A. I. Unmanned Aircraft System for overhead line inspection
Hong Kong Energy Infrastructure Limited developed an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for overhead line inspection, which significantly reduces worker’s exposure to work at height hazards. Benefit from the dual camera system (4K and Infra-red cameras) of UAS, a thermal detection and 4K video can be obtained in a single flight to identify defective components and abnormality.
With the application of artificial intelligence software, power line and component defects can be spotted and recorded with location details automatically. The UAS enhances safety, quality and efficiency in routine overhead line inspection and also helps engineers and frontline to have accurate data to determine overhead line and cable components’ conditions, and the collected data can be used for preventive maintenance analysis in future.