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Vital maps indicating flooded areas of New South Wales were developed in a mammoth 24-hour international effort to help the state’s regional and rural electricity network restore power as quickly as possible, while keeping their crews safe.

Using geospatial data from satellites, digital solutions business two10degrees was able to create and integrate up-to-date maps of flooded areas for Essential Energy so it could better support crews on the ground.

“Many people in the flood affected areas face challenges with power supply while network repairs are underway, and network companies are committed to keep the network safe and supply available,” two10degrees Director of Business Development & Alliances, Paul Weiss, said.

“When Essential Energy asked us for a solution, we were able to quickly turn around and integrate flood map overlays with existing IVMS, so all users of the system could have visual access to current flooded areas and plan their crews’ response safely.

“This type of information is something we have provided during bushfire events; however, flood data is rarely shared publicly given the rapidly changing environment.

“Fortunately, our colleagues at geospatial business Geoplex were able to access satellite data from Geoscience Australia.

“That data was relayed back to a team in Adelaide, but given the urgency, a two10degrees team in the UK worked overnight Australian time to integrate it into Essential Energy’s system within 24 hours of the request.”

Ultimately, it has helped Essential Energy keep its crews safe and respond quicker to people affected by the flood crisis.

“The maps of the flood footprint allow us to better support our people who need to work close to flood zones,” Essential Energy Regional Fleet Lead, Michael Mills, said.

The flood map overlays will also be used by Disaster Relief Australia to help with its flood support and clean-up efforts.

“It’s heartening to see the work we’ve undertaken be used to help respond to such a terrible natural disaster,” two10degrees Senior Software Developer, Michal Kruml, said.

“It also shows the value of a globally distributed team working closely together to support our customers.”

This partner content was brought to you by two10degrees. For more information, please visit www.two10degrees.com.

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