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It's Time to Re-Think Vegetation Management
Vegetation management involves regular monitoring and controlling of trees and other vegetation growth and changes over time to identify priority areas for pruning, trimming, and removal activities. However, vegetation management is more than 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.
Why asset managers need to monitor the vegetation
Overgrown vegetation surrounding transmission system operator (TSO) and distribution system operator (DSO) networks can damage power lines equipment, cause power outages, and wildfire risk.
For pipelines, it can cause gas, methane and water leakages. Vegetation roots can also potentially damage pipelines. Root intrusion, where roots grow into pipeline joints or cracks, can harm the infrastructure. Hydraulic uplift is another way that vegetation roots can damage pipelines, which occurs when trees or other vegetation absorb water from the soil, causing the soil to expand and exert pressure on the pipeline. Over time, this pressure can cause the pipeline to shift or break, leading to leaks or other breaks.
And 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Traditional and often outdated methods to monitor vegetation have their drawbacks
They usually don’t allow proper inspection of large areas of thousands of kilometres of assets, especially in hard-to-access areas and under extreme weather conditions. They can also be time-consuming, prone to manual human error, require many resources, iterations and data standardisation, or even require special permits to fly.
This is particularly important for maintaining the reliability and safety of power lines infrastructure, making it crucial to have an effective vegetation management system in place. Historically, vegetation management is performed based on fixed trim cycles, which take place between four and eight years. This is not an optimised and justified approach since it doesn’t rely on up-to-date and accurate data about tree hazards.
To help utilities tackle pressing challenges, Spottitt has developed an advanced utility vegetation management software, Spottitt MF for Vegetation Monitoring.
The system employs satellite vegetation management technologies and state-of-the-art algorithms for hazard tree identification and categorisation, reporting trees in bad health or dead trees near power lines, and flagging them for further inspection or removal.
Reduce Asset Faults, Maximise ROI
Using Spottitt MF for vegetation management, utilities can take proactive measures to reduce the risk of critical infrastructure failure, maintain assets’ integrity and customer supply while optimising spending.
Download the brochure to learn more about Spottitt MFⓇ for Vegetation Monitoring.
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