Fugro Undertakes Aerial Survey of AEP’s Extra High Voltage Electricity Transmission Assets in Oklahoma, USA
Fugro is helping American Electric Power (AEP), one of the United States’ major utilities companies, to maintain a high standard of compliance and safety and modernise its record keeping system. With its innovative Roames asset inspection and modelling solution, Fugro is deploying aerial LiDAR technology to survey almost 1,000 miles of extra high voltage (EHV) network and its surroundings, enabling AEP to complete digital modelling of its entire transmission system.
Processing the enormous datasets is a key component of the project. Fugro will utilise cloud-based analytics to extract valuable information on asset condition, vegetation infringements, operating distances and compliance with limit values.
“More and more utilities are adopting our Roames virtual world asset management technology as a means to positively influence safety, security of supply, operating efficiency and control of transfer capacity of the transmission network,” commented Anthony Palizzi, Fugro’s Regional Service Line Manager. “We are excited to work with AEP in the same way that we also support major utilities companies in Australia and Europe monitoring over two million spans of network on a yearly cycle through the Roames platform.”
The project commenced in October 2018, and Fugro will survey transmission lines throughout the state of Oklahoma, delivering processed data by the end of the year.
Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.
Employing approximately 10,000 talented people in 65 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2017, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
ABOUT AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER (AEP)
AEP is one of the major utilities companies in the United States, serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. It owns more than 40,000 miles of electricity transmission network, the largest in the whole of the United States, and is responsible for the maintenance, renewal and expansion of the transmission network. Next to that, AEP is responsible for more 765kV Extra High Voltage (EHV) transmission lines than all other United States transmission systems combined.