2017 Conference Presentations
date Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- 1:00–2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony/Safety Kick Off
Everything Begins With Safety
John Ball, South Dakota State University
Operational Excellence: Industry Perspective on Change...Past, Present, and Future
Buddy Rogers, Duke Energy
Workforce Challenges: A Contractor’s Perspective
Scott Packard, Wright Service Corporation
date Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A Canadian Perspective on Utility Vegetation Management
Terry Malmas, FortisAlberta Inc.
Employee Retention/Engagement StrategiesModerator: Bob Chess, ACRT, Inc.
Panelists: Dennis Brown, Lewis Tree | Jason Grossman, Empire District | Scott Gunzenhauser, City Utilities | David Martin, Kansas City Power and Light
One Utility's Vegetation Management Transformation
Larry Lee, Avista Utilities
Professional Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) Certificate of AchievementModerator: Neil Thiessen, Utility Vegetation Management Association
Panelists: Brian Sprinkle, CN Utilities Consulting | Adam Warf, Environmental Consultants, Inc. | Shane Faechner, FortisAlberta Inc.
Managing Liabilities on Your Utility Vegetation Management Program
Nelson Money, NRM-VMS, Inc.Tom Cohenno and Anna Campbell, Applied Learning Science
Best Bang for the Buck: Leveraging Tree Outage Data and GIS to Optimize System Reliability
Duncan Isberg, BC Hydro Asset Management
The Business Case for Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM)John Goodfellow, BioCompliance Consulting, Inc.
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Along Gas Transmission Rights-of-Way
Craig Kelly, Pacific Gas & Electric
Moderator: Eric Brown, SMUD
Panelists: Steve Hallmark, Sacramento Municipal Utility District | James Downie, Environmental Consultants Inc. | Steve Tankersley, Clear Path Utility Solutions, LLC
Tom Johnson, Duke Energy | Steve Barlow, National Wild Turkey Federation
Bee Diversity Surveys of Powerline Rights-of-Way in Pennsylvania
Dr. Hannah Stout, Entomologist and Certified TaxonomistRick Loughery, Edison Electric Institute
Innovation Lightning Round With Suppliers/Contractors
Environmental Consultants Inc.
Terra Spectrum Technologies
Rotor Blade LLC
Environmental Consultants Inc., Terra Spectrum Technologies, Heli-Dunn Aviation, Intelfuse, Rotor Blade LLC
Utilizing LiDAR and High Resolution Imagery to Assess Span Level Vegetation Risk
Jordan Kincaid, GeoDigital | Vera Admore-Sakyi, Eversource Energy
Do You Really Know Your Vegetation Risk?
Nigel Barry, Intelfuse
date Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wood Waste and the Human Component
Sara Sankowich, Unitil Service Corp.
Five Years of Energy-Saving Trees
Speaker: Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation
Panelists: Nick Day, ComEd | Scott Lee, Oncor Electric Delivery | Larry Ferrandiz, Public Service Enterprise Group – Long Island
Customer Satisfaction at Pacific Gas & Electric: What We've Learned and Where We're Going
Joel Smith, Pacific Gas & Electric | Rob Toney, Davey Resource Group