Canadian provincial utility Manitoba Hydro has selected TerraPoint to supply light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology to provide a fast cost effective method to rate its transmission lines.

As part of a long-term agreement with Manitoba Hydro, TerraPoint has collected LIDAR data on more than 1200KMof existing transmission line corridors in Manitoba, during the past two years.

Utility companies across the US and Canada are looking to upgrade their transmission lines to meet growing demands for energy. Often, however, information regarding line designs is out-of-date, incomplete or missing all together. LIDAR technology allows utilities to collect the required data and make the best-informed decisions regarding upgrade and re-rating options.