AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Energy contractor Tuck Mapping Solutions is flying a helicopter over parts of Austin Energy’s transmission system to measure the location of wires and identify potential obstructions.

  • A contractor is measuring transmission wires
  • They are gathering data in 10 locations
  • Austin Energy hopes to modernize its electric utility grid

They are gathering data in 10 locations Wednesday. The data will supplement information gathered last year when Austin Energy did an aerial survey of 615 miles of transmission lines.

“An integral part of Austin Energy’s strategic plan is to modernize the electric utility grid to increase safety, reliability, and customer value,” said Dan Smith, Austin Energy vice president of Electric Service Delivery.

Austin Energy says work is expected to last one day, but if the crew is unable to complete all of the flights on December 5, they will complete them on December 6.