Future Vegetation Management “Observatories”: 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
Dr. Halle, Sonoma State
Reliability Based Management
System UVManagers - Reliability
Documentation and Promotion of Habitat Improvement of Right of Ways
Dr. David Spak, Bayer
The 2017 PG&E/CNUC Pipeline Vegetation Management Survey
Randy Miller, CNUC | Craig Kelly, PG&E
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.
Substantial Changes to A300 IVM Standard
Substantial changes to A300 IVM standards
LiDAR for Distribution Vegetation Management
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, Com Ed
Break with Exhibitors
Showcasing Environmental Stewardship - A Journey Through Compatible, Biodiverse ROW Ecosystems
ROW Habitat Video
Sara Sankowich, Unitil
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
UAA and SMA: Strengthening our Partnership
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.” This short and simple MOU has powerful implications if it is embraced by our organizations and industries. We will explore how this MOU has influenced the communications and collaboration between utility arborists, municipal arborists and the community. We believe 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
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Trees for Houston
The presentation focuses on how the nursery promotes the CNP brand within our footprint when Barry and his group plant trees in a park, street side or other worthy venue. The nursery also advances our Right Tree Right Place program since tall and low-maturing trees alike are grown there.
Going Out On A Limb - A dramatic shift in approach from 'compatible corridors' to control of public safety and reliability 'defects' has Hydro One on a steep learning curve of short cycle prescriptive vegetation management.
Values changes after a shift from being a crown corporation to a publicly traded utility readjusted the corporate focus to reliability. Vegetation Management was seen as most opportune vehicle to success on this front and has been challenged to contribute to a 40% improvement in tree caused outage reliability in 5 years. To achieve this lofty goal Hydro One is shifting to a defect based program that will define optimal cycles of work on various elements of a 115,000 km distribution system after a single focused pass through the system that will take 3 years after decades of 8 to 11 year corridor focused cycles.
Designing the Most Productive Work Day & Week for the Production Arborist
In this session we 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?
Professional UVM Program Update & Adam's Final Project
We will review updates to the PUVM program, discuss the curriculum, time commitments, who it will benefit, and the future of the program
Adam Warf, ECI - Environmental Consultants
ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Job Task Analysis: Overview, Summary and Trends
The Presentation will focus on why a Job Task Analysis (JTA) is important as well as provide the results and various trends identified as part of the JTA process. Included will be how the most recent JTA in 2017 was completed, how those results are used in conjunction with the ISA Utility Specialist Credential, and any trends identified compared to previous JTAs that have been completed.
Kevin Martlage, ISA
Break with Exhibitors
Utilities: What Are You Doing That is Different
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.
Each presentation is to be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Operational Excellence: Many seek it, few achieve it!
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. I’ll define success as Operational Excellence which is equal to results plus operational discipline. Furthermore, we'll talk about how each one of us can self assess our own culture of safety.
Paul Hursyz, Duke Energy
Rethinking Safety Within Utility Vegetation Management
Rethinking how the Utility Vegetation Managers engage with employees to foster a safety culture centered around learning and teaching. Moving away from the traditional approach of safety compliance by blame, shame and retrain. Acknowledging that even the not perfect and examining how managers create procedures/processes that are resilient to errors. The best employees are.
John Daubenspeck, Davey Resource Group, Inc.