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Aerial Services Feasibility Study

Aerial Services Feasibility Study

ElectraNet is the private owner, manager and operator of the South Australian high-voltage electricity transmission network. ElectraNet’s current aerial inspection and patrol capability involves a helicopter hovering at each tower whilst an on-board inspector visually identifies insulator condition issues and records any identified problems with a hand-held digital camera. This process is time consuming, expensive and does not capture asset condition historical data.

In 2012 Nova Systems was engaged by Electranet to complete an aerial services feasibility study to address these issues. Nova Systems worked with ElectraNet to understand the current aerial inspection and patrol capacities. Using this knowledge, Nova Systems developed a set of high level business requirements to define the requirements of the inspection, and an Aerial Services plan to detail how to develop the capability. A short period later, Nova Systems was again engaged to develop a Business case as recommended in the Aerial Services plan. This document proposed a fully costed solution, for the life of the technical solution and included a detailed risk analysis.

In 2014, Nova Systems was again engaged by ElectraNet to undertake a detailed feasibility study on the currently available aerial service technology that is cost effective with the potential to reduce the inspection time. Nova Systems adopted a systems engineering approach to the problem in an industry where systems engineering is not often practised; to ensure that the end solution will in fact meet the clients need. Nova Systems repeat engagement with ElectraNet is testimony to the high quality work Nova Systems provides for its clients.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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