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A Methodological Approach to Using Geodesign in Transmission Line Projects

Red Eléctrica de España (REE), Calle Anabel Segura 11, Edificio Albatros B, 4ª Planta, Alcobendas, Madrid 28108, Spain
ETSI en Topografía, Geodesia y Cartografía, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Calle Mercator 2, Madrid 28031, Spain
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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2757;
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 4 August 2018
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Numerous constraints affect the design of long linear infrastructures such as high-voltage transmission lines (HVTL): terrain slope, distances to urban centers or protected areas, stakeholders, administration, etc. These constraints must be studied as a whole to make the most appropriate decisions. In HVTL project development, a large volume of geodata is generated and analyzed in the project lifecycle. Each geodata scale is associated with a phase of the project and scale transitions correspond to changes in involved technical teams. Geodesign provides design frameworks and supporting technologies, so that professionals can share data and find designs suitable to the sustainability characteristics of each territory. This article proposes a geodesign workflow for developing HVTL projects, supported by methodologies and by automated model executions that guarantee the traceability of its development through the lifecycle stages. The aim is to minimize environmental, social, and local impacts, while providing stakeholders with tools for planning and decision-making. The workflow helps to integrate the geodesign’s principles, harmonizing corporate procedures throughout the project phases, taking into consideration constraints notified by stakeholders, through a design process guided by feedback-iteration- consensus mechanisms. As a result, it produces a transparent, visible, and improved participative workflow for developing new electric infrastructures. View Full-Text
Keywords: government support; geodesign workflow; geospatial data; project lifecycle; HVTL government support; geodesign workflow; geospatial data; project lifecycle; HVTL

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Moreno Marimbaldo, F.J.; Manso-Callejo, M.-Á.; Alcarria, R. A Methodological Approach to Using Geodesign in Transmission Line Projects. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2757.

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