August 11, 2021
The transformative advantages of specifying and installing Covered Conductor as an alternative to bare wire overhead lines is well understood, and particularly so in climates that are subject to acute wildfire risk and in geographies and communities that are exposed to an amplified risk to life and property.
With advantages such as this on offer, at a time when the stakes are so high, one would expect the energy transmission and distribution industry to embrace innovation. In the case of Covered Conductor, one might have expected networks to have unilaterally ceased installation of new bare line network and embarked on replacement programmes of existing bare wire network.
This isn’t always the case.
Groundline Engineering are at the frontline of network transformation and the large scale deployment of innovation and technology such as Thor Poletest™ and Covered Conductor. With unique insight into solving the strategic, design and operational challenges encountered, a global reputation in helping networks successfully harness the right innovations to transform has been earned.
When navigating the challenges of innovation and wildfire mitigation it is hard to ignore the impact of legacy industry thinking, decision processes and the maintenance of ‘status quo’ in what remains one of the most regulated and conservative industries.
Groundline Engineering has found that inherently the challenges facing networks are not directly related to the technical attributes of any innovation and identifies four key barriers facing networks around the world in their aspiration to accelerate innovation and transformation: