Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, the primary power utility in South Africa advertised a tender for the “Supply and Delivery of two (2) Remotely Pilot Multi-Rotor Aircraft Systems (Drones) for Eskom Power Lines Inspections”, which closed on April 11, 2019. As per our previous Blog, Silver Spectrum Solutions has developed the DxLI and TxLI drone solutions for power line inspections. Based on the stringent specifications published in the tender, Silver Spectrum Solutions was requested to join a strategic consortium of highly specialised companies to develop the solution required by Eskom.
Silver Spectrum Solutions (Pty) Ltd together with SJT Management Consulting (Pty) Ltd – the Project Lead, Skysales (Pty) Ltd trading as Commercial Drones – the South African DJI Enterprise Distributor and United Drone Holdings (Pty) Ltd – an RPAS Operators Certificate (ROC) holder responded and submit a bid for this tender.
Our bid was successful and an order was placed for the Transmission solution in the latter half of 2019. The solution comprised of a DJI Matrice 600 Pro drone with an RTK system, CoroCAM 8 UAV multispectral camera, obstacle avoidance, a tested and proven aircraft certified by a laboratory to withstand the specified electromagnetic fields and accessories for the drone.
Silver Spectrum Solutions conducted testing of the drone solution at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) to ensure that the TxLI meets the Eskom magnetic and electric requirements. We also provided integration support for the Uvirco CoroCAM 8 UAV. The solution was formally delivered to Eskom on January 10, 2020, and the handover demonstration was conducted on January 21, 2020.
As part of the demonstration, we were required to prove the correct operation and functionality of the CoroCAM. To this end, we provided a simulated high voltage corona source and a thermal hot spot. The CoroCAM multispectral imager camera successfully detected the corona and thermal sources while in-flight.
The group picture below shows the people that participated in the handover. The team members consisted of the Eskom Line Inspection Experts, Eskom Aviation Division, Commercial Drones, Uvirco Technologies and Silver Spectrum Solutions staff.
Power Line Inspections is the core service that Silver Spectrum Solutions provides to our customers. We utilise the same type of aircraft that has been supplied to Eskom. As domain matter experts in this space, we can assist power utilities, municipalities, mines, etc. with all your power line inspection requirements.
Silver Spectrum offers an end-to-end solution for power line inspections. Our Silver Scribe Power Line Inspection App is used by ‘HV Regulations/ORHVS’ qualified Line Inspectors to capture detailed inspection notes while doing the inspection. Our automated report generation software seamlessly sorts all images taken by the drone cameras, correlates them with the corresponding inspection notes taken via the Silver Scribe App and generates the draft inspection report. Our Inspectors then validate the report and produces the final signed-off version. Using this fast data processing platform, we are able to deliver ‘fast inspection’ reports within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection. The delivery of ‘detailed inspection’ reports will be dependent on the length of the line, terrain access, weather and specific client requests/requirements.
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