By inspecting powerlines we can ensure they’re maintained appropriately; reducing the risk of unplanned power outages and bushfires. Drone technology is a cost-effective and safe alternative to the regular ground based / helicoptor inspections we undertake as part of our extensive asset maintenance program.
|Ross, Tunbridge, Royal George, Avoca, Tulendeena, Legerwood, Rossarden, Woodbury, Branxholm, Antill Ponds and Oatlands.
|Ulverstone, Kindred, Sprent, Scotchtown, Forth, Smithton, Togari, Abbotsham, Brittons Swamp, Spalford, Christmas Hills and Montagu.
Cygnet, Franklin, Lindisfarne, Port Huon, Castle Forbes Bay, Taroona, Fern Tree, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardners Bay, Geeveston, Ridgeway, Wellington Park, Geilston Bay, Risdon Vale and Woodbridge.
Why are you using drones to perform inspections?
Drones provide a safe way to get close to the ground and near power distribution assets. Drones also reduce the impacts that helicopters have on eagles, raptors, livestock and other animals.
When and where will the drone inspections occur?
The drone inspections will be held all year round across the entire state, between the hours of 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Please note, bad weather may cause us to adjust our inspection schedules.
How will you let customers know when and where the drones will be flying?
There will be information on social media and our website. We'll also be sending an SMS to customers (whom we have valid mobile numbers for) with properties close to the inspection locations.
Who will be operating the drones?
Fulcrum Robotics have been contracted by TasNetworks to complete the drone inspections on our poles and wires. They are a local professional business experienced in drone technology and data capture. Fulcrum and all of its pilots are fully Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) accredited.
Will you be taking photographs of my property?
In most cases, the drones will be operating within approximately 10 meters of TasNetworks power poles and will capture close-up images of the TasNetworks assets associated with these power poles. No photos or videos are directly taken of private property or other unrelated assets in the area.
Will you need to access my property?
Only if the poles we are inspecting are located on your property.