Remote Sensing and Vegetation Management

A combination of natural processes and people’s activities is causing the global landscape to change rapidly.  In order to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources, monitoring systems have become a necessity. Remote Sensing makes it possible for us to monitor large areas, for these abrupt (and sometimes, not …

Post Wildfire Recovery with Satellite Analytics

Wildfires are a major concern for power line operators. Region, weather conditions, land cover, vegetation type, and other factors can affect the intensity of wildfires. Unfortunately, the effects of climate change in certain regions will only continue to enhance their severity. While wildfires continue to become more widespread, their impact …

How do we identify Tree Species with Satellite Imagery?

Knowing what kind of tree grows where is extremely valuable information for utility vegetation managers for several reasons: It enables them to determine high-risk species with rapid regrowth rates and helps to control invasive species. Differentiation between softwood and hardwood allows improvements in work & cost planning. Combined with tree …

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The Earth Observation Revolution

Seeing things from a higher vantage point is what we humans tend to do when we need to solve problems that are large-scale in nature. So it is not surprising that Earth observation is one of the most vital applications of space technology. Modern Earth observation began as early as …

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Case Study: Entire US Transmission Grid Analyzed

LiveEO analyzed the US electric power grid – the largest machine on Earth – for exposure to vegetation. The groundbreaking analysis was conducted using AI-powered machine learning algorithms and satellite imagery. Vegetation is the Main Cause of Outages Reports of power outages caused by storms, hurricanes, wildfires, or minor events …

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How accurate is satellite imagery for vegetation detection?

We have all seen those movies – The hero (on the run) tries their best to go undetected. Hat and sunglasses are their instruments of choice to escape suspicious glances from people nearby. Taking shelter from the open sky is another to prevent being seen from afar – knowing well …

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Satellite vs. LiDAR for Vegetation Management

The adoption of LiDAR has been an important step in digitizing vegetation management. While there likely will be some applications of laser scanning, satellites will monitor the bulk of infrastructure networks. LiDAR is an amazing technology: To see real-world objects turned into digital 3D representations is awe inspiring for most …

Storm season is coming up: Reduce vulnerability of your assets

Remember Kyrill? That heavy storm that moved over Europe in January of 2007. It was the first storm in my lifetime (that I remember) which had catastrophic effects. This cyclone killed 47 people and led to damages of about 8 billion euros. Kyrill destroyed 60 million trees, unroofed houses, destroyed bridges and power pylons. Maximum wind speeds of up to 200 km/h were measured.

How to overcome inefficient vegetation management of your assets

Since the year 2000, wildfires caused economic losses of around 149 Billion US-Dollar worldwide, with 2018 being the most extreme with damages exceeding 20 billion US-Dollar (Aon plc. 2019). Besides dry conditions and exceptional heat, many wildfires are caused by vegetation growing in the vicinity of power lines.