Holland: Fugro has completed the acquisition of Roames Asset Services Pty Limited (Roames), based in Brisbane, Australia, from Ergon Energy Corporation Limited (Ergon).
Roames (previously a services unit within Ergon) specialises in high-resolution mapping services and solutions for the electricity distribution sector. Roames uses airborne sensors to generate accurate 3D models of electric power transmission networks and surrounding vegetation. The data collected through LiDAR and digital imagery are processed in a highly automated way. This enables electric utility companies to take preventative measures to cost effectively review and maintain their infrastructure and to manage vegetation growth.
The current annual revenue of Roames is around EUR 7 million. The 19 employees, including technology development staff, will transfer to Fugro. Fugro's agreement with Ergon includes a 5 year service contract (plus a 5 year option). Ergon has a distribution network of 150,000 kilometres of overhead power lines in Queensland.