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Ground Truth Your Clearances For Successful Vegetation Management

By R Turriff, 07/29/16

There is more pressure than ever on companies to comply with essential vegetation clearance mandates from regulatory agencies, such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NREC).

It is essential, yet challenging, to understand all of the regulations in place in order to create a successful and efficient vegetation management process. 

Laser Rangefinders Simplify Ground Truthing

Industry professionals have used a variety of clearance criteria in the past, such as LIDAR scanning and PLS-CADD models. Although these models do deliver accurate results, sometimes it is not enough with the strict NREC requirements in place. 

Ground truthing solution with LTI laser rangefinder

Add one more step to your vegetation management routine and ground truth your clearances to confirm your data. With an LTI TruPulse® 360 laser rangefinder in hand, vegetation management professionals can now avoid violations and create a process that is reliable, cost-effective and most importantly, safe.

Ground truthing clearances is a crucial step in vegetation management and with help from an LTI laser, electric utilities will significantly reduce potential encroachments. 

For more information on how to efficiently ground truth clearances and hear from experts in the field, read this Executive Summary the T&D World Webinar, “Line Inspection for Vegetation Management: Ground Truthing Your Clearances.” 

Using the TruPulse 360 in conjunction with LIDAR scans or PLS-CADD models helps to streamline the vegetation management process. The single push of a button allows professionals to measure distance, inclination, height, azimuth and more. With LTI’s exclusive TruVector 360° Compass Technology built in, the TruPulse 360 can even instantly calculate clearance values and provide the best possible azimuth accuracy, no matter what pitch or angle the laser is shot from. 

This technology provides a simple way to ground truth clearances and offers electric utilities a resourceful way to avoid violations by visiting specific problem areas located directly on the ground, preventing missed hazards and eliminating huge fines. 

GeoMatching is an international industry leader in geospatial technology. Read what they have to say.

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