Category Archives: Energy/Utilities

GPS-controlled robots can measure a site fully automatically and precisely anchor screws for the foundation of a solar plant.

Robots

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series xyHt in print, July 2015Above: GPS-controlled robots can measure a site fully automatically and precisely anchor screws for the foundation of a solar plant. Measuring and Anchoring As a child I used to watch a program on BBC television called Tomorrow’s World. Once in 1981, I...

Reed Sutter, support manager for automated meter infrastructure (AMI) and advanced meter reading (AMR) for SL-serco maps infrastructure at a water supply facility.

A Mapping App for Utility Assets

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series xyHt in print, July 2015How a service provider for utilities implemented a mobile app to clock up efficiencies in advanced meter systems. Editor’s note: Mobile apps for asset mapping and mobile data management went from “new-cool” to essential in just a few years. In our...

RFID tags take many forms. The inside of a tag shown above— designed to attach to metal infrastructure in harsh environments, such as water pipes and valves—has a thin copper “bow-tie” antenna with a minuscule chip in the middle. It’s shown contrasted with a grain of rice.

RFID

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015Above: RFID tags take many forms. The inside of a tag shown above—designed to attach to metal infrastructure in harsh environments, such as water pipes and valves—has a thin copper “bow-tie” antenna with a minuscule chip in the middle. It’s shown...

The R1 is a small Bluetooth peripheral GNSS receiver that is purpose-designed for mapping-grade uses.

Mapping Peripheral

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015A review of Trimble’s R1, a GNSS Bluetooth peripheral for mobile devices, with multiple options for correction sources. The idea of a GNSS “puck” has broad appeal: a peripheral GNSS receiver to precision-enable mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and...

John Heiser, a senior environmental research engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) collects solar data at the Long Island Solar Farm—a 200-acre, 32 MW facility located on the BNL campus.

Maximizing the Sun

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015Solar energy grows in part due to aerial imaging and surveying. Solar power is booming in the United States. “Every three weeks,” President Obama said in his 2015 State of the Union address, “we bring online as much solar power as...

Sanjeev Hirachund (right) and Sipho Shabalala, senior surveyor, pose in front of Eskom’s mobile scanning system. - See more at: http://www.xyht.com/energyutilities/power-scanning/#sthash.AsawhzMW.dpuf

Power Scanning

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series xyHt in print March 2015An electric utility in South Africa uses mobile lidar to manage costs and improve information flow. Founded in 1923 and based in South Africa, Eskom is a large company that generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; their customers are factories, mines, businesses,...