Digital Asset Management Solution in the Western Isles of Scotland

Scottish and Southern Energy Power and Distribution (SSEPD) has deployed Roames across their Western Isles network to help inform assessment of the network, prioritise refurbishment requirements and demonstrate the benefits of a transformational digital asset management solution.

Scottish and Southern Energy Power and Distribution (SSEPD) owns the transmission network in the north of Scotland: 5,300 km of high voltage overhead lines and underground cables serving 70% of Scotland, connecting major towns, cities and most Scottish islands.

Roames was deployed to capture SSEPD’s complete Western Isles 132kV circuit, covering 250 line kilometres.

Using airborne sensors, Roames Asset Condition Assessment provided millimetre-precise imagery of each pole top, embedded to the corresponding asset within the 3D model. It shows the state of pole structures, subcomponents and attached equipment. Algorithms detect defects and reports are tailored to SSEPD’s requirements.

A SSEPD spokesman stated: “The use of Roames has provided SSEPD with the ability to gain an in-depth view of the asset condition on this part of our network. We will continue to pursue use of technology to assist us in developing our refurbishment programme so that it delivers improved reliability and best value for our customers.”

Roames’ Transmission Service enables engineers to apply network-wide scenarios to increase performance and build in resilience. The automated construction of the 3D model includes tower detection, placement and orientation. Analytics and visualisation layers provide transmission-specific reports: tower types, centre points, heights, spans, distances and circuit information.

Key Metrics

  • First European commission (outside Australia) of Roames’ Asset Condition Assessment for pole-top reporting
  • 4,800 circuit km of OHL; 90 circuit km of cable (SHEPD)
  • 8 – 12 high resolution images of each utility pole
  • Around 1,500 structures captured in a single day
  • 96% of SSEPD’s network spans had vegetation modelled for clearance issues
  • 1% of pole tops identified to be in need of attention
  • Client

  • Scottish and Southern Energy Power and Distribution (SSEPD)
  • Location

  • UK