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Bipole III Transmission Complex - Environmental Monitoring

Using free satellite images to monitor permafrost and soil productivity

  • 1400

    KM Transmission ROW Investigated

  • 700

    Linear KM of Agricultural Land

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

Manitoba is protecting sensitive ecologies and farmland while building more environmentally friendly energy options

Our client, Manitoba Hydro, needed to understand the impact of Bipole III (BPIII) construction on permafrost in northern climates and cropland through the Red River valley. We stepped in to help.

The client implemented tree clearing techniques to mitigate and reduce permafrost thaw—they wanted to know which methods were most beneficial. Our team utilized thermal infrared (TIR) temperature data to compare right-of-way (RoW) permafrost sites to adjacent off RoW permafrost sites. By assessing the TIR images, we differentiated between clearing practices and determined those most effective.

Manitoba Hydro also needed to accurately identify the amount and degree of cropland impacted from tower construction and powerline stringing activities. By comparing adjacent on and off RoW crop biomass signatures from multispectral satellite imagery, we successfully calculated the amount of area effected and level of the impact for over 700 linear kilometres of agricultural land. The result? Our client had the information they needed accurately compensated producers impacted by BPIII construction.

Meet Our Team

Grant Wiseman, Remote Sensing Technology Manager

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George Kroupa, Principal, Practice Leader, Environmental Services (Prairies & Territories)

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Grant Wiseman

Remote Sensing Technology Manager

George Kroupa

Principal, Practice Leader, Environmental Services (Prairies & Territories)

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