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Today’s trending topics explored by key industry leaders.

Extending the Value of Lidar Scanning Technology

Laser scanning at job sites using lidar technology is certainly nothing new. Building point clouds from data collected in this way has long been helping engineers, designers and project managers create efficiencies for project delivery. But in the current climate, faced with the rising need to...

Innovative Technologies Support Safe and Efficient Deployment of Teams

Keeping pace with changing regulations related to the spread of the coronavirus is an ongoing challenge for utilities and the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) companies that design, build and maintain critical infrastructure. Travel restrictions, health advisories and business guidance have evolved...

Adding to the Tool Belt: Augmented and Virtual Reality Headsets

Engineers are problem-solvers at heart. No matter the situation or the challenge, we’re always working to discover different, more efficient ways to approach a problem. As the many industries we touch shift and change, so do those challenges, giving rise to new issues and causing us to discover...

Transitioning to Remote Project Management

As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, remote management of projects is essential. Communities depend on safe and reliable infrastructure, so utilities have a commitment to continue moving critical projects forward — even when key personnel are unable to be in the office or field.

Facility Management for the New Normal

In the current environment — with staffing reductions and remote work being performed at unprecedented levels — various facilities present the need to be managed from off-site locations by fewer employees. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology could allow facility management work to...

Utilizing Drones to Maximize Efficiency and Safety on Spills

Effective and safe emergency response to oil and chemical spills is highly dependent on access to information — specifically, aerial photography of the incident site. Such photography provides critical information regarding the incident’s size, scope and potential threats to human health and the...

Data Mining at Mines Using UAVs

To the lay person, a picture is worth a thousand words. To mining industry leaders, UAV footage could be worth thousands of dollars in operational cost savings. Photographs — specifically aerial photographs obtained by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — provide critical information and documentation...

Deploying UAVs for Efficient Power Restoration and Outage Prevention

The electric grid is constantly exposed to severe storm elements such as high winds, lightning strikes, flooding and wildfire. Even when storms subside, grid components are subject to the long-term impacts of aging facilities, vegetation overgrowth and equipment failure. Preventing environmental...

Remote Pilot Aircraft Training Center Prepares Next Gen Flight Crews

Since the initial development and use of drones in the early 2000s, the Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) program within the U.S. Air Force has grown rapidly. Today, the Air Force trains more RPA pilots than conventional pilots, generating a need for new training facilities. At Holloman Air Force Base...

Augmented Tracking Promises Improved Material Management, Construction Safety

Major construction projects are massive undertakings involving thousands of parts and materials. Keeping an eye on the countless details is critical to safe, effective work and positive outcomes.

Can Smart Glasses Make Construction Sites Safer?

Builders serious about improving their construction safety records may soon be asking workers to trade in their current safety glasses for a new, “smarter” pair.

Better Data Collection Tools Can Hasten Emergency Response

When a pipeline leaks or power lines go down, timing becomes critical. The faster the response, the better contained the problem will be. Whether it’s a relatively routine problem or the result of a significant natural disaster — such as a tornado or hurricane — effective emergency response depends...

Augmented Reality Meets Asset Management: This Changes Everything

To understand how augmented reality (AR) and smart glasses could transform the business of asset management services, consider what happens when an important piece of equipment unexpectedly malfunctions at a factory or power substation.

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