Services include ground control, coordinate transformations, conductor sag measurements, weather data collection, lidar instrument offsets, quality control, ground truthing and scans of transmission routes on the ground where helicopter aerial lidar work was not possible –
Transmission Line Surveys
On the ground (profile surveys) and in the air (lidar), Our survey work provides clients with the ability to analyse the proximity of foliage to the conductors (infringements), so that power utility companies can plan their vegetation management. This includes finding ‘danger trees’ that could impact on the conductors if they fall.
It enables design work on thermal uprating, conductor and insulator replacement, new routes and re-alignments.
We survey towers using reflector-less total stations or laser scanning devices, to enable analysis of verticality, twists and deformation in the steel work. This tower survey work is carried out for insulator replacement and condition and asset surveys.
Previously helicopter based, Lidar used to only be considered for transmission line work, due to the expense. However, nowadays with improved scan rates, distribution lines can be included and even surveyed using area wide methods from fixed wing aircraft.
All of the work we have undertaken on many sub-stations is nowadays completed with laser scanning methods. This improves the safety of our personnel as the sites can be surveyed from their periphery.
All of the features of a sub station can be modelled from the laser point cloud data, including circuit breakers, relays, isolators, transformers, switches and busbar systems plus all visible conductors. We have surveyed sub stations in the open, inside buildings and underground.
Laser scanning and 3D BIM modelling of existing stations for modification and improvement works, plus monitoring of turbines for movement or misalignment. Buried cable routes – this has included work for offshore to onshore wind farm projects and intercontinental connector cables.
Laser scanning of telecom and microwave towers for maintenance and antenna alignment. Buried fibre optic cable route surveys.
Some of our first ever land survey work was for water distribution pipelines and sewage treatment works (STW). Our topographical surveys have also been completed for water treatment works (WTW), river and sea outfalls for processed sewage, waste water and intakes for drinking water. Dams and reservoir surveys for condition, flood risk downstream and reservoir capacity tables.
This work involves boat based bathymetry for the volumes below water and can include aerial lidar surveys for the above water map of the valley.
3D Bim modelling is becoming increasingly requested for WTW and STW treatment plant sites with complex pipework and plant items fully modelled after laser scanning on site.
UUD / GPR
Underground Utilities Detection – This is an essential part of the development of most sites. Checking for the location and depth of buried services. Topomaster Limited uses a number of trusted partners to provide this service
Contact us if you would like to enquire about a utilities survey or would like to talk about our work in this sector in detail.