National Grid is keeping workers safe during the pandemic with visualised 3D power station data easily accessible from home

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Remote teams working at National Grid required a way of visualising 3D site data from home. To keep the project on track, additional topographic data needed to be captured quickly, and in accordance with social distancing during lockdown. To overcome this challenge, National Grid adopted Sensat’s visualisation platform to access site data.

The project

To support National Grid in completing a design feasibility study for a new power cable route during lockdown, Sensat undertook a remote drone data capture survey of the land adjacent to Didcot Power Station.

With concerns project development could be delayed due to limited land access during the pandemic, National Grid’s project team not only needed an alternative survey method but also a way to visualise 3D data easily and quickly at home.

“Thanks to Sensat, our teams were able to easily access and visualise an accurate and upto- date 3D model of the site, with the addition of overlaying National Grid’s existing LiDAR data for its assets, while also being able to collaborate with teams from any device at home, at a time when on site management was restricted. Sensat captured the additional data we needed quickly via drones. This kept our workers safe and off site during a pandemic whilst speeding up the project.”
Ali Khan
Senior Investment Engineer
National Grid

The solution


Free 3D visualisation software

Sensat offered its cloud-based, visualisation platform for free to those in the AEC industry as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative over 20 users from National Grid, and consultants at Jacobs, used Sensat’s visualisation platform as a way to access accurate, up-to-date 3D data remotely from any device via a web based application.

Bespoke data capture service

To keep the project on track, Sensat’s in-house team worked with National Grid to collect additional topographic data in accordance with social distancing during lockdown. Utilising drones, the team safely captured the required data in just 3 hours. Sensat’s drone solution meant the data could be collected quickly, and without compromising worker safety in a global pandemic.

A powerful tool for design and consultation

National Grid has combined drone photogrammetry with pre-existing lidar data in Sensat’s visualisation platform to build context and create a better understanding of the site. The team are conducting clash detection on designs in their real-world environment, spot measurements, and can access accurate information relating to the site from any device to help information flow across disciplines and stakeholders.

Design feasibility during lockdown

1,095,355,308 data points captured in 2 hours 30, and delivered in 3 days​



Through Sensat, remote teams at National Grid are now accessing an accurate and up-to-date 3D model, rich with context from drone survey data, LiDAR, and CAD. The additional survey data, captured faster and safer than traditional means via drones, provided National Grid with the visibility and insight they needed to keep track of the project progressing without compromising worker safety.

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