Vegetation Management is required for functioning utility infrastructures such as Telecom or Electricity assets. Vegetation Management Inspections enable the proper monitoring, risk appraisal, and on-field remedial action to ensure uninterrupted service and smooth operations. Let us discuss some essential elements of Vegetation Management Inspections:
- What do inspectors monitor during Vegetation Management inspections?
- How do Vegetation Management inspections play a crucial role in utility company operations?
- How can Fielda make such assessments easier, faster, and less expensive?
What Inspectors Monitor:
Inspectors use various techniques to scan the terrain and map the vegetation surrounding their infrastructure. These include techniques like Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) imaging and advanced scanning methods using drone surveys, especially where physical access is difficult for inspectors. Such mapping identifies vegetation that could risk damage to assets and even potential future threats like sick vegetation and dying trees. Inspections also typically examine infringement in clearance zones needed based on industry standards. Other advanced mapping techniques include vegetation health evaluations through Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) analysis. Data from inspections even deliver estimates of when future trimming or cutting of vegetation is needed.
The Vital Role of Vegetation Management Inspections:
Vegetation Management is one of the high-cost items on the budgets of utility companies, sometimes more than 100 million dollars annually. Inspections help such companies get an accurate estimate of the actual management work required. Poor forecasts can result in more work done than is needed or fewer remedial measures than required. Accurate and timely Vegetation management inspections mitigate both these risks. Precise geospatial data also helps utility companies respond faster, lower the risk of asset damage, and reduce customer downtime from disrupted operations. Infrastructure planning also relies heavily on accurate vegetation mapping and management inspections.
Fielda’s Vegetation Management Inspection Checklists:
Inspections bring in complex mapping data. This could be from manual inspections by staff on the field or data from air surveys using advanced mapping techniques. This implies different data types, diverse file formats, checklists, and data points. Fielda streamlines this entire process through its 100% digital field data gathering. With customizable forms and workflow, inspections can be completed much faster and with the ease of a few clicks on a mobile device. As a result, evidence submission, data consolidation, and reporting are simplified, and operational leaders can act decisively on timely insights from the field.
Trace: Keep a tight watch on risks and take mitigation measures proactively with Fielda’s advanced GIS mapping features.
Track: Lower vegetation management costs, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and streamline operations.
Transform: Deliver increased value to customers by reducing downtime and disruptions.
About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.