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Utility Line Inspection, Clearance
and Vegetation Management

February 24, 2022

A virtual event focusing on innovators in field data collection technology, remote sensing and

GIS applications for utility maintenance, design, inspection and other operations


Sponsored by

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
All times in US Mountain time


9:00am - 9:15am

Moderator's Welcome Remarks


Emcee and Moderator: Joseph Paiva
CEO, GeoLearn

An introduction and overview of the day's proceedings.


9:15am - 9:45am

Trends and Best Practices in Utility Vegetation Work Management Software

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B. Christopher Kelly, CEO and Co-Founder, Clearion

Over the past decade, software solutions to support utility vegetation management have become widely adopted. The capabilities and uses of these software systems have been driven by utility industry trends, such as outsourcing strategies, sustainability programs, and the growing use of remote sensing. Broader technology trends, such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and cybersecurity also contribute to the evolution of UVM software. This presentation will explore these trends and describe how modern work management software can used to meet emerging challenges and create better outcomes.


9:45am - 11:15am

Panel Discussion: Tools and Data Sources for Utility Line Inspection, Clearance and Vegetation Management 

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Panel Session Moderator:
Dennis Fallon, Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association
Peter Atalla, Founder & CEO, Voxelmaps
Hayden Howard, Vice President, CompassData
Ron Chapple, CEO, GEO1
Larry Fox, VP Marketing & Business Development, Bad Elf LLC

This panel session will include professionals from organizations involved in the capture of vegetation encroachment insights via manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft, mobile mapping systems and boots on the ground.  The panel will also discuss AI and modeling using captured data. The participants will discuss the tools they use to capture the content used across various vegetation management tool sets. 


11:15am - 11:45am

Monitoring Infrastructure Resources Using Space-Based Assets

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Sven Przywarra, Founder, LiveEO

This session will discuss LiveEO’s capabilities in monitoring infrastructure resources/networks using space-based assets, with a specific focus on vegetation management.


11:45am - 12:15pm

Brown Bag Lunch and Virtual Networking

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A must attend event for anyone involved in utility maintenance, design, and other operations, including inspection and vegetation management, for both utility transmission and distribution networks. Attend and hear from experts who are innovators in field data collection technology, remote sensing and geographic information system applications to tie the flow of enterprise information to reportable actions and field maintenance advisories and on-call services.

Roundtable Discussions

Enjoy sharing insights with colleagues on a more informal basis? Curated virtual roundtables will give you and other members of the audience a chance to:

  • Connect on common industry challenges and successes

  • Build a sense of community and new connections

  • Evolve through benchmarking and peer learning

 WHO WILL ATTEND:                                      

  • Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs)

  • Public Utilities

  • Rural Electric Cooperatives

  • Utility Engineers

  • Utility Service Providers

  • DOTs

  • Railroads

  • Governmental Agencies

  • and more...

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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.



Event Emcee/Moderator

Panel Session Moderator

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Joseph Paiva

Principal, Geolearn LLC

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE is CEO of GeoLearn, an online education company providing online continuing education to the geospatial community.  Paiva's career includes surveying and engineering practice, including management and ownership, various roles including vice president at Sokkia and Trimble, several years as a consultant in various areas of surveying which included expert witness research and testimony. While his work at Sokkia and Trimble culminated with management responsibilities, his core work was in the areas of product development, application expertise and management of development teams.


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Dennis Fallon

Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association

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.

Peter Atalla

Peter Atalla

Founder and CEO, Voxelmaps Inc

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Peter Atalla is CEO and Founder of Voxelmaps Inc, a leading GIS mapping company building 4D Maps for Machines. He has been in the mapping industry for 17 years and has led large scale international mapping projects for some of the biggest technology companies in the world. Previously he was CEO and founder of Navmii a navigation and mapping company with over 30 million users that mapped 180 countries. Peter is a technology entrepreneur with 2 successful exits.


Ron Chapple


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Ron Chapple has over 30 years flying in helicopters creating images, video, and LiDAR. As founder of GEO1 and Aerial Filmworks, Ron continually invests in new  technology, and explores the optimal methodology for processing and analyzing remote sensing data. Clients include television networks such as Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, and National Geographic to survey projects for USGS, FEMA, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Hong Kong International Airport Authority, and the Army Corp of Engineers. Ron has won an Emmy Award for his aerial work on a PBS series, contributed artwork to the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum, and shared a Pulitzer Prize for a multi-disciplinary video and LiDAR project with USA Today.


