Using Machine Learning for Bushfire Prevention in Australia

Utility Magazine recently published an article featuring the use of RIEGL LiDAR by Altavec, a RIEGL Australia customer, and how they are creating a 3D model of the entire AusNet energy & powerline network to help identify vegetation growth for maintenance to prevent bushfires. These fires can be caused if there is an accident or when trees and vegetation grow too close to the powerlines. Depending on where a bushfire takes place, it can cause catastrophic damage to wildlife and communities. 

With the use of a RIEGL VUX-1LR Airborne Laser Scanner and a RIEGL VUX-1HA Mobile Scanning System, areas around powerlines and vegetation which is growing out of hand can be accurately surveyed, allowing for implementation of a safety and maintenance plan, and tracking of when intervention needs to be taken. Altavec welcomed the invitation to present these findings earlier this year at Amazon Web Services’ AWS Summit Online ANZ event in May.

About the RIEGL VUX-1LR:

The VUX-1LR Long Range is a very lightweight, compact and rugged laser scanner that was especially designed for airborne surveying missions from helicopter, gyrocopter, and other small aircraft. The sensor provides a maximum measurement range of 1,350 m, an effective measurement rate of up to 750,000 measurements/sec., and an operating flight altitude of up to 1,740 ft AGL.

About the RIEGL VUX-1HA:

The VUX-1HA high accuracy mobile scanning system is a very lightweight, compact and rugged laser scanner, that is easily mountable to whatsoever type of moving platform. The sensor meets the challenges of terrestrial mobile data acquisition in both measurement performance and in system integration. It is designed to be mounted in any orientation and even under limited space conditions and is perfectly suited for challenging survey missions based on cars, trains, robots, etc.

Learn more in the issue below:

Utility August 2022 Digital Edition by Monkey Media – Issuu

About RIEGL:

RIEGL is an international leading provider of cutting-edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial and unmanned laser scanning solutions for applications in surveying.

RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially for over 40 years and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.

RIEGL’s core Smart-Waveform technologies provide pure digital LiDAR signal processing, unique methodologies for resolving range ambiguities, multiple targets per laser shots, optimum distribution of measurements, calibrated amplitudes and reflectance estimates, as well as the seamless integration and calibration of systems.

RIEGL’s Ultimate LiDARTM 3D scanners offer a wide array of performance characteristics and serve as a platform for continuing Innovation in 3D for the LiDAR industry.

From the first inquiry, to purchase and integration of the system, as well as training and support, RIEGL maintains an outstanding history of reliability and support to their customers.

Worldwide sales, training, support and services are delivered from RIEGL’s headquarters in Austria and in the USA; main offices in, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and the UK; and a worldwide network of representatives.

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About Altavec:

Altavec provides end-to-end services for asset assessment including: capture of Lidar and imagery, identification of defects, field management systems including auditing and compliance, digital twins and geospatial data services.

Our goal is to digitize and simplify the task of identifying and prioritizing risk and compliance issues on complex networks.


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