Bermuda: Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) has started island-wide survey of the entire overhead distribution system to update the company’s Geographical Information System (GIS) database.
BELCO uses a GIS-based damage assessment tool, known as the Incident Survey Tool. The Incident Survey Tool provides a solution for data maintenance, editing, and reporting that fits into the high-pressure business tasks that occur during and after a hurricane or other natural disaster, as well as normal everyday occurrences. It is designed to allow the end users to collect and maintain damaged pole information that is then loaded into a single database environment from which crews can be dispatched and assigned to repair the damage. The tool will also ensure that all work is tracked until completion. In addition, reports can be generated on damage to a particular circuit or specific damage types, such as downed or leaning poles. This is used to help management decide how best to mobilise the teams of people and to prioritise the work once the initial restoration activities have been completed. The latest survey will go on for six weeks. Once the data is collected, it will allow the management to understand and plan future resource allocation in different parts of the island.