Hayden Howard

Vice President, CompassData

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Hayden is Vice President of CompassData, Inc. He has accumulated a vast amount of field survey experience, in-office processing experience and has a keen knowledge of the different geodetic requirements put forth by customers around the world. Hayden has collected data in multiple countries from the Outback of Australia to the Arctic Circle of Alaska. He has managed the collection, post-processing and final deliverables of large projects both domestically and internationally. He has worked with multiple satellite, aerial imagery, LiDAR and RADAR providers, and understands the requirements for terrestrial data collection to tie a remotely sensed product to the ground. Hayden is head of business development and sales for the CompassData team. He is well known and well respected in the industry for his knowledge of the technology and his ability to bring innovation and success to the corporation.

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Larry Fox

VP Marketing & Business Development, Bad Elf LLC

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Larry Fox is VP of Marketing and Business Development at Bad Elf, LLC. He has over twenty years of experience as a product visionary, business development, and technology strategist. He is an innovator with the ability to identify, design and launch complex hardware and software solutions, Fox has leadership experience with diverse and highly dynamic teams from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, he has patented expertise in GNSS/GPS technologies, mobile applications, web development, and wireless communication solutions.

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B. Christopher Kelly

CEO and Co-Founder, Clearion

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Chris Kelly is the CEO and Co-founder of Clearion, a global software company providing inspection and maintenance management solutions for the utility and transportation industries. During his 25-year career Chris has developed deep expertise at the intersection of field operations, geospatial technology, and sustainability initiatives.  In addition to his role at Clearion, Chris serves on the board of the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, The Ray Advisory Council, and coaches high school golf in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

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Sven Przywarra

Founder, Live EO

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Sven Przywarra founded the Earth observation company LiveEO together with Daniel Seidel in 2017. LiveEO is a global market leader in satellite-based infrastructure monitoring solutions. Prior to founding LiveEO, Sven and Daniel initiated NewSpaceVision, Europe's largest NewSpace event series, and podcast with the goal to connect the industry. At LiveEO, Sven and Daniel are leading a team of more than 70 people working on bringing the insights of Earth observation to utilities worldwide. Sven has recently been selected as one of Forbes 30 under 30. 



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Voxelmaps is building the world’s most accurate 4D volumetric model of the earth, combining high resolution scans using the latest LiDAR and HD imaging sensors, fused with temporal data. The result is a new form of mapping which provides superior levels of accuracy and information of the areas mapped. Voxelmaps has developed a technology that splits the planet into a dense matrix of multi-resolution voxels, each voxel has a permanent location and address. The automated feature extraction is performed using Voxelmaps’ developed AI software tools.

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Established in 2014, the award-winning GEO1 team enables creative vision through use of the newest lidar and imaging sensors. Our skilled operators uniquely configure each acquisition project to provide lidar and imagery that serves individual client needs. Our geospatial analysts are capable of providing a diverse range of data processing and analytic solutions, which include creating 3-dimensional digital models, colorized point clouds, and annotated datasets.

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GeoLearn is an online education company founded in 2013 by leaders in the geospatial industry and exists to serve professionals in the surveying, mapping, GIS and related communities with interactive online videos designed to be engaging and immersive. GeoLearn offers professional development courses that are taught by acknowledged experts and have been approved for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and are accepted as continuing education credit by most licensing boards and accrediting organizations. As users, customers get full course tracking and reporting capabilities. GeoLearn also supports tracking of education taken via other educational outlets. Courses are available online for computers and can also be viewed via downloadable apps

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LiveEO is bringing Earth Observation to enterprise customers starting in the infrastructure sector. LiveEO utilizes satellite technology to monitor large infrastructure networks globally and empowers the operators to save operational expenses by observing dangers from external threats. By using AI the start-up is generating overviews of thousands of kilometers for decisions on the management level as well as information for the worker on the ground via a front-end and mobile app. LiveEO’s goal is to monitor every major infrastructure grid until 2025. The company has around 50 employees and has offices in Berlin, Germany, and New York, USA.

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CompassData, Inc specializes in collecting data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry and remotely sensed data. We have collected over 60,000 Ground Control Points across six of the seven continents. WCompassData is proud to offer the industries largest commercially available archive of Ground Control Points around the world.  We have has worked with geospatial professionals in many industries and with our aerial experience and knowledge base for accuracy CompassData was led into the UAV business as well. In 2016, CompassDrone was incorporated to serve our clients with the best mapping drone solutions in the industry as well. We specialize in collecting high-quality, spatially-accurate data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry, and remotely sensed data. We use the latest in Global Positioning System (GNSS) technology combined with years of field experience, along with a proven system, to ensure the accuracy and currency of our data.

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