Strengthening the connection of Australian communities: powerlines in extreme weather connections
Standards Australia has recently released SA/SNZ HB 331:2020 overhead line design handbook which aims to tackle the issue of powerlines in the harsh Australian climate. The handbook guides the design, construction and maintenance of overhead power line.
“This comprehensive handbook considers the many different locations and weather patterns of our country,” Standards Australia head of stakeholder engagement Daniel Chidgey says.
“Having resilient and safe power lines is essential in powering communities across Australia, and this handbook is another tool to help achieve this goal.”
The handbook has been updated to include safety clear zones, vegetation management, high voltage live working considerations and the design and construction of powerlines in bushfire-prone areas.
“Australia has been devastated by the ongoing bushfires in several states. As an organisation, Standards Australia will continue to support industry and government through guidance, such as this handbook, that considers the specific needs of current and future infrastructure in these affected areas,” Daniel says.
“Alongside industry, governments and others, Standards Australia is committed to providing standards and similar documents that protect the infrastructure of communities, in turn building a more resilient Australia.”