Utility companies have an ongoing need to detect vegetation management concerns along right-of-ways. To help identify, quantify and plan work—particularly on a three- to five-year cycle – Davey Resource Group’s technical solutions help with the acquisition and management of critical data that empowers a utility to make more informed decisions for its integrated vegetation management (IVM) program.
Leveraging mobile technology, electronic data and geographical information systems (GIS), utility foresters can help IVM leaders better plan how their maintenance dollars should be allocated. Additionally, they can provide better direction to field crews on where priority work exists. With DRG’s Rover field data collection system, findings can help IVM leaders budget and forecast to ensure dollars are spent on priority maintenance. Plus, information can be accessed from any web-enabled device.
DRG develops vegetation management software specifically for utility foresters. The in-house development team incorporates input from the software’s field users, project coordinators and utility customers, ensuring ease of use and value to the client. Plus, it is built using open-source solutions, where possible, providing a secure and cost-effective experience for our customers.
Rover is Davey Resource Group’s Windows-based, GIS-capable data collection system that allows utility foresters to identify vegetation management concerns in real time through any web-enabled device. Information can be represented through GIS (geographical information systems) and point, line or polygon data. Specifically, it identifies a single tree that needs removed (point); a linear trim of tree canopy that needs cut back from power lines (line); or brush, weeds or bushes less than 6 inches in diameter that need to be removed or trimmed (polygon).
Rover automatically interfaces with GPS to calculate GIS data. It has strong photo capabilities, allowing field users to photograph specific points and mark up the image to note key concerns—reducing questions from crews that perform trimming and removals.
Additionally, it offers electronic permission slips, which enables the homeowner to sign off and receive e-mail confirmation regarding work scheduled on their property along the right-of-way. This permission is then stored in Rover’s database.
In this information age, Rover presents a comprehensive, intuitive way to collect and share data, providing a direct line of communication from the planner to the crew and enabling more efficient cradle-to-grave services for a utility vegetation management (UVM) program.
Through the insights of Rover, utilities can better allocate UVM maintenance dollars. Additionally, it enables field crews to prioritize work, helping utility leaders budget and forecast to ensure dollars are spent on priority maintenance—making a larger impact on reliability.
myRowKeeper® is a web-based platform that is accessible anytime, anywhere from any smart phone or desktop. It allows the user to review valuable utility vegetation management (UVM) data collected in the field. Developed by Davey Resource Group, it allows utility leaders to make more informed UVM decisions, and it enables improved communications among utility foresters and tree crews.
Through myRowKeeper’s consolidated reporting platform, utility foresters can access data, evaluate information and efficiently create work plans. Further, it allows foresters to review comprehensive data and plan specific work throughout an entire circuit. Supporting cradle-to-grave work planning, it also enables efficiencies in audits, ensuring the utility is compliant with regulatory obligations.
Utility forestry software built by utility foresters, myRowKeeper is developed on a secure, open-source platform that helps utility leaders ensure dollars are spent on priority tasks.
Custom Reporting and Tracking Websites
To efficiently run their utility vegetation management (UVM) programs, leaders often rely on custom reporting and tracking websites. Through the insights and real-time data offered with Davey Resource Group software, UVM dollars can be allocated to where it will make the biggest impact on reliability.
While several UVM reporting and tracking websites exist, most come with templates for reports that make it difficult to format for a particular circuit or system. With DRG’s ROWKeeper platform—utility forestry software built by utility foresters—we can provide big-picture views of a UVM program and customize reports, data sets and information to best suit a utility’s needs.
Notably, myRowKeeper® is a tracking website that records work of specific field data collectors and identifies progress of assessments. Through a paperless workflow, DRG engages with utility stakeholders to identify, craft, consolidate and produce reports with information that is most critical to the decision-making process.
Utilities need accurate, reliable data to make the best decisions for their vegetation management programs. To achieve this, utility foresters collect data in the field, noting vegetation that should be removed or trimmed along transmission and distribution right-of-ways.
Through DRG software, utility foresters collect data and develop work manifests for line clearance tree crews to follow. For the most precise information, Davey Resource Group leverages Rover, a Windows-based, GIS-capable data collection system that allows utility foresters to identify vegetation management concerns in real time through any web-enabled device.
With decades of UVM experience, DRG efficiently and accurately completes data collection, recording it through Rover’s intuitive data collection system.