MHI has partnered with Burns & McDonnell to implement its VisualSpection™ platform, an augmented reality software for wearable devices. Under an agreement with MHI, Burns & McDonnell is the exclusive AE firm providing VisualSpection throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“We are proud to work with Burns & McDonnell on this significant initiative — providing a seamless and practical method of retrieving big data and turning it into an easy-to-understand format with clear solutions,” said David Enns, Managing Director, T&D Solutions, MHI.
A Burns & McDonnell engineering team first piloted the VisualSpection software in 2017. This project led to multiple successful pilot programs within Burns & McDonnell that tested multiple use cases based on actual projects for utility clients. In addition to utilities, the team tested practical application use cases for projects in the oil and gas and aviation industries, two sectors with highly complex mechanical and electrical systems that frequently need visual inspection for early detection of problems.
“There are many benefits to utility users of VisualSpection, but we believe safety and cost savings will certainly rise to the top of the list. The data available will eliminate the need for many physical inspections of equipment in substations, transmission and distribution lines, and other facilities. Utility field crews will have key data that allows early detection of problems so they can be fixed before they result in equipment failure.” — said Jim Hogan, Senior Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Group, Burns & McDonnell