A mobile and spatial technology company has won the Victorian Spatial Excellence Award for Innovation and Commercialisation.

Geomatic Technologies (GT) won the award for its unique approach to the Bushfire Safety Clearance Program.

The Program is used to assist Victoria’s rural electricity distributors AusNet Services and Powercor Australia to implement efficient methods for measuring conductor separation across hundreds of kilometres of lines, often in remote and challenging terrain.

Geomatic Technology’s,  Alex Webster, said GT was particularly proud to win the Innovation and Commercialisation Award, as innovation is central to GT’s business approach.

“We’ve been able to develop and implement a new concept that greatly improves the efficiency of the electricity distributors’ field data collection, and the quality and volume of that data,” Alex said.

All up, three Geomatic Technologies projects were finalists across four categories at this year’s Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards.

“It demonstrates our strong reputation for business innovation with our clients,” said Alex.

GT’s mobile laser scanning solution surveys lines from a 4WD vehicle, capturing extensive data which is then processed to provide a detailed record of the state of the network. The Program takes into account key factors affecting the shape and movement of power lines, such as weather (temperature and wind) and the levels of power flowing along the lines.

“GT’s innovative system is an effective method of conducting the survey, allowing us to meet safety regulatory requirements,” said AusNet Services’ Distribution Program Owner,  Ash Ellawala.

“This spatial technology gives us detailed information about the spacing of our electricity conductors,” he said.

GT are now starting to explore other uses for this information.  This type of technology marks the future direction of network monitoring and management.

Geomatic Technologies is a Select Solutions’ business specialising in solving complex location, mapping and mobility needs for the essential infrastructure sector.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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