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Geospatial Intelligence Project

We're using innovative new technology to help keep our network safe and reliable.

Project overview

Currently, we inspect our network by having our crew drive or walk alongside powerlines over long distances. This can sometimes involve accessing land that is environmentally sensitive, could damage crops or are generally difficult to access.

We’ll be using a combination of drones, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft with advanced sensors to fly over our network and capture our network assets like poles and wires in high resolution.

The information we collect will help us monitor the ‘health’ of the electricity network in your town so you can continue to enjoy safe and reliable power. It will also mean:

  • A reduction in how often we need to access land
  • A reduction in the types of risk our crews are exposed to in their day-to-day-job
  • High level of vegetation inspection to help us prioritise where and when works crews will be required on site
  • We will be able to collect  power line clearances over roads and make this information more readily available. This new way of inspecting our network will reduce how often we need to access land as well as the types of risk our crews are exposed to in their day-to-day jobs.

If you have any questions, get in contact with your local Horizon Power office.

 

Capturing better information about our operational assets

Capturing better information about our operational assets

Currently, we inspect our network by having our crew drive or walk alongside powerlines over long distances This can sometimes involve accessing land that is environmentally sensitive, could damage crops or are generally difficult to access.

We’ll be using a combination of drones, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft with advanced sensors to fly over our network and capture our network assets like poles and wires in high resolution.

Enabling a safer, more reliable network

The information we collect will help us monitor the ‘health’ of the electricity network in your town so you can continue to enjoy safe and reliable power.

Some additional benefits include a high level of vegetation inspection, helping to prioritise where and when works crews will be required on site.

Enabling a safer, more reliable network
Flying through network maintenance

Flying through network maintenance

This new way of inspecting our network will reduce how often we need to access land, reducing the impact on businesses and residents when we need to carry out maintenance.

Our aircraft do create noise and cause concern to livestock as the aircraft passes over the power lines on agricultural properties. If we have your up to date contact details you’ll get notified by SMS before we fly over your property.

If you see or hear a Horizon Power aircraft in operation, please be patient and know we are working as efficiently and effectively as we can to keep you, and our network safe.

What does this mean for the community?

What's happening now?

Inspections began 30th of May 2022

15 rounds of inspections will be carried out across our regions from the 30th of May 2022.

Our aircraft do create noise and cause concern to livestock as the aircraft passes over the power lines on agricultural properties. If we have your up to date contact details you’ll get notified by SMS before we fly over your property.

You may see a Horizon Power aircraft in operation

If you do, please be patient and know we are working as efficiently and effectively as we can to keep you, and our network safe. 

If you have any questions, get in contact with your local Horizon Power office.

Get in touch
  • How do I know it’s a Horizon Power Drone?

    We’ll be operating any drones near a Horizon Power vehicle, which you’ll be able to see nearby. Our contractors flying the drones will have Horizon Power clearly marked on their vehicles. 

  • Why are you now performing aerial inspections?

    Currently, we inspect our network by having our crew drive or walk alongside powerlines over long distances. This can sometimes involve accessing land that is environmentally sensitive, could damage crops or are generally difficult to access.

    This new way of inspecting our network will reduce the types of risk our crews are exposed to in their day-to-day jobs as well as reducing how often we need to access land.

  • Can I use my own drone send you footage?

    No. This is because our drone pilots have undertaken training specific to inspecting powerlines and identifying issues. Our drones are also fitted with advanced sensors that are designed to work specifically with our inspection systems. 

  • How will my privacy be respected?

    We're only capturing data that is necessary to help as run a safe and reliable network. That means no personal information is collected, and we will only use the information for the purposes of improving maintaining and improving our network. 

  • Will you carry out ground-based inspections still?

    Aerial inspections will improve the way we inspect and maintain out network overall. We'll still be conducting ground based inspections as required. 

  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

    You can contact your local Horizon Power office here. 

  • Do aerial inspections create noise?

    Our aircraft do create noise and cause concern to livestock as the aircraft passes over the power lines on agricultural properties.

    If you see or hear a Horizon Power aircraft in operation, please be patient and know we are working as efficiently and effectively as we can to keep you, and our network safe. 

Town

Inspection period (2022)

Hopetoun & Esperance 

May - July

Norseman, Menzies, Laverton, Wiluna, Leonora, Sandstone, Meekatharra

July

Nullagine, Marble Bar, Bidydnaga

July - August

Broome, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Ardyaloon

August

Derby, Camballin, Yungnora

August

Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Warmun, Lake Argyle

August

Kununurra 

August - September 

Wyndham, Kalumburu

September

Port Hedland

September - October

Karratha

September - October

Onslow, Exmouth, Coral Bay

October - November

Carnarvon

November

Gascoyne Junction, Denham, Yalgoo

November

Mount Magnet, Cue

November - December 

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