At A Glance
A large Europe based solar power developer with a strong presence in north America was initiating development of a 215 MW plant in north texas, US which was being built by a local EPC company. The client builds and manages utility scale plants with over 1+GW of development completed across Europe.
The challenge was to accurately monitor plant construction progress on civil, electrical and mechanical parameters . The mandate was to follow stringent internal guidelines of how the ‘as-built’ should match the design specifications. The client wanted to have a granular view of
Field control requirements
Sensehawk initially set up a digital model of the proposed plant. With the CAD files and design sitemaps, the plant was set up in the system with all components numbered and labelled according to the building plans. Teams for design, quality, construction management and inventory were also created in the platform. The plant model was displayed on an interactive, map based interface that could be loaded on the mobile or the web application.
The client uses their own drone to do weekly scans of the construction site. The visual drone imagery was uploaded to the software which auto-flagged the construction site features including civil works such as roads, drains, fences. It also highlighted the status of the plant elements such as piles, trackers, modules. The exercise was done over a 7 month period when the plant was under construction. Below are some images of the plant at close to completion stage.
The client project team could track construction progress down to individual components on the ground from their project office 5,000 miles away in another country. Automated progress reports made MIS and reporting a breeze.
The client also used the mobile application which had the digital twin of the plant to: