Powercor wanted to enhance the accuracy of its geospatial data

The utility improved network design, boosted GIS accuracy and cut site visit costs with Nearmap

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By implementing Nearmap as a layer inside Google Earth Enterprise, we can rectify GIS data, and accurately locate where our poles are in real-world terms.
Phil Southby, Senior Drafting Officer

Powercor Australia owns and operates the largest of Victoria’s five electricity distribution networks

By utilising high-resolution aerial imagery, as opposed to significantly lower-grade satellite images, into its GIS and AutoCAD systems, Powercor hoped to more precisely identify the location of infrastructure such as power poles and streetlights. This would reduce the requirement for site visits and improve the design of network projects. 
The Challenge at a glance

Powercor’s network is closely monitored, and it invests millions of dollars each year to ensure a safe and reliable service

  • Enhance accuracy of information delivered via the GIS system and more precisely identify the location of infrastructure such as power poles.
  • Reduce site visits.
  • Support staff in the field.
The Solution at a glance

Such is the level of detail Nearmap supports that Powercor uses it to verify much of its data

  • Verified location of infrastructure more accurately in relation to real-world features and reduced the number of site visits by integrating Nearmap with in-house GIS system.
  • Improved design for network projects by feeding georeferenced Nearmap imagery into AutoCAD.  Powercor drafting officers draw straight over the top of aerial photographic surveys, and provided project stakeholders with more detailed information, such as actual ground distances and coordinates.
  • Increased the productivity of lineworkers by providing them with clear, accurate site information on their iPads
  • Increased user engagement and reduced design error because of  minimal to zero training requirement.
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