SF Power and Energy Society Technical Presentation February 15 2017


Topic: Using Drones in Advanced Technology

Speaker: David Elizondo, Quanta, LLC

This presentation will cover the key characteristics and applications of ground based robots that have been used for energized transmission line work and maintenance. A summary of a past construction project using energized work techniques for a key application of ground based robots, including structure replacement or re-conductoring will be presented in detail, highlighting the benefits of the application of the advanced technology and techniques.  Economic benefits of energized transmission line work and transmission line design changes that would facilitate the introduction of robotics for transmission line work. A methodology that quantified the economic benefits of energized transmission line work will be presented along with example of past construction project that have shown positive economic benefits of energized work when compared against de-energized work.  The key characteristics of new transmission line that would be design to be “robotic friendly” will be described in details based on past research work.

Lunch will be provided (includes vegetarian). There will be a $5 fee to IEEE Members and a $10 fee to Non Members. Payments to be made in person (cash or check) at the event.

The SF PES Chapter AdCom is mindful of our environment and food waste.  As a courtesy, please email our Secretary, Rahul Anilkumar (ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com) no later than the day before the event if you absolutely need to cancel your reservation.  Thank you!  

  Date and Time




  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94102
  • Building: 505 Van Ness Avenue
  • Room Number: Golden Gate Room
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  • Please use the link below to register. If you have any trouble or questions about the event, please email Rahul Anilkumar at ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com or by clicking the above link.

  • Starts 30 June 2015 05:40 PM
  • Ends 15 February 2017 11:45 AM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: Non-Vegetarian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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David Elizondo, PhD, Principal Advisor of Quanta, LLC.


David Elizondo, PhD, Principal Advisor, has more than 20 years of electric power systems experience. Dr. Elizondo has been the principal investigator for a number of Canadian Electrical Association projects regarding energized work, particularly, technology watch on transmission line robotics, and methods for re-coating transmission line structures while energized, robotic maintenance and its implications for transmission line design, and state of the art review of unmanned aerial vehicles for transmission line inspections. Dr. Elizondo is member of the CIGRE Working Group of applied Robotics for transmission line work, and got his mechanical and Electrical degrees from ITESM in Mexico and MSc. and PhD. degrees from Virginia Tech.