New software makes field measurements safer and more efficient for power companies

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), a manufacturer of pulse-laser measuring instruments and systems is announcing the release of T&D Pro ver. 2.0 for Pocket PC. This field software solution collects and calculates most critical measurements needed for transmission and distribution lines. T&D Pro integrates with LTI’s reflectorless laser system and offers a safe and efficient method to perform complicated measurements in the field.

T&D Pro handles a wide variety of applications for the power utility industry, such as; verifying values for span, sag and tensions of multiple power lines. This can help determine upgrade capacity and power efficiency or can be used for accurate tensioning of newly constructed lines. The software also allows users to verify conductor clearances, attachment heights, distances between two points and more.

T&D Pro assists with improving vegetation management practices by providing a line clearance value where a tree may be in danger of hitting a line, if it were to fall. According to the final report issued by the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force, one of the main causes of the August 2003 blackout was the failure to adequately manage tree growth within a transmission line’s right-of-way. The report also suggests that “fly-overs do not allow effective identification of the distance between a tree and the line above it, and needs to be supplemented with ground patrols.”

Collecting measurements safely can be directly related to LTI’s reflectorless technology. Field crews no longer have to physically climb a tower or extend a height stick to a wire to obtain the measurements they need. LTI lasers have the ability to measure directly to the conductor without the need of any reflectors; therefore field crews do not have to occupy any dangerous areas.

The software’s touch-screen activation and step-by-step graphical aids are both contributing factors to increased field productivity. Another time-saving feature T&D Pro offers is that it can calculate critical values right in the field. Field crews can now make immediate decisions without having to take data back to the office for post-processing.

About Laser Technology, Inc. [ ]

Laser Technology, Inc. manufactures and markets laser-based speed and distance measuring instruments, which utilize proprietary technology developed by the Company. Its products are sold worldwide and are used in a wide variety of applications, including traffic speed enforcement, natural resource management, GIS mapping, surveying, sporting/recreational activities, and industrial process control. The Company’s headquarters and primary manufacturing facilities are located in Centennial, Colorado.

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