April 28, 2020 Tech Meeting: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Usage for an Electric Utility

Webex Meeting

Steve McMinns, LCRA Remote Sensing Specialist presented the ways in which UAVs have been implemented at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to assist in structure inspections, mapping, thermal inspections, videography, and safety. UAV’s reduce the cost and risks of inspections and can effectively track equipment condition. In addition, UAVs can save time and money the the aerial surveying of sites for new facilities, complementing the more expensive LIDAR techniques via helicopter.

About the Speaker:
Steve is a Remote Sensing Specialist at LCRA and UAV pilot with a background in GIS. Steve is an 18-year veteran at LCRA, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from  Oklahoma State University.