Accurately detecting vegetation clearances is vital to safe and reliable utility service. HAWCS shares this goal and has delivered a solution. Using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), HAWCS can measure all vegetation clearances to within 20 centimetres.

Decisions that have formerly been based on the human eye or with 2-D photographs (that provide no perspective) or even the use of thumbs to judge distance are inaccurate guesses at best to dangerous work practices at worst.

Decisions can now be confidently made using collected data from your annual aerial patrol.

LiDAR is an optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range and other information of a distant target. Scanning 60 times/sec the Laser scanner collects 30,000 points/sec. Relative accuracy between points is +/- 2cm.

Used in conjunction with a differentially corrected GPS each and every point is a geo-referenced coordinate in 3 dimensional space. A point is recorded on your network up to every 10 centimetres with the aerial team covering hundreds of kilometres in a day.