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NIA SSEPD 0021: Thermal Imaging Observation Techniques for Underground Cable Networks (TOUCAN)

Key activities

This project investigates a technical method using thermal imaging solutions as complementary tools in the context of locating underground cable faults in the power distribution network.

Expected outcomes

A range of thermal imaging devices will be evaluated as to their ability to locate or assist in locating underground cable faults and in which conditions. Practical comparisons will be made between the performance of low-cost devices with that of higher specification equipment. Substantiated recommendations will be made on whether or not there are benefits in equipping field operatives with thermal imaging cameras.

TOUCAN has now successfully transferred to BAU. We have over 250 handsets deployed across our network.


NIA £311,000

Start/end date

2017 – 2018

Project Manager

Kevin Dennis