PowerVision Site Advantage

The PowerVision Site Advantage

We know that data is power, which is why we’ve taken site research and analysis to the next level. Utilizing unmanned drones, we’ve captured high-definition rendered views of the topography and accessibility of each PowerVision Site. More than just a video rendering, aerial mapping drones have also collected digital topography of each industrial site.

We’ve developed a digital surface model of the entire industrial complex—with elevation data for the roads, ground and existing developed lots. The resulting geographic and engineering information can be imported into computer-aided design and drafting software, giving engineers working for potential site users the ability to model site profiles, cross sections and drainage analyses without even having to visit the site. The best part, it’s all free!

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Advanced Drone Technology

PowerVision Site footage is captured by multiple drones. The first takes HD images, while a second drone, called an eBee, surveys the site using an on-board digital camera to collect data points from georeferenced aerial images, a process called photogrammetry.

By combining the data with real-life elevations, the software creates highly accurate three-dimensional images (to within 0.6 inches per pixel) of industrial sites. From there, drainage data, utility services, roads, even building renderings made to scale can be overlaid.

Imagining what a 1 million-square-foot facility might look like on a 500-acre grass field isn’t easy. But in post-processing, PowerVision Sites can integrate a building rendering to a high-quality digital image of the site, taking into account hills, drainage issues and access points.

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives worked with engineering and site development firm Qk4 Inc. for the aerial video footage and digital site topography aspects, and technology firm Interapt on PowerMap, the mobile platform for PowerVision Sites.

By providing CAD files for free, in an easy-to-use format, we’re making PowerVision sites a lot more attractive. Utilizing the latest in drone technology and thousands of data points, there are no hidden issues. We’ve eliminated the guessing game.

– Brad Thomas, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
2019 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
AECE Award