’ if they’ve sent the information down the line to get to crews. The color of the points is also changed as it goes from ‘New’ to ‘Reviewed’ to ‘Dispatched’. The pictures are the first lines of feedback from the field of what can be done to fix the outages. Pictures are sent in instead of findings if pictures are wanted and possible to be taken, when there aren’t that many findings, or if they don’t need detailed findings.
The pilots use some apps for flight support, for weather, airport advisories, etc. So we set them up with the Explorer app so that they can have a map dynamically displaying the utility’s transmission data in flight. We have embedded the map with various layers that we built for their needs, such as specific waypoints that they relay to air traffic control towers, hazard locations, and points that they should avoid due to public disruption. They’re able to use it for navigation, spatial awareness and reference.