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Utility Vegetation Management

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Effective UVM Programs Built for Utilities

Power is a critical aspect of national infrastructure. That’s why you deserve a utility vegetation management (UVM) partner that has your best interests in mind at all times.

At ACRT, we’re the only independent national vegetation management consulting firm, meaning we have the ability and objectivity to put you first. At our core, UVM for utilities is what makes us tick, and we offer a range of services built for you. We offer a variety of UVM services ranging from a system assessment all the way through total management of your program.

For most UVM programs, the first step is a thorough System Assessment.

Our highly-trained arborists utilize sophisticated statistical sampling and modeling techniques to determine the impact of vegetation on your circuits. We then suggest the most efficient course of action and present you with a detailed report that you can immediately implement for your benefit.

An effective UVM program cycle begins with a thorough Pre-Inspection. Arborists examine circuits and collect data to create detailed work plans for documenting vegetation species, locations and growth rates, as well as specifying the most effective remediation methods.

We understand vegetation types and growth rates, and we aren’t interested in generating tree-pruning revenue, so we produce more efficient and systematic work plans for our customers. We create our plans to help you put less risk toward incurring fines and continue to provide reliable service to your customers.

Exceptional customer notifications and communications are a large part of ACRT services. We engage utility customers on your behalf to explain the importance and value of UVM programs. This helps create understanding and makes refusals less likely. In the field, customer relations activities are conducted by our arborists, often simultaneously with Pre-Inspection. ACRT can help utilities avoid potential UVM delays and maintain positive relations with your customers.

With choices that include text base and mapping compatibility, our workflow management software provides you with the peace of mind that the needs of your unique system is being managed properly.

Our Post Auditing services ensure that tree crews are performing as directed. After pruning is completed, ACRT arborists walk the circuit again — inspecting each work unit for proper completion. Any work not completed to specifications is resubmitted to the tree crews.

A complete and multifaceted UVM program can be a massive undertaking. Fortunately, ACRT can manage these initiatives for you. We can develop and enact a complete UVM program that’s designed around the challenges you face. Whether you need to keep areas clear to avoid fines or ensure that nothing is interrupting the service you provide, we’ll build a plan that fits your needs.

We can offer our core services in highly effective and systematic management procedures. We take care of personnel, choosing contractors and negotiating contract types and payment schedules, and construct and manage your UVM program from top to bottom.

The importance of an effective vegetation management program relies on objective, comprehensive insights into what’s best for your organization. At ACRT, we’re the only independent national vegetation management consulting firm — giving us the freedom to put our clients first. Learn more about how we’ve helped our clients reduce costs and improve reliability.

Arborcision is a major evolutionary leap in the arena of Utility Vegetation Management. There is nothing out there that even comes close to it. It should be a critical component of every Right-of-Way management program. The data is invaluable in decision-making, cost analysis, and in the establishment of targets.

Will Ortiz, Manager of Vegetation ManagementUnion Power Cooperative