Southern California Edison (SCE) uses light detection and ranging (LiDAR)-equipped aircraft to identify overhead lines with clearances that don't comply with local and federal requirements. This involves many utilities, including transmission, distribution, and telecommunications. In this class we will discuss how infractions are solved using a 4-step approach: identify, evaluate, design, and remediation. The LiDAR results show opportunities where man-made encroachments occur, as well as revealing environmental encroachments that involve vegetation management. We will look back at lessons learned to date, and we'll take a look forward at the future of advanced surveying and design systems. This all happens within the framework of SCE's enterprise level workflow management system.
Cole Smith has spent over 2 decades in the energy industry. He was most recently at Southern California Edison, where as a top-tier specialist he helped build and maintain transmission and distribution AutoCAD design systems. Currently he works as a subject matter expert for the Technical Planning department producing large designs that incorporate electrical, civil, and structural engineering. He has presented at Autodesk University for the past several years. He has real-world experience working for large energy companies such as General Electric, Atlantic Richfield Company, and California Steel Industries. He is currently pursuing his MBA in geographical information systems through the University of Redlands. He also serves as a principal for a Southern California mining company.