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Trees and Utilities Conference 2017

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  1. 1. • Fortis Background • The Importance of Digital Vegetation Data • Advantages to Long Term Contracts and Building Partnerships with Contractors and Consultants • Certified Workers speaks for itself when it comes to Safety A Canadian Perspective on Utility Vegetation Management
  2. 2. Is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry owning 10 Utility operations with total assets of approximately C$48 billion as of June 30, 2017. The Corporation's 8,000 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries Fortis Inc.
  3. 3. • Fortis Alberta operates distribution services over 224,448 sq/km’s (139,465 sq/miles) • Serve end-use customers in over 240 municipalities. • Operate 11 Rural Electric Associations (REA’s) with 5 self- operated REA’s • These REA’s are integrated throughout the Fortis distribution system
  4. 4. • In the early years, Phil Charlton - project manager and Jim Downie & Bob Bell - Jr. Foresters, performed a statistical inventory of the system • The resultant 12 year program lead by Neil Thiessen – was the subject of many industry articles • Digital data has been in Fortis since 1990’s • Program efficiencies and reporting continues to improve • Integration of new technologies continues The Importance of Digital Vegetation Data
  5. 5. • Efficiencies: • Reduction of between 200k and 240k sheets of paper annually plus manual filing • Reduction of courier fees of > $150,000 annually by 90% • No more hand drawn sketches • Ability to email invoicing and work packages verses a courier • Reduction in administration time • Reporting for: • Regulators, Senior Management and Public Demands • National and Provincial Park Areas • Managing off R/W risks (fires) • Environment changing issues (species at risk) The Importance of Digital Vegetation Data
  6. 6. Advantages to Long Term Contracts and Building Partnerships with Contractors and Consultants • Creates stability for both the Contractor and the Utility • Competitive Pricing • Regulator Confidence • Budgeting • Higher quality staffing • Storm restoration
  7. 7. •In 1985 the Utility Tree Trimmer (UTT) and Utility Tree Worker (UTW) program was introduced by the Utilities and Contractors. •The Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta (IVMAA) now the Professional Vegetation Management Association (PVMA) is the Certifying body for the program Certified Workers speaks for itself when it comes to Safety
  8. 8. • This certifies the worker for operating near and around energized powerlines. • Creates a career path helping with worker retention • Reduced Incidents • Less customer issues Certified Workers speaks for itself when it comes to Safety
  9. 9. • The Importance of Digital Vegetation Data • Created efficiencies and better and easier reporting • Advantages to Long Term Contracts and Building Partnerships with Contractors and Consultants • stability, competitive pricing, easier to budget & Regulator confidence • Certified Workers speaks for itself when it comes to Safety • creates careers helping worker retention & reduces incidents
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