Albatroz Engineering specilizes in robotics, aeronautics, signal processing and computer science applied to the analysis of power line grids and 3D modeling with LiDAR.
It is team of 21 persons based in Lisbon, Portugal.
The goal of Project CHAPLIN is to use Long Range Ultrasound Testing to detect hidden defects inside conductor cables on over-head lines. The project is sponsored by the 7th Framework Program of the European Union.
Learn more at the Project CHAPLIN website.
Environmental issues around over-head lines
When transmission and distribution utilities achieve the highest standards in quality of service, measured in SAIFI, SAIDI or Equivalent Interruption Duration (or Time), the number of events due to asset condition is superseded by events coming from the environment, which should be regardad in a broad sense.
This is Albatroz Engineering's approach, mirrored on its first application for LiDAR based vegetation management, a key component of Power Line Maintenance Inspection.
Soon afterwards, the focus turned to storks who happen to be very fond of high voltage towers, and telephone poles too. Storks add significant challenges that stimulate some original, if not odd, solutions to reach satisfactory coexistence between birds and power lines.
Bushfires (=wildfires), pollution and lightning add further to the complexity of the analysis of the grid condition and to the requirements of power line inspections.
Environmental challenges are the subject of publications on vegetation at CMDM2013 (Romenia), on computer vision for stork nests at ConfeTELE 2013 (Portugal), on risk assessment at CIGRE2012 Canada and EEEIC 2012 (Italy), just to mention the more recent.
Such environmental concerns shape the activitiy of the company altogether, as stated.