Today, vegetation management
Vegetation management is more than just trimming trees and bushes. It is about keeping critical infrastructure secure from encroachments and wildfire risk to ensure safe, cost-efficient operations and uninterrupted service to customers.
Dangerous vegetation encroachment can damage electrical equipment, cause power outages and even trigger massive wildfires. Roots of vegetation may cause leakages to gas and water pipelines. For railways and road operators, it can mean safety risks for users and workers and delays in service.
Traditional and often outdated methods to monitor vegetation don’t allow inspection of thousands of kilometres of assets, especially in hard-to-access areas and under extreme weather conditions. They also can be time-consuming and require many resources, training or special permits.
What is more, traditionally vegetation management is performed based on fixed trim cycles, which take place between 4 and 8 years. This is not an optimized and justified approach since it doesn’t rely on up-to-date and accurate data about trees hazards.
Today, asset managers are requested to re-think and optimize vegetation management spending while enhancing the relevant service reliability indicators.
Reduce asset faults, maximise ROI
Using satellite imagery backed by advanced AI technology, Spottitt MF ® for Vegetation Monitoring allows
digital monitoring of thousands of kilometres of the grid in only a couple of days.
Identify hazardous vegetation timely and accurately and prevent infrastructure failure.
Download our brochure to learn more about Spottitt MFⓇ for Vegetation Monitoring.
Client Case Studies
UK electricity DSO with 3.500 km of aerial MV and LV lines.
- 1 helicopter Lidar analysis of the full network every 6 years, at a cost of €360,000
- Average annual vegetation management costs are about €190.000
- Vegetation management activities are calendar-based and sub-optimal
The company wanted to understand actual vegetation growth rates, but it will require more frequent monitoring and, consequently, higher cost if using traditional monitoring methods.
Spottitt Vegetation Monitoring allowed the company to optimize vegetation management activities, tasking pruning and cutting only when and where encroachment issues were identified.
Why Spottitt was chosen:
Spottitt MF does not replace the current vegetation management system. It only provides an additional layer of data which improves the planning and validation processes, with the necessary flexibility to accommodate the specific risk model of the company.
- Vegetation management costs were reduced by 30%
- 3X more frequent inspections for greater overall risk awareness
- No flight permits are needed to run the inspections
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Spottitt is excited to announce its involvement in the delivery of one of only 18 projects selected to receive just under 400k GBP Alpha Phase SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund) funding. The funding is awarded by Ofgem and Innovate UK and aims to find and fund ambitious, innovative projects with the potential to accelerate the transition to net zero. These projects aim to help shape the future of the gas and electricity networks across the UK and beyond.
Spottitt is happy to announce two winners of free Proof of Concepts (PoC). With the Spottitt MF beta program, Spottitt gave the chance to two utility network operators to get a free high-resolution analysis of 100 km of assets.
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