Manifold Analytics Pilot Program

Crowdsourced Energy Distribution Inpsection

Overview

Manifold Analytics is looking for partner relationships to test a new pilot program utilizing commercial grade cameras and incidental collections to provide detailed analysis to electricity providers and electrical cooperatives.  Since the majority of an electrical company’s distribution network resides along local roads and highways, there is a significant opportunity to collect continuous metrics on the distribution infrastructure with a minimal cost to utility companies or cooperatives.

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This is an example of a utility pole captured by different vehicle cameras on different days. Note: The lens distortion of the wide angle lenses has not yet been removed.

Data Collection

Manifold will supply a camera system to several drivers and have them passively collect around the coverage area.  This data is downloaded on to Manifold servers each day and processed on our internal cloud to extract information about infrastructure and accumulate a detailed database of the utility’s infrastructure. 

To keep cost and complexity down, Manifold is evaluating various consumer grade camera systems in the < $1000 range with a number of different modalities.

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Full Spherical Capture

This video was captured with a GoPro Fusion 360 camera in a full spherical capture mode at 30 FPS.

Hemispherical Capture

Traditional Capture

This video was captured with a Rylo360 camera in hemispherical capture mode at 25 FPS

This video was captured with a gimbal stabilized DJI Osmo camera at 30 FPS

Object Classification 

One of the critical aspects of the roadside inspection approach is neural network-based object detection and classification.   The initial detections from classification, helps determine what other algorithms will be run downstream.

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These examples show the object detection of basic utility components such as poles, cutouts, and transformers. 

Rogue Connections

In addition to power, most utility poles rent space to secondary providers like cable, phone, fiber optics, etc. 

The communication between utility companies, energy cooperatives, and these secondary providers 

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In addition to power, most utility poles rent space to secondary providers like cable, phone, fiber optics, etc. 

The communication between utility companies, energy cooperatives, and these secondary providers 

Line Sag

Pole Lean

In addition to power, most utility poles rent space to secondary providers like cable, phone, fiber optics, etc. 

The communication between utility companies, energy cooperatives, and these secondary providers 

Vegetation Encroachment

In addition to power, most utility poles rent space to secondary providers like cable, phone, fiber optics, etc. 

The communication between utility companies, energy cooperatives, and these secondary providers 

Post Storm Assessment

In addition to power, most utility poles rent space to secondary providers like cable, phone, fiber optics, etc. 

The communication between utility companies, energy cooperatives, and these secondary providers 

Geospatial Tools

Manifold KML allows a user to interact with the collected data and view information from a large system overview, down to sub-inch views all within Google Earth.

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Google Earth KML
Clicking will Download KML File

Note: The imagery in this example KML has been significantly

reduced in resolution to minimize download time.

Rail Gage Measurement

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The Manifold gage measurement algorithm can determine the distance between the rails on a track to within ¼”.  These measurements are made using a high end photogrammetric aerial camera and Rosetta image processing algorithms.

 

 

Rail Gage Inspection Examples

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