Innovation Deep in the Heart of the Dams

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2017

“As things are now, the workers that deal with inspections remain in the tunnels for several hours without the possibility of communicating with the outside. In case of emergency, they try to report it with acoustic signals.”

The new communications system involves the use of an antenna installed on tripods to be positioned at the beginning and the end of the tunnel. During the inspection, the operator will wear a special backpack equipped with a small antenna and a router that will allow the use of mobile phones throughout the inspection.

Safety First

During the inspection, it will be possible to communicate with the outside through common applications that we use on our smartphones every day. In this way, the worker will be able to signal potential emergencies and share information about what goes on inside the derivation tunnel.

The main expected benefit is in terms of safety, one of the greatest priorities for Enel Green Power, which has always aimed for the goal of “Zero Accidents” in all of its projects, but the quality of work will benefit as well, thanks to the signalling in real time of what the worker observes in the tunnel. 

“Following the initial tests at Soverzene, in the coming months we will repeat these activities in other similar inspections. The new communications system will guarantee improved safety and efficiency.”

We expect to use a similar type of communication inside other tunnels in our dams, as well, where operators go daily, remaining alone for 2-4 hours without being able to communicate with colleagues outside. In this case, the installations would be permanent, ensuring a greater level of safety in all the activities of the dam guard.