Inspection of power transmission lines using UAVs

Ellis, N. (2013) Inspection of power transmission lines using UAVs. [USQ Project]

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Power transmission line inspection is an essential task carried out by power companies for the maintenance of a power network. The lines are exposed to the elements which
increases the rate of deterioration of small faults and when not repaired in a time efficient manner they can become a serious problem. Current methods for inspection
are labour intensive, expensive and are tedious and error prone for humans to perform. A possible solution is a UAV to perform the dull, dirty and dangerous task of power
line inspections.

As of August 2013, 16 companies were listed with CASA as licensed UAV operators for the purpose of power line inspection. With the maturing of the UAV and related
sensors the technology is now accessible to researchers to adapt UAV technology to power transmission line inspections. The next step in the maturing of the technology
will be to prove reliability and gain human acceptance.

This dissertation will research on UAV technology and present a method for controlling a UAV autonomously using visual navigation and analysing pictures taken in real
time for the inspection of power transmission lines. The dissertation will research the combination of automation and picture analysis in a field environment.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Low, Tobias
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:38
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2014 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: inspection; power transmission lines; uav
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400805 Electrical energy transmission, networks and systems
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8506 Energy Storage, Distribution and Supply > 850604 Energy Transmission and Distribution (excl. Hydrogen)

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