ActewAGL takes flight to inspect its network

ACTEW-helicopter

ActewAGL is carrying out helicopter inspections of overhead powerlines from Thursday 4 February across parts of Canberra. The patrols will run until 25 February (weather permitting), and are an essential part of ActewAGL’s vegetation management and asset management program.

The patrol will inspect for vegetation encroaching on powerlines and will fly at approximately 350-500 feet (around 110-150 metres) in rural areas and above 1000 feet (around 310 metres) in urban areas with minimal hovering. The helicopter will be branded with the ActewAGL logo and take-off and landing will be from Canberra Airport.

The helicopter uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing technology to determine the distance between powerlines and vegetation. Vegetation deemed too close to powerlines are prioritised for cutting by ActewAGL’s authorised service providers in rural areas, or notifications are sent to customers or the ACT Government, depending on where trees are located in suburban areas.

The helicopter also takes high resolution pole top images in high bushfire prone (rural) areas to assess the pole top condition and prioritise ActewAGL’s preventative maintenance regimes.

ActewAGL will be posting daily updates on their website at actewagl.com.au/helicopterpatrols to let the community know where the helicopter will be. You can also follow twitter.com/ActewAGL to get up to date information.

For more information or enquiries about the helicopter patrol please contact ActewAGL Technical Enquiries on 6248 3555.