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Are you making good vegetation management decisions?

1/25/2021

Vegetation is a serious challenge for utility companies. Trees and branches colliding with power lines, poles and other assets, is a leading cause of service interruptions and can even lead to wildfires. Traditional approaches to vegetation management can be expensive and labor-intensive, relying primarily on manual inspections and static records of the last time an area was trimmed. But the variety of contributing growth factors such as tree species, weather conditions, soil moisture, health, and herbicide applications might create difficulties in tracking the development of trees in your territory without exhausting your resources.

Are you making good vegetation management decisions?

Vegetation-related outages are among the most prevalent factors affecting system reliability and customer satisfaction for utilities. Vegetation leaders must balance system reliability with the cost for service.

This includes:

utilities priority
Effectively determining the risk of vegetation to utility assets  Prioritizing and executing mitigation plans Monitoring the state of vegetation between cycle trims 

APM Vegetation Management solution

With the APM Vegetation Management solution, it is possible to overcome the biggest challenges of vegetation management: unpredictability and uncertainty. By combining complex weather data, satellite imagery, vegetation insights like growth predictions, and IoT geospatial-temporal data sets with Asset Performance Management offering, leaders have the insight they need to optimize vegetation management activities around budget allocation, work planning, regulatory reporting, hazard monitoring, and auditing as well as the tool to inject this intelligence into their existing vegetation management workflows.

Using this solution, transmission and distribution companies can:

  • Monitor vegetation and identify areas where vegetation and trees may pose a threat,
  • Calculate scores and KPIs to highlight potential hazard areas and facilitate the assessment of the vegetation situation of entire corridors or individual corridor segments,
  • Define and prioritize, using multiple information sources, vegetation actions that must be performed,
  • Optimize the planning of vegetation-related tasks,
  • Have more insights to inform their contracting process and drive the bidding process with a better understanding of what is needed, where, when, and why,
  • Enrich cycle-based vegetation management planning methods with condition-based approaches,
  • Inform the audit process using the remote inspection sensing techniques,
  • Integrate irrefutable evidence about the utility’s vegetation actions in regulatory reporting,
  • Overcome the burden of scattered information with data integration capabilities, unifying user interfaces and management dashboard views,
  • Make better, more informed, data-driven decisions—at a faster pace.

 

KEY BENEFITS

SCALE

Automatically assess vegetation growth across hundreds of miles of power lines.

FREQUENCY

Regularly predict and prioritize areas where vegetation may threaten power lines.

COST EFFICIENCY

Optimize workloads for preventive maintenance and rapid response at a fraction of the cost.

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