Underground utilities such as cables and conduits are rarely seen, and underground electrical vaults are complicated, dangerous, badly lit, and sometimes full of water or ice. Vaults are hard to access and records of what is inside of them will often be missing. Using cameras and ReCap 360 software, the Locates, Engineering, and Operations personnel at Anchorage Municipal Light & Power are creating 3D models of these assets in hard-to-reach underground vaults. They then use ReCap 360 software to make these 3D models available to utility personnel out in the field or back in the office.
- Learn how to take photos to create a 3D model using ReCap 360 software
- Learn how to use ReCap 360 software to produce mesh and point cloud models
- Learn how to create and maintain utility asset data using 3D models
- Learn how to make 3D models available to field and office personnel
Everett Clary has worked in the water/wastewater and electric utility business for 16 years. His background is in IT systems, IT project management, and geographic information system (GIS). Most recently at Anchorage Municipal Light & Power (ML&P), Everett is incorporating AutoCAD software and GIS into existing engineering and IT systems. He supervises ML&P's engineering survey crew, locates section, and drafting/CAD/GIS section. He is working on making data that is available to office workers available to engineering and operations workers out in the field.
Forrest Roy has been working in the utility industry for over 15 years. He is currently the lead underground cable locator for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power (AMLP). In this role, he is responsible for managing the excavation damage-prevention program for the entire utility. In 2014, using ReCap software, he helped develop the 3D modeling program that has enabled AMLP to begin modeling their underground vaults and infrastructure. Forrest Roy and Everett Clary of AMLP submitted and won the Excellence in Infrastructure award during Autodesk University 2014. Forrest is currently involved in using new technologies and techniques to create 3D models and point clouds in ReCap software, Remake (formerly Memento) software, and InfraWorks software. He is leading the charge for more reality-capture technology to bring realism and substance to current 2D drawings, including laser scanning, structured light, photogrammetry, and 360 photography and providing a true mobile solution for field crews.