Aerial inspections provide a bird's eye view of the network to identify faults or potential problems. These inspections form part of our ongoing inspection program, along with ground inspections as required, to ensure the network is in good condition.
The Aerial inspections collect information about the network and the immediate surrounding area. There are two types of information collected namely High Definition Pole Top Photography and LiDAR point cloud.
- Pre Summer Bushfire Inspection Program (PSBI)
- Fireground HD Imagery and Assessment Program
- LiDAR Data Acquisition Program
Pre Summer Bushfire Inspection Program (PSBI)
The PSBI Program involves the visual inspection of the Essential Energy Network in areas identified as High Bushfire Risk. This program involves a fixed wing aircraft flying at low altitude, below 500ft, supported by ground patrols where required to inspect the Essential Energy Network to ensure it is in sound condition before the Bushfire Season. This plane will be displaying signage “Essential Energy Aerial Patrol”. View the schedule
Pole photography enables us to identify defects on poles to allow maintenance before they become dangerous failures.
The corridor photos give us the overall context of the span and easement condition.
Fireground HD Imagery and Assessment Program
This program involves a helicopter flying below 500ft using a camera to capture HD images of 25,000 Pole Assets in the fire ground affected areas. These images support maintenance activities on the network to improve network safety and reliability. View the schedule
LiDAR Data Acquisition Program
The 2021 LiDAR Acquisition Program involves the survey of 28,000kms of powerlines that will support Essential Energy’s ongoing network maintenance activities.
LiDAR is a surveying method which enables us to make three-dimensional models of the poles and wires to determine distance to vegetation, for bushfire risks identification and distance to the ground to identify public risks. View the schedule
Aerial patrol schedule
Aerial Patrols are an efficient method of ensuring that the electricity network is adequately maintained. Public notifications are issued prior to Aerial Inspections taking place within each area. If you have specific circumstances that require additional notification you can register for aerial notification prior to fly over.
Aerial patrols currently scheduled are listed below.
Key: PSBI program LiDAR program HD imagery program
|Crookwell and surrounding area||21 May|
|Taree and surrounding area||21 Jun|
|Junee and surrounding area||25 Jun|
|Port Macquarie and surrounding area||20 Jul|
|Walcha and surrounding area||21 Jul|
|Kempsey and surrounding area||22 Jul|
|Nambucca Heads and surrounding area||27 Jul|
|Armidale and surrounding area||27 Jul|
|Guyra and surrounding area||28 Jul|
|Glen Innes and surrounding area||28 Jul|
|Tenterfield and surrounding area||28 Jul|
|Casino and surrounding area||29 Jul|
|Coffs Harbour and surrounding area||2 Aug|
|Dorrigo and surrounding area||2 Aug|
|Grafton and surrounding area||4 Aug|
|Kyogle and surrounding area||4 Aug|
|Murwillumbah and surrounding area||4 Aug|
|Ewingsdale and surrounding area||4 Aug|
|Ballina and surrounding area||4 Aug|
|Maclean and surrounding area||5 Aug|
|Grafton and surrounding area||5 Aug|
|Dorrigo and surrounding area||5 Aug|
|Coffs Harbour and surrounding area||9 Aug|
|Dungog and surrounding area||9 Aug|
|Stroud and surrounding area||9 Aug|
|Bulahdelah and surrounding area||9 Aug|
|Taree and surrounding area||9 Aug|
|Gloucester and surrounding area||16 Aug|
|Tamworth and surrounding area||16 Aug|
|Walcha and surrounding area||16 Aug
|Port Macquarie and surrounding area||16 Aug