At FirstEnergy, a 3D imaging scanner helps us create precise and accurate models of substations and transmission equipment. The device captures millions of data points, structured as “point clouds,” which software can render into 3D designs of a space with inventory of substation components and exact dimensions of the equipment.
The models have proven to be helpful when severe weather damages equipment and causes power outages because utility workers can refer to the 3D models on their computers anytime and anywhere to review data needed to make the repairs quickly and safely. The models also provide the company with an opportunity to protect animals and prevent outages without creating additional labor-intensive work for employees. We can order animal deterrents for our electrical equipment by simply reviewing the specifications and measurements recorded in our 3D models. We’ll continue working across all areas of the company to see how this device can provide safe, effective and unique opportunities to strengthen the power system.