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  • Monday, August 09, 2021
  • ACEP Intern Explores Advanced Technology for Powerhouse O&M

Luke Meiwes is an ACEP utility student intern this summer. He is pursuing a double major in mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to graduate in December 2021 with both degrees, as well as a minor in mathematics. 

This summer, he is working with Alaska Power & Telephone Co. to explore the potential of reality-capture technology to assist in engineering and operation and maintenance procedures in power generation around the state. This technology allows for virtual walk-throughs of remote facilities, point-cloud measurement in support of engineering design, and drawing and modeling of as-built and mid-construction conditions.

The project includes discussions with end users to discover how reality capture is applied elsewhere in the industry, as well as Matterport 3D imaging of AP&T facilities throughout the state.

“I am excited to explore Alaska through its power and communications infrastructure and to meet the engineers and operators who keep the electricity and data flowing,” said Meiwes.

Meiwes was born and raised in Anchorage. When he is off work and done with homework, he spends his time running, rock climbing, skiing and biking. After graduation, he plans to work in renewable power generation.

Meiwes’ project is part of the ACEP Utility Student Internship program and is funded through the ARCTIC Program by the Office of Naval Research. For more information on the internship program, please contact Heike Merkel at


Luke Meiwes is an ACEP utility student intern this is summer working with Alaska Power & Telephone Co. Photo courtesy of Luke Meiwes.