7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Breakfast Exhibit Hall B
Future of Vegetation Management Observatories Room 213
Learn about the value of industry/academic partnerships in understanding ecological impacts of rights-of-way vegetation management and engaging students of all disciplines in practical environmental issues. This session will look at everything from establishing a vegetation management research network on multiple sites to engaging students and faculty in real-world problems.
Dr. Halle, Sonoma State University
Reliability-Based Management Room 214
Participants of the 2018 System Utility Vegetation Management Summit will discuss reliability based management strategies in use today.
Aaron Dom, PPL Electric
Documentation and Promotion of Habitat Improvement of Rights-of-Ways Room 213
This presentation will highlight the benefits of Integrated Vegetation Management on rights-of-ways as it relates to enhancing pollinators and wildlife habitat, and how we can document, promote and communicate the benefits to our industry and the general public. Attendees will learn about the proper selection and use of herbicides as a tool to control invasive vegetation and promote early successional habitats – promoting pollinators such as honey bees, wild bees, butterflies, etc.
Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners, Inc.
The 2017 Pacific Gas & Electric/CN Utility Consulting, Inc. Pipeline Vegetation Management Survey Room 214
The presentation will cover the renewed UAA Pipeline Task Force and its initiatives. It will also summarize PG&E and CNUC’s collaboration on a survey of North American transmission gas pipeline operators in 2017.
Randy Miller, CNUC | Craig Kelly, PG&E
American National Standard (ANSO A300) Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Update Room 213
The ANSI A300 Standards are updated on a 5-year cycle. The A300, Part 7 IVM standard is being revised in 2018. This presentation will provide an overview of the elements that comprise the revised standard.
William Rees, BGE (Retired)
LiDAR for Distribution Vegetation Management Room 214
In 2017, ComEd conducted a ‘proof of concept’ pilot study examining the feasibility of LiDAR, near-infrared imaging and hyperspectral systems for Distribution Vegetation Management (VM). Although LiDAR has a proven track record for Transmission VM, it has yet to be an established practice on the distribution system. This presentation will cover the process taken for the pilot including: site selection, vendor selection/criteria, deliverables, issues faced and final results. The concept of volumetric contractual pricing from LiDAR data for cyclical trimming will also be examined.
Nick Day, ComEd
Break with Exhibitors Exhibit Hall B
Showcasing Environmental Stewardship - A Journey Through Compatible, Biodiverse ROW Ecosystems Room 213
Come take a journey through compatible, biodiverse, pollinator rich, stable, plant communities across the nation in the first Environmental Stewardship showcase video. Hear updates on the Utility Arborist Association Task Force - Managing Thriving Ecosystems on ROWs, including their findings toward the goal of identifying key knowledge gaps, practices, tools, and techniques to assist the utility industry in providing and prescribing the best possible approaches for managing thriving herbaceous ecosystems on utility ROWs.
Sara Sankowich, Unitil
Trees for Houston Room 214
This presentation will focus on how organizations and nurseries can partner to cross promote and educate the importance of tree planting and selection, such as Right Tree Right Place programs.
Gary O’Neil, CenterPoint Energy, Trees for Houston | Barry Ward, Trees for Houston
Structuring IVM - An Accessible Framework Room 214
When we talk about IVM, it’s important that we speak the same language. As vegetation managers, how we communicate our program intentions is reflected in how we operate. IVM best management practices span a wide range from non-selective structurally-oriented methods for clearing to highly selective ecologically-oriented treatments for biological facilitation. Based on this division, we propose an accessible framework for communicating IVM across a diverse working environment. This presentation is a visual journey through setting management objectives, defining expected vegetation outcomes, and envisioning treatment frequency and intensity under two IVM strategies: structural and ecological.
John Steelman, Grow with Trees
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Utility Arborist Association and Society of Municipal Arborists: Strengthening Our Partnership Room 213
On October 25, 2006, the Utility Arborist Association and Society of Municipal Arborists adopted a Memorandum of Understanding affirming that “We share the common goal of improving the quality of life for all of our citizens by enhancing the extent and condition of the urban forest and by delivering safe, reliable electric power.” Embracing this short and simple MOU has powerful implications. This presentation will explore how this MOU has influenced the communications and collaboration between utility arborists, municipal arborists and the community. Now is the time to place a renewed emphasis on this MOU and utility and municipal cooperation!
Keith Cline, County of Fairfax | Jack McCabe, Davey Resource Group
Utility Arborist Association Awards Lunch Junior Ballroom
Going Out On A Limb Room 213
Hydro One is on a steep learning curve of short-cycle prescriptive vegetation management after a dramatic shift in approach from compatible corridors to control of public safety and reliability defects. Hear about how corporate focus shifting to reliability has challenged their way of thinking.
David Price, Hydro One
It’s About Time Room 214
Let’s take a look at maximizing the work day and work week for the production arborist. How can Electric Utilities and their contracting partners design a work day and week to set up the crews to win?
Adam Larson, Wright Tree Service
Professional UVM Program Update Room 213
This session will provide a brief overview of the Professional Utility Vegetation Management course, followed by a deep dive into an example of a final project achieved through the course. This will include course curriculum and structure, budgeting and scheduling, and all aspects of designing a UVM program from scratch.
Adam Warf, ECI - Environmental Consultants
ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Job Task Analysis: Overview, Summary and Trends Room 214
Learn about the results and trends identified as part of a Job Task Analysis (JTA) and why a JTA is important.
Kevin Martlage, ISA
Break with Exhibitors Exhibit Hall B
Utilities: What Are You Doing That is Different? Room 213
The program will include a unique element where utility managers attending the Trees & Utilities conference will have the opportunity to share what they are doing that may be new to them and the industry. This might include new equipment, strategies for work optimization, use of technology or any other area of innovation.
Brandon Flemming, Portland General Electric | Chaun Hammell, Florida Power & Light | Jason Grossman, Liberty Utilities | Aaron Dom, PPL Electric Utilities
Each presentation is to be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Operational Excellence: Many Seek it, Few Achieve it! Room 214
What does operational excellence mean to you? Life is full of choices and our work life is no different. Success in our industry depends on outstanding human performance, so why do leaders in our industry struggle with how to place a value on safety in an operational setting? In this session, success will be defined as Operational Excellence, which is equal to results plus operational discipline. You’ll leave knowing how to self-assess your own culture of safety.
Paul Hursyz, Duke Energy
Rethinking Safety Within Utility Vegetation Management Room 214
Let’s rethink how utility vegetation managers engage with employees to foster a safety culture centered around learning and teaching; move away from the traditional approach of safety compliance by blame, shame, and retrain; and acknowledge that even the best employees are not perfect. This presentation will examine how managers can create procedures and processes that are resilient to errors.
John Daubenspeck, Davey Resource Group, Inc.