Blom will acquire and process laser data for the Italian national transmission network manager, Terna. The data, captured with LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), will be used to identify interference caused by vegetation encroachment in and around powerline corridors.
In previous years identifying vegetation interference on powerlines has been carried out by direct observation. This is a time consuming activity, requiring experienced personnel to be on-site for many hours. Blom proposed an alternative process and Terna quickly realized that LiDAR data is a powerful and efficient methodology, ideally suited for this kind of application. It is expected that this method to identify vegetation interference will be regularly applied to the whole transmission grid in the future.
Blom will fly more than 1,000 km of transmission powerlines in various areas in Italy, simultaneously capturing LiDAR data and images for orthophoto production.
The Blom Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Blom owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on Blom data models and services. This strategy is backed by Blom’s major technical capacity in aircrafts, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. Blom has more than 900 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit www.blomasa.com. The demand of advanced and high quality geographical information is steadily growing from year to year. BLOM holds a strong position in the digital geodata market and aims to be the most innovative service provider and preferred choice for its customers.”