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Drone2Map for Utility Inspections and Corridor Management

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Drone2Map for Utility Inspections and Corridor Management

See how Drone2Map supports inspection of electric transmission towers along a transmission corridor. 2D and 3D imagery created with Drone2Map are used to analyze the corridor to identify where growing vegetation is a safety threat to the towers.

The Cajon Pass, east of Los Angeles,California, is a busy corridor with many transmission lines, rail transportation, and an interstate. A critical wildfire in 2016 impacted the area significantly except for one untouched southern area. That area became of great interest for understanding the future impact of its vegetation on the corridor. Following the drone flight of the area, the captured images were quickly processed in the field using Drone2Map. The rapid processed imagery supported immediate tower inspections to survey the condition of insulators and other issues with the infrastructure assets. Back in the office, Drone2Map processed the images into 2D and 3D imagery products that were used in ArcGIS Pro for further vegetation analysis of the corridor. The analysis identified where the greatest potential for vegetation encroachment exists, and where a future fire incident could have the most critical consequences.

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