Prioritize: Analysis and Modeling

Vegetation management’s essential challenge is the effective and efficient management of large scale, as circuit miles or number of trees. The common industry practice is to perform cyclical maintenance across the entire network, assuming all vegetation and lines are equally likely to cause failure (e.g., outages, fires). TreeAM can help control costs under this maintenance strategy by reducing manual work and by improving business processes.

Only a small proportion of trees are responsible for actual network failure. The logical way to further reduce costs is by reducing the work done, i.e., prioritizing vegetation and utility asset maintenance, without compromising power system, environmental, customer relationships, and other objectives.

TreeAM provides customers with several tools to help prioritize maintenance assets, activities, and schedules. Examples include:

  • Simple or complex data and map based queries, e.g., any mix of tree and line characteristics available in the database.

  • Custom or third-party developed analytical tools and models to assess and forecast asset conditions and interactions between asset classes (e.g., trees and power lines).

  • Protocols for tree growth regulators and herbicide applications.

All these tools are modular and flexible, allowing customers to select what they need now and adapt them to future needs and technologies. Results from different analytical and modeling tools can be combined (integrated) to improve overall accuracy and confidence levels of maintenance decisions.

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