Cloud to Cable: A Drone Framework for Autonomous Power line Inspection

Oscar Bowen Schofield*, Kasper Høj Lorenzen, Emad Ebeid

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A large percentage of current overhead power transmission infrastructure is becoming aged, raising the demand for frequent grid inspections in an efficient, and cost-effect manner in order to keep it functional. Autonomous drones are a promising solution for infrastructure inspection, but require further investigation and development to be a viable alternative.
This paper proposes a drone framework based on open-source platforms for autonomous inspection of electrical grid infrastructure and for cable grasping. The framework incorporates a cloud service functionality to provide geo-location data of nearby power pylons; a localisation system for navigation near power pylons and grasping cables; and algorithms for finding and planning paths for navigation and grasping over cables. The proposed framework has been tested and validated in simulation, with the development of a UAV platform for future integration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 23rd Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date8. Oct 2020
Pages503-509
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-9535-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8. Oct 2020
Event2020 23rd Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD) - Kranj, Slovenia
Duration: 26. Aug 202028. Aug 2020
Conference number: 23

Conference

Conference2020 23rd Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
Number23
Country/TerritorySlovenia
CityKranj
Period26/08/202028/08/2020

Keywords

  • Autonomous missions
  • Cloud services
  • Detection algorithms
  • Drones
  • Framework
  • Inspection
  • ROS

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