WAPA using geospatial software for transmission line inspection

By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (U.S. Army photo by Todd Plain/Released) - Workers from Western Area Power Administration de-energize high power lines, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52214825

This week geospatial productivity and collaboration software developer IQGeo said that the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will be using its solution to support its electrical transmission line inspection process.

The WAPA team will combine the IQGeo geospatial software with its Inspection & Survey application. The software will be used by field teams conducting ground and aerial helicopter inspection patrols, and vegetation surveys. 

WAPA is one of four Power Marketing Administrations within the US Department of Energy whose role is to market and safely transmit electricity across the US. WAPA is responsible for a 15-state region of the central and western US, supporting a transmission system of more than 17,000 circuit miles from 57 hydropower plants. 

The IQGeo software will integrate with WAPA’s existing GIS and IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software, supporting workflows that enable field crews on the ground and in the air to complete field inspections that can be shared with office-based staff for inspection status reporting.

“This exciting announcement with WAPA represents IQGeo’s largest contract win with a US federal government authority,” explained Richard Petti, CEO at IQGeo. “WAPA’s selection of our software highlights the role our mobile-first and cloud-native technology can play in helping to secure the safe operation and reliable transmission of a critical US federal energy network. We look forward to a very long and productive relationship with the WAPA team.”

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