Alabama Power Company wanted to use UAVs to save cost and increase staff safety for inspections and storm evaluations for inaccessible feeders.
They are using FME to pre-identify inaccessible feeders as potential drone friendly corridors. They are developing a solution using FME to plan and visualize 3D flight paths to have a better picture before they fly. After the flights, they use FME to post-process index, catalog and deliver imagery that their UAVs capture.
FME gives the team flexibility to plan flights according to their requirements and governing regulations, reducing human error. This saves time and helps dispatchers across the state to know where to send drone crews. It also enables them to quickly post-process the data, automating data collection, storage, metadata extraction, cataloging and distribution. FME then automates making the missions available in a web map, visualized on a dashboard, and catalogued in reports.
Alabama Power Company is a subsidiary of Southern Company, and provides electrical power to 1.4 million customers in the USA.