Power Line Systems, Inc. (PLSi) and ikeGPS™ have collaborated to develop ikeSolutions PLS that is specifically designed for users of PLS-POLE™ software.
ikeGPS™ is an all-in-one handheld GIS data capture device that combines GPS, laser range finder, 3D compass, and digital camera. For Pole Audits, this unique device enables the quick and accurate location and measurement of attachments, heights and distances of a pole. This is done from a single image that can be captured from a safe distance by a single person. The device provides geo-tagged images of targets that can be accurately measured. ikeGPS™ is now compatible with PLSi’s PLS-POLE™ software, the industry standard for utility pole analysis and design – which means that building PLS-POLE™ structures is now automated and as simple as marking up a photograph on a screen.
Examples and Workflow
Contained within ikeSolutions PLS is ikeAnnotate PLS, a software solution that enables all field data measurements and photos collected by ikeGPS™ to be automatically imported into PLS-POLE™ to generate instant models. Once the data is imported PLS-POLE™ can perform design checks of structures under user specified loads. These models are rapidly built from components such as poles, arms, guys, braces, and insulators
PLS-POLE makes extensive use of 3D graphics to help you visualize your structure.
Using the photo taken from ikeGPS™ the pole is now displayed in its real world surrounding in PLS-POLE™. The user can select all elements accurately and view the structure from any direction – making any modeling mistakes immediately apparent. If you see an error simply click on it to edit the problem element.
PLSi and ikeGPS™ have collaborated to provide this unique solution that dramatically reduces field data collection costs while improving the design integrity of your transmission and distribution network.