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 area around it. There are two types of information collected namely pole top photography and LiDAR measurements.
Pre Summer Bushfire Inspection Program (PSBI)
The PSBI Program is for the visual inspection of the Essential Energy Network in areas identified as High Bushfire Risk. This Program involves a small fixed wing aircraft flying at low altitude below 500ft 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”.
Pole photography enables us to identify defects on poles to fix them before they become dangerous failures.
The corridor photos give us the overall context of the span and easement condition.
LiDAR Data Acquisition Program
The LiDAR Program involves a fixed wing Plane flying at approximately 1000ft or higher, capturing LiDAR and Downward imagery of 28,000kms of powerline that supports 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.
The resultant point cloud is shown in the video below.
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 Inspection 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 scheduled from February to June 2021 are listed below.
Key: PSBI program LiDAR program
|Bombala and surrounding area||21 Mar|
|Bega and surrounding areas||21 Mar|
|Moruya and surrounding area
|Cooma and surrounding area||28 Mar|
|Braidwood and surrounding area||28 Mar|
|Queanbeyan and surrounding area||29 Mar|
|Yass and surrounding area||29 Mar|
|Bathurst and surrounding area||30 Mar|
|Goulburn and surrounding area||30 Mar|
|Crookwell and surrounding area||1 Apr|
|Tumut and surrounding area||5 Apr|
|Junee and surrounding area||10 Apr|
|Wagga Wagga and surrounding area||14 Apr|
|Tumbarumba and surrounding area||15 Apr|
|Cooma and surrounding area||16 Apr|
|Culcairn and surrounding area||23 Apr|
|Cootamundra and surrounding area||28 Apr|
|Cowra and surrounding area||29 Apr|
|Orange and surrounding area
|Canowindra and surrounding area||7 May|
|Bathurst and surrounding area||9 May|
|Mudgee and surrounding area||9 May|
|Bathurst and surrounding area||10 May|
|Albury and surrounding area||10 May|
|Orange and surrounding area||10 May|
|Molong and surrounding area||14 May|
|Oberon and surrounding area
|Parkes and surrounding area||18 May|
|Dubbo and surrounding area||18 May|
|Dunedoo and surrounding area||19 May|
|Gilgandra and surrounding area||19 May|
|Blayney and surrounding area||21 May|
|Dungog and surrounding area||23 May|
|Stroud and surrounding area||23 May|
|Bulahdelah and surrounding area||23 May|
|Taree and surrounding area||24 May|
|Gloucester and surrounding area||26 May|
|Tamworth and surrounding area||27 May|
|Walcha and surrounding area||28 May|
|Port Macquarie and surrounding area||29 May|
|Kempsey and surrounding area||31 May|
|Nambucca Heads and surrounding area||1 Jun|
|Armidale and surrounding area||2 Jun|
|Inverell and surrounding area||3 Jun|
|Guyra and surrounding area||3 Jun|
|Glen Inness and surrounding area||3 Jun|
|Tenterfield and surrounding area||4 Jun|
|Casino and surrounding area||4 Jun|
|Kyogle and surrounding area||4 Jun|
|Murwillumbah and surrounding area||4 Jun|
|Ewingsdale and surrounding area||4 Jun|
|Ballina and surrounding area||5 Jun|
|Maclean and surrounding area||5 Jun|
|Grafton and surrounding area||5 Jun|
|Coffs Harbour and surrounding area||5 Jun|
|Dorrigo and surrounding area||5 Jun|