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ROW Smart Monitoring for Wildfire Mitigation
Vegetation and Asset Management in Utility and Municipal Rights of Way 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

10:00am - 11:30am MT

Utilities and cities must act quickly to identify and mitigate wildfire risks in their Right of Way.  Join this webinar to learn how geospatial technologies can help.

 Sponsored by

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Supported by

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Media Partner

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Overview

As climate change drives increased wildfire activity around the world, vegetation management is becoming key to wildfire mitigation. When drought, climate change and vegetation management are combined with utility and municipality asset failures, wildfires may result and can have devastating effects on people, property and critical infrastructure. Utilities and cities must continue to act  to identify and mitigate wildfire risks in their Right of Way.

In this webinar you will learn how geospatial technologies can help to proactively monitor and mitigate wildfire damage.  We will discuss:

 

  • Identifying fire probability areas

  • Monitoring vegetation condition changes

  • Integrating workflows for vegetation management (Management, field crews, and contractors)

 A MUST-ATTEND EVENT FOR:           

  • Head of Fire Services

  • Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs)

  • Public Utilities

  • Rural Electric Cooperatives

  • Utility Engineers

  • Utility Service Providers

  • DOTs

  • Railroads

  • Local, state, national governmental agencies

  • and more...

Role of geospatial technologies:

  • Smart monitoring / sensor technologies

  • Geospatial modeling 

Agenda

AGENDA

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Mountain time

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10:00am 

Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: 
Dennis Fallon
Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association

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An introduction and overview of the day's proceedings, with an outline of the past, present and future of ROW smart monitoring for wildfire mitigation, and asset management in utilities' and cities' Right of Way.

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10:15am 

The Past: The Wildfire Crisis and How We Got There

Presenter: 
Dr. Jason Sibold
Professor of Geography, Dept of Anthropology and Geography, Colorado State University

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In the last two decades, the Western United States has been burning at unprecedented rates, The rate of burning in some regions is likely exceeding any other period in the last 2,000 years. Moreover, the incidence of extremely large "megafires" has increased significantly. Megafires, which can create their own weather that frequently further exacerbates extreme fire weather conditions, tend to be particularly destructive and challenging to contain. While the primary driver of this the rate of burning and the ever increasing incidence of megafires is largely a result of shifting climate, land use and climate history have also helped set the stage for our current wildfire crisis. In this talk, Dr. Sibold will illustrate the climate and land use history drivers contributing to the current crisis.

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10:30am 

The Present: The Wildfire Threat for Utilities

Presenter:
Jeff Wissing
Vegetation Management Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy

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A discussion of current issues for utilities facing wildfire threat and operational insight into mitigation efforts.

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10:45am

The Future: Industry Solution Provider Introduction: LiveEO

Presenter:
Anthony Palizzi
Vice President and Director of Sales, Americas, LiveEO

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The importance of utility vegetation management is growing as weather events become more severe. Also, there is growing awareness of the topic and demands by the public to make the grid more resilient against the ramifications of climate change. Consequently, utilities are exploring new technologies to limit the risk posed by tree conductor conflict. Satellite analytics is one technology that has recently made its way into the toolbox of utility vegetation managers. By analyzing up-to-date satellite imagery with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), LiveEO can provide utilities with a grid-wide overview of vegetation along their network. This information contains location data as well as insight into the height, vitality and species of the trees. This brief overview will highlight LiveEO’s solution, which translates this information into risk classes and actionable work orders that can be understood and worked with by people who have no background in geospatial science. 

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10:55am

The Future: Industry Solution Provider Introduction: Trimble Utilities

Presenter:
Michael Preston
Director of Sales, EAM Energy US, Trimble

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As Climate Change persists, influencing the way utilities address vegetation challenges, there is a growing imperative to employ advanced technology in order to effectively mitigate encroaching vegetation on utilities' infrastructure. Trimble has emerged as a frontrunner in tackling this issue through the utilization of asset management technology, enabling more efficient monitoring of vegetation encroachment. Leveraging a combination of LiDAR, Satellite, and Augmented Reality, Trimble's innovative applications equip utilities with precise insights into their vegetation concerns while significantly reducing the need for extensive field work. By empowering utility staff to make informed, data-driven decisions regarding vegetation hazards within the Right-of-Way, Trimble's solution revolutionizes vegetation control methodologies.

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11:05am

Industry Solution Provider Panel / Audience Q&A

Moderator: Dennis Fallon, Utility Arborists Association
Panelists:
Dr. Jason Sibold, Colorado State University
Jeff Wissing, Holy Cross Energy
Anthony Palizzi, LiveEO
Michael Preston, Trimble

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A panel discussion of the issues and available management strategies for wildfire risk mitigation, with live audience question-and-answers.

