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. 

Pole top photo from aerial inspection

The corridor photos give us the overall context of the span and easement condition.

Corridor photo from aerial inspection

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.

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March 2021

Area Start date
Bombala and surrounding area 21 Mar
Bega and surrounding areas 21 Mar
Moruya and surrounding area
27 Mar
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

 

April 2021

Area Start date
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

 

May 2021

Area Start date
Orange and surrounding area
3 May
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
17 May 
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

 

June 2021

Area Start date
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