Digital Utility Awards 2018: Best Use of New Technology

In recognition of the best new technology in place across a utility network.

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SA Power Networks

For its Machine Learning Algorithm (MLA) to convert and migrate CAD Drawings through an automated process.



  • Essential Energy for its use of drone technology to perform network inspection, condition assessment and vegetation management.
  • Horizon Power for its Horizon Power app, which allows regional and remote customers to monitor and control their energy bills.
  • Isle Utilities for its digital platform, Isle CATwizard, which provides a review of condition assessment technologies available worldwide, with a vast range of searchable parameters.
  • SA Water for its Smart Networks project, which uses pressure and acoustic leakage sensors and smart meters to improve service delivery, reduce service disruptions and better manage assets.
  • Water Corporation for its use of virtual reality tool ‘Holodeck’ in Safety in Design operability workshops, which enables the operator to walk around the proposed asset as if it was a built environment and better identify safety hazards.