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July 19th, 2017
AltaLink to Create 3D Base Map of Power System

AltaLink has recently awarded a multi-year contract to NM Group for creating a 3D base map of their entire power network that will be maintained through innovative technologies. The strategic partnership will create an accurate asset library for 13,000 km of high voltage network, to validate line ratings and ensure system reliability.

The project will use aerial LiDAR data to produce a precise 3D model and then in future years update this to incorporate any scheduled network alterations; ensuring the continued validity of the dataset. This approach will also help to manage risk by identifying any unplanned changes to the system. Examples include unauthorised buildings in the right-of-way or locations of vegetation growing too close to conductors.

Nick Ferguson, Senior Vice President at NM Group, commented on the project “We are very pleased that AltaLink has selected NM Group to model their network. We pioneered an intelligent approach to cost effectively create and maintain a 3D base map of electricity networks and we are delighted AltaLink see the value in this”.

About NM Group

NM Group, a Trimble Company, is a specialist service provider of asset management, survey and mapping solutions to the power sector. Applying a range of remote sensing and geospatial technologies, the company offers a full range of services from data acquisition through to analytics and web applications for wider access to information. www.nmgroup.com

About AltaLink

Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta’s largest electricity transmission provider. AltaLink is partnering with its customers to provide innovative solutions to meet the province’s demand for reliable and affordable energy. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering energy services to customers worldwide.  www.altalink.ca