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Powerline Bushfire Safety Program - Vegetation Detection Challenge

Submitted by Powerline Bushfire Safety Program on Thursday, 30th November - 0.07.

In 2017 the Victorian Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) called on the data science and technology community for bright ideas to detect vegetation faults on powerlines to improve powerline safety and avoid potential fire risks.

The Vegetation Detection Challenge (the Challenge) made available comprehensive research data of electrical characteristics of powerline faults for three particular plant species. Four shortlisted teams extrapolated the data to develop a vegetation detection algorithm.

The full set of data, including tests for 12 vegetation species is still available for use on Data.Vic.

The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program, Research & Development team aims for this initiative to stimulate the development of existing data to be potentially turned into effective technologies for real-life application of the future.  

The best proposal in the Challenge received government support to access industry and research collaborators to aid in progressing their innovative concept to potentially develop improved detection equipment.

Watch the video to hear from the competing teams and find out who was awarded the Challenge winner.

Read the proposal summary sheets developed by the teams below. For access to the team's algorithms, please refer to the PBSP Vegetation Detection Challenge page.

If you would like to discuss the vegetation conduction ignition data with the PBSP, please email

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Please note that the relevant team are the owners of intellectual property in the algorithm, which has been licensed to the State in accordance with the terms and conditions of participation in the Vegetation Detection Challenge.

If you wish to reproduce, publish, communicate to the public, adapt, modify or otherwise use the algorithm, you must first contact the relevant team.


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