The UVM Podcast, hosted by Stephen Cieslewicz and Nick Ferguson, has the goal to spread innovative ideas and knowledge in Utility Vegetation Management. The show aims to facilitate knowledge sharing within the industry and to raise awareness of the value of the profession with the wider public. Sponsored by LiveEO.
In this episode Nick and Stephen interview Sven Przywarra, Co-Founder of LiveEO, to discuss satellite remote sensing for Utility Vegetation Management. In recent years, the privatization of space and a reduction in the costs of accessing space has led to a proliferation in the number of earth observation satellites and the capabilities of these constellations. This raises the question of whether the T&D industry and in particular the vegetation management community, can benefit from the technology. It’s a hot topic – with several presentations exploring different aspects of the technology at the recent Trees and Utilities conference. In today’s episode, we cover a range of topics including:
- An introduction to satellite remote sensing
- Legacy practices for inspecting vegetation
- Sven’s background & how he became involved in space technology
- The economics and technology trends reshaping space
- UVM use cases for earth observation satellites
- Satellite vs. LIDAR – are they competitive or complementary?
- Limitations of satellite datasets
- What LiveEO has built for the UVM community
- The benefits of satellite imagery for vegetation managers