Use AI and advanced analytics for wise vegetation management

Proper asset management is always essential, but even more critical when assets include power lines that can be threatened by vegetation overgrowth. Unfortunately, the established techniques and processes to deal with this issue are inefficient, and tend to adversely affect system costs and overall safety and reliability. 

IBM® Vegetation Management, within the Weather Operations Center, is an end-to-end solution that leverages AI and advanced analytics to regularly assess the state of vegetation across the entire service territory. It also identifies those high-risk circuits or corridors that will most likely receive the largest impacts from vegetation overgrowth. Vegetation Management even calculates scores and KPIs to assist you in prioritizing projects — helping drive decision-making from planning, bidding and contracting all the way through to work inspection and auditing.

A succession of electrical towers and power lines runs through and above a wooded area with many trees

Key benefits

  • Foster effective vegetation planning and monitoring
  • Engage in smarter contracting
  • Augment cycle-based approaches to improve reliability
  • Reduce revenue loss from outages
  • Reduce/avoid transmission-based regulatory penalties
  • Increase customer satisfaction and worker safety

Benefits of IBM Vegetation Management

Scale

Automatically assess vegetation growth occurring near hundreds of miles of power lines.

Frequency

Prioritize areas where vegetation may threaten power lines.

Cost efficiency

Optimize workloads for preventive maintenance and rapid response, at a fraction of the usual cost.

Testimonials

Success story

Pedernales Electric Co-op creates savings and safety

The Pedernales Electric Co-op devotes millions of its annual budget to trimming vegetation near Texas power lines. By using IBM Vegetation Management, the Co-op is able to create smarter surveys — with overlays that effectively combine satellite imagery with property maps. 

See IBM Vegetation Management in action