The More Data, the Better

• Power Utilities

The More Data, the Better

Including local environment in the risk equation.

  • Problem: Local conditions can increase risk.
  • Solution: Factor this data into assessments.
  • Benefit: Accurate alerts, results.

We’ve discussed the numerous vegetation conditions monitored by Satelytics, including tree height, proximity to the corridor and wire zone, health, and speciation. But there are also environmental influences to take into consideration. Today, we’ll discuss environmental variables analyzed to enhance the assessment of vegetation risks along the transmission corridor.

Topography. Trees perched on an incline are subject to stress solely from an anchoring perspective. The same algorithm we use to measure tree height is applied as a digital surface model (DSM). This model can then calculate degrees of risk to assign to varying slopes. The DSM has proven valuable for transmission corridor managers, especially in mountainous geographies.

Weather and Climate. Temperature and wind affect the sag and sway, or “blow-out,” of transmission lines, which we analyze when establishing strike potential threat levels.

Our science professionals’ motto is, “the more data, the better.” What other information and alerts could provide value for your infrastructure and vegetation managers? All the above are learnings that have been derived from conversations with our customers regarding their desires to improve performance.

We always welcome customer expertise in guiding additional factors to include in our solutions. Let’s talk!

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