In a nutshell, the ROAMES technology is an aircraft-based laser and imaging capture system which quickly and efficiently maps a network.  ROAMES creates a virtual version of the real world to allow the fast and accurate inspection and assessment of electricity networks and the surrounding environment, particularly vegetation, without the need to deploy field crews.

Dutch multinational Fugro purchased this technology in 2014. Today ROAMES continues to help us save millions annually in vegetation management. It contributes to a more reliable electricity supply, creates a safer working environment for crews, and helps get the lights back on to communities more quickly after a natural disaster.

We are currently part of the way through a third mapping of our entire 160,000km network. This data is giving us an unprecedented insight into maintenance and other priority issues.  Ergon also tapped into ROAMES to assess damage in the wake of Cyclone Marcia last month and it enabled our response to be faster, safer and more effective and efficient.  

The Edison Electric Institute runs the awards, which are regarded as the energy industry's highest honour.  Ergon Energy's competition in the International Affiliates category includes the US-based AES Corporation for its achievements in environmental health and safety, and Canada's SaskPower for commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. 

The winner will be announced next month in New York, so please stay tuned.