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11:30am

Closing Remarks

Moderator: 
Dennis Fallon
Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association

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Session wrap-up and audience take-aways.

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event features a virtual auditorium, plus intuitive one-on-one private meetings by video.  Meet and network with speakers, attendees and sponsors in custom video lounges.

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This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit www.gisci.org to self-submit the event curriculum for approval

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SPEAKERS

MODERATOR/MC

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Dennis Fallon

Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association

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Dennis Fallon is a Utility Arborist and Executive Director of the Utility Arborist Association. Prior to his current role he was responsible for leading vegetation management programs across several upper Midwest states on behalf of a large investor-owned utility. He’s also been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he facilitated the Utility Vegetation Management Certificate Program – a combined effort of the Utility Arborist Association and the Utility Vegetation Management Association. Fallon has an undergraduate degree in Urban & Community Forestry and a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul.

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Dr. Jason Sibold

Professor of Geography, Dept of Anthropology and Geography, Colorado State University

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Jason Sibold is a Professor of Geography at Colorado State University. He is the founder of the Geography Program at CSU, director of the Biogeography Laboratory, and executive committee member of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Jason studies forest ecosystem dynamics and change in the context of climate change, insect outbreaks, and wildfires in Patagonia, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. His work is focused on solving critical issues for forest ecosystem management, restoration and conservation. He uses a range of methods including dendroecological techniques, remote sensing, GIS and spatial modeling. He receives funding from the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Joint Fire Sciences Program, Department of the Interior, and the Aldo Leopold Research Institute. He collaborates with a wide range of organizations to address forest health and wildfire issues. Specifically, he has worked with towns and cities (e.g. Telluride and Aspen, CO), the US Forest Service (e.g. Lead Scientist for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests), and non-profit conservation organizations. At the national level, he has testified to congressional committees on pending legislation and worked with Senator Michael Bennet on legislation to address the wildfire crisis.

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Jeff Wissing

Vegetation Management Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy

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Jeff Wissing is Vegetation Management Supervisor at Holy Cross Energy. Jeff has been with Holy Cross since 1993, working initially as a tree trimmer and line clearing foreman, through to supervisory roles in line clearance and vegetation management. His on-the-ground experience has given Jeff a unique perspective into the challenges faced by utilities in the rural and Wildland Urban Interface. 

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Anthony Palizzi

Vice President and Director of Sales, Americas, LiveEO

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Anthony Palizzi is Vice President and Director of Sales, Americas with Live EO.  As a proven entrepreneurial business leader with a long history in the Geospatial industry, he was involved in one of the first companies selling commercial satellite imagery in the 1990s. Anthony has 28+ years of progressive experience in leadership, business development, marketing, and sales, and served in several executive management positions – leading geospatial, software, technology, and consulting firms. Anthony has a Master’s of Science/Organization Development from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Land Use from Metropolitan State University.

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Michael Preston

Director of Sales, EAM Energy US, Trimble

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Michael Preston is Director of Sales, EAM Energy US with Trimble Energy. He has over 34 years of professional Geographical Information Systems (GIS) experience focusing on implementing and analyzing the needs of the Energy Market (Electric, GAS, Pipeline, Telecom) throughout the United States. He has a unique perspective on the implementation of GIS systems within the utilities due to his past Energy and consulting experience.

Speakers
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SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS

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LiveEO is the leading solution provider for AI-powered satellite-based monitoring of large infrastructure networks. Trusted worldwide. LiveEO was born from the idea that satellite data, a vast and almost untapped resource, has enormous potential to transform our lives, and the world around us, for the better. The company was founded in 2018 with a simple vision: to apply this incredible trove of data about our planet to improve the way we do business, and live our lives. 

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The UAA is an organization of over 5,000 individuals with interest in and a commitment to the maintenance of trees and other vegetation for the purpose of ensuring the safe and reliable distribution of energy, including electric, oil and gas, to business and residences. The Utility Vegetation Management industry is vital to the safe and efficient delivery of basic utilities, and enables our modern way of life. The UAA is a member-driven organization providing resources in industry news & information, networking, education, certification, events, and continuing education credits. 

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Trimble Utilities provides digital asset and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions for electric, gas, district heating, communications and water utilities and local governments. Through a broad portfolio of cloud software, IoT and mobile solutions, Trimble empowers utilities with accurate data defining the digital twin as well as predictive model capabilities and analytics. These solutions enable optimal asset management and allow our customers to achieve resilient and sustainable utility networks and communities.  For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), visit: trimble.com

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