REAL-TIME POWERLINE CORRIDOR INSPECTION BY EDGE COMPUTING OF UAV LIDAR DATA
Keywords: Powerline Inspection, UAV LiDAR , Edge Computing
Abstract. This paper presents an innovative power line corridor inspection approach using UAV LiDAR edge computing and 4G real real-time transmission. First, sample point clouds of power towers are manually classified and decomposed into components according to five mainstream tower types: T type, V type, n type, I type and owl head type. A deep learning AI agent, named “Tovos Age Agent” internally, is trained by supervised deep learning the sample data sets under a 3D CNN framework. Second, laser points of power line corridors are simultaneously classified into Ground, Vegetation, Tower, Cable, and Building types using semantic feature constraints during the UAV-borne LiDAR acquisition process, and then tower types are further recognized by Tovos Agent for strain span separation. Spatial and topological relations between Cable points and other types are analyzed according to industry standards to identify potential risks at the same time. Finally, all potential risks are organized as industry standard reports and transmitted onto central server via 4G data link, so that maintenance personal can be notified the risks as soon as possible. Tests on LiDAR data of 1000 KV power line show the promising results of the proposed method.