Big metal bird [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

To: "'Denis Wilson'" <>, Peter Ormay <>
Subject: Big metal bird [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Perkins, Harvey" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:28:45 +0000

One of the Cooperative Research Centres I am involved with through work (CRC for Spatial Information) does research in this area, working on ways to increase efficiencies in aerial surveillance, particularly with Ergon Energy in Queensland. It is an area where drones could revolutionise the surveillance process.



Dr Harvey Perkins

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From: Denis Wilson [
Sent: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 1:15 PM
To: Peter Ormay
Cc: Philip Veerman; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Big metal bird


They carry a heat sensor usually.
Joints (splices) in power lines can get corroded. That then can cause "hot spots" which can ultimately trigger failure, or worse still, bush fires.

It is a normal way of monitoring long stretches of power lines in rural and remote areas, as Martin has indicated. 

Victorians will understand the cost of not maintaining power lines properly.

Denis Wilson


Denis Wilson

Are you amongst Greg Hunt's "increasingly hysterical environmental activists"?
If not, why not?
The Great Barrier Reef decision of 31 January 2014 is a travesty.

"The Nature of Robertson"


On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM, Peter Ormay <> wrote:

There was mention over the radio last week that the low flying chopper over the suburbs was inspecting vegetation clearance around  power lines.



From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:54 AM
To: 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Big metal bird


Yes this is off topic.

For at least the 90 minutes, there has been a helicopter flying loops over my GBS site in west Kambah (yes, mostly more than 100 metres and it is now it is more distant) with what looks like someone looking out the side. Such persistence is very odd. I thought maybe police tracking a fugitive. The abdomen of the helicopter carries the field mark of ActewAGL. I phoned and was eventually advised it is surveying infrastructure to look for equipment faults and fire risks. Strange but that is what I was told.



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