Overview


The effective management of vegetation on transmission and distribution corridors is essential for providing a reliable supply of electricity and for ensuring public and worker safety. Comprehensive and effective vegetation management programs must address several issues. Firstly, these programs must also comply with new and emerging regulations, meet public and landowner expectations, and consider various environmental issues. Managing vegetation can range from pruning or removing individual trees to encouraging the establishment of low growing compatible plant communities on power line corridors. Furthermore, it involves responding to the public, first nations, government, and landowner requests and concerns. At the same time, it must also comply with NERC and other regulations in a cost-effective manner.

A focus of the 4th Annual Conference will be on the various technologies, techniques, and equipment that are being developed or are currently available to Vegetation Managers.

Themes

  • Public/Social Issues
  • Techniques and Products
  • Program Management
  • Environmental Issues
Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 4th Annual Vegetation Management Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the four topics below.

IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on March 21, 2017. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than April 28, 2017. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for their electric utility clients.

Technologies, Techniques, and Products

This topic emphasizes the introduction of new techniques or methods, products, and technologies to optimize VM programs. Examples could include data collection technology (e.g. LiDAR), computer modelling, the use of drones, as well as advances in equipment. Case studies from utilities throughout North America will be presented.

Public and Social Issues

Transmission right-of-ways are increasingly being utilized as urban parks, and street trees are considered a valued part of neighbourhoods. Utilities must ensure reliability while responding to the expectations and concerns expressed by the public, municipalities, and property owners. Social media has also revolutionized the way people communicate. Utilities must therefore adapt to this new reality.

Program Management

Vegetation managers need to justify their programs’ budgets, identify risks from delaying and cancelling work, and make the best use of the available funding. This topic will thus focus on cost and program optimization.

Environmental Issues

This session will cover environmental issues and provisions to protect habitat and the environment as well as the regulatory requirements vegetation management programs must comply with.

Attendance

This conference is an industry open event, with registration open to:

  • Electric Utilities
  • Consultants, and
  • Equipment Vendors
  • Research Facilities and Laboratories
  • Universities

CEATI Program Participants

This event is organized in coordination with the following Utility Participants.

Accommodations

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

1500 Sand Lake Road

Orlando, Florida, 32809,USA

Reserve by Phone: +1 407 859 1500

Preferred Rate: $133 USD (plus applicable taxes).

To receive the preferred rate, please mention “CEATI International” when making your reservation . Preferred rate only available only until November 8, 2017.

Housing Warning!

Unauthorized Housing Companies Contacting Exhibitors & Attendees. It has come to our attention that unauthorized housing companies have been contacting CEATI International exhibitors and attendees via email and phone and in general, misrepresenting themselves as an official housing vendor for CEATI International. Room registrations should be made directly with the hotel as described above.

We highly caution you from engaging unauthorized companies because if/when issues arise, CEATI International management does not have the ability to provide assistance in solving them.

Exhibitors

The Audience

Exhibition space is available for the 4th Annual