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Trees & Utilities

Trees & Utilities

Omaha, Nebraska

August 28–30, 2018


Arbor Day Foundation Utility Arborist Association
Arbor Day Foundation Utility Arborist Association

2018 Conference Agenda

date  Monday, Aug 28, 2018

  • 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 12:00 p.m. 24th Annual Asplundh Golf Outing

date  Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018

  • 8:00–11:30 a.m. Utility Specialist Certification Workshop
    This workshop will review the utility specialist guide, helping participants prepare for their exam.
    Geoff Kempter, Randy Miller
  • 8:00–11:30 a.m. Women in Vegetation Management
  • 9:45–10:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Box lunches with exhibitors
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony/Safety Kick Off
    Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation President | Sara Sankowich, UAA President
  • 2:00–3:30 p.m. It’s Not Just About Me
    Tony Crow
  • 3:30–4:15 p.m. Break with exhibitors
  • 4:15–5:30 p.m. Utility Vegetation Management and the Wildfire Liability Exposure
    Large wildfires in California and the continual litigation has created serous concerns in liability insurance coverage for both utilities and the vegetation management contractors. This panel will look at the perspective from the insurers point of view. What do they believe utilities and contractors can do to mitigate that risk. Presentations from Insurance company risk managers will be followed by a facilitated Q &A discussion.
    Speaker TBD
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

date  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. 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
  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. Reliability Based Management
    System UVManagers - Reliability
    Speaker TBD
  • 8:50–9:35 a.m. Documentation and Promotion of Habitat Improvement of Right of Ways Dr. David Spak, Bayer
  • 8:50–9:35 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.
  • 9:40–10:10 a.m. Substantial Changes to A300 IVM Standard
    Substantial changes to A300 IVM standards
    Bill Rees
  • 9:40–10:10 a.m. 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
  • 10:10–10:55 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:55–11:40 a.m. Showcasing Environmental Stewardship - A Journey Through Compatible, Biodiverse ROW Ecosystems
  • 10:55–11:40 a.m. 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.
    Gary O’Neil
  • 12:15–1:45 p.m. UAA Lunch
  • 1:45–2:30 p.m. 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.
    David Price
  • 1:45–2:30 p.m. 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?
    Adam Larson
  • 2:35–3:20 p.m. 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
  • 2:35–3:20 p.m. 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
  • 3:20–4:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 4:00–5:00 p.m. 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.
  • 4:00–4:30 p.m. 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
  • 4:30–5:00 p.m. 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.

date  Thursday, Aug 30, 2018

  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. Status Closed Chain of Custody Lucas Beane from Lucas Tree and Sammy Keziah
    “Closed Chain of Custody BMP and Challenges at the State Level”
  • 8:45–9:30 a.m. Emerging Technologies in Utility Vegetation Management Jacob Hall, Quantum Spacial
    Remote sensing is an emerging geospatial data collection technology that utilities have adopted to build models and analyze risk to prevent utility assets from vegetation threats and clearance violations. Most remote sensing UVM programs focus on managing the evolving NERC FAC-003-4 requirements, which require inspection of minimum vegetation clearance distances, assessment of risk, quantification of vegetation treatment, or health assessment of forested areas within the right of way.
  • 9:30–10:15 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:15–11:00 a.m. Education, Engagement, and Energy-Savings (Panel) Kristen Bousquet | Pete Smith
    Learn how the Energy-Saving Trees program can educate your utility customers about strategic tree placement while improving the company’s image in the community. This turnkey, flexible program has now helped 50 utility partners deliver more than 250,000 trees to their customers, ultimately resulting in projected energy savings of 434 million kwh.This session will highlight how Energy-Saving Trees has helped partnering utilities to deliver a strong “right tree, right place” message to their customers, resulting in proper placement of trees—away from utility lines. Also, engaging community organizations to host tree pick-up events can result in positive customer relations through face-to-face interaction.
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