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application Sheet
Vegetation management and tree trimming is increasingly
Management and Inspection application improves the efficiency
important in the electric transmission and distribution industries.
and management of all vegetation workflows. Our application
Vegetation management is the process of trimming, cleaning,
can help you save significant time and money with an integrated
and/or spraying trees, shrubbery, and other types of
geospatial system that automates field operations, reducing
vegetation under and around facilities to prevent service interference
manual labor required for paperwork and data entry.
and damage to your network. New standards from the North
American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) require utilities to
eliminate all power outages caused by vegetation interference
with power lines. Failing to meet these requirements can cost
utilities up to $1 million per occurrence per day. According to
Energy Dimensions, this has forced utilities to increase their
expenditures on measuring, monitoring, and dealing with
vegetation threats.
Improper vegetation clearance on transmission lines was a
Our field automation software gives you the ability to “location
enable” assessment, inventory, production, and inspection
workflows, improving productivity by as much as 50 percent.
Intergraph’s solutions are open and based on industry standards,
making it easy to incorporate geospatial data with other corporate
information systems.
The NERC mandates are forcing utilities of all sizes to increase
factor in the August 2003 blackout, where 50 million people
their expenditures on monitoring vegetation risks to their power
across the Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada lost power.
lines and other infrastructure. While utilities generally have some
In addition, fires in California in 2007 were blamed on power
form of procedures in place to address vegetation
lines making contact with electrical equipment or vegetation.
management, they are often paper-based and require many
According to the NERC’s Standard FAC-003-1, the purpose
manual procedures to capture enough information to help
of the Transmission Vegetation Management Program is “to
in the decision-making process. Utilities also approach
improve the reliability of electric transmission systems by
vegetation management from different angles. Some use the
preventing outages from vegetation located on transmission
traditional wokflow of assessment inspection, work, and
rights-of-way (ROW) and minimizing outages from vegetation
post-trim inspection. Other utilities trim different circuits every
located adjacent to ROW, maintaining clearances between
few years, while some perform vegetation surveys with
transmission lines and vegetation on and along transmission
treatment recommendations.
ROW, and reporting vegetation-related outages of the transmission
systems to the respective Regional Reliability Organizations
(RRO) and the NERC.”
Intergraph’s Vegetation Management helps utilities make the
transition from paper to a mobile-based process. You can
automate workflows for assessment inspections, production
Intergraph®’s Vegetation Management and Inspection application
work, post-trim inspections, surveys, and work planning. This
can support your utility’s workflows for managing vegetation –
also increases data quality for better analysis and reporting
from facility inspections to capturing work done in the field.
capabilities. You can configure the application for
As part of Intergraph’s Field Automation solution, our Vegetation
multi-purpose inspections, including facility conditions,
maintenance, and map corrections.
Leveraging your existing data, Intergraph’s Vegetation
Vegetation management is now one of the largest maintenance
Management takes your enterprise geographic information
functions of electric utilities, costing billions annually. Intergraph’s
system (GIS) into the field within a single-user environment. You
Vegetation Management and Inspection application is a powerful
can mobilize information to make it readily available across the
tool that can help your utility improve productivity, efficiency,
enterprise, making it simple to update reports from the field
reliability, and customer service. Our skilled professionals offer
instead of filling in paper documents at the office. Our application
deep application and industry knowledge based on hundreds of
is data-model and industry independent. With configurable
utility and communications customers worldwide, and can design
field workflows, you can easily implement it to meet your
and deliver a complete solution to meet your unique needs.
specific requirements.
•Satisfy regulatory mandates
•Transition from paper to mobile
•Mobilize and automate workflows
o Assessment inspections
o Production work
o Post-trim inspections
o Surveys
o Work planning
•Capture data at point of conception
•Improve productivity/efficiency
•Increase quality of data
•Support analysis and decision-making
For the utilities and communications industry, Intergraph
provides comprehensive infrastructure management, advanced
distribution management, outage management, mobile
workforce, and field force management solutions to ensure the
efficient operation of distribution and transmission networks. Our
geospatially powered business applications help utilities
and communications companies to geospatially design,
manage, operate, and secure their distribution and transmission
network infrastructure and data. One of the tools we offer is our
Vegetation Management application.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial
software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses
and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industryspecific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes
and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company’s software and
services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and
ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions
of people around the world.
Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions to the public
safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation,
photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph
Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I’s U.S.
federal and classified business.
Intergraph is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB, (Nordic exchange:
HEXA B) and (Swiss exchange: HEXN). For more information, visit www. and
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine
(PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M
provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction,
operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities.
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