Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Vegetation Management ADAS
Mar 2013
Western Power Distribution
WPD Future Networks Team (01332 827446)
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
Historically vegetation management has been based on a single time based interval across the company, but rate of vegetation growth differs because of locational micro climates and soil conditions.

Nationally the growing season has been increasing due to climate change factors and this project will quantify the effects of these changes in each region and will predict probable future changes from climate projections.

The extension will assess the probability of trees in proximity to utility infrastructure failing in abnormal weather conditions and causing damage or supply interruptions to customers.

This project proposes to:

  • Monitor vegetation growth at 1300 sites across the UK network

  • Develop a software model, which will take into account factors such as tree species, bio climatic area, and the effect of climate change, in order to estimate the speed of vegetation growth at different sites

  • An extension will devise a resilience tree failure risk assessment model.