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News Releases : OPPD drone inspections keep reliable power flowing

Maintaining electrical equipment keeps power flowing to Omaha Public Power District customers. We know how crucial that is, as more people continue to work from and spend more time at home. That’s why Omaha Public Power District conducts regular inspections, using technology for the best vantage point.

The latest round of inspections gets underway tomorrow, August 4, and will be conducted by an unmanned aerial system (UAS), more commonly known as a drone.

Using the UAS, OPPD will examine eight substations throughout Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass and Otoe Counties. Inspections will last a couple of days. During that time frame, customers may notice the drone, accompanied by a white van.

The drone will be used to take high resolution color images and video, looking for potential problems. It will also be using infrared technology to identify hot spots, which may indicate worn wires or other equipment in need of repairs or replacement.

A radiometric thermal camera will aid the inspection by measuring the temperature of a surface by interpreting the intensity of an infrared signal that reaches the camera. The addition of radiometric imaging enables drones to capture temperature data in every pixel of an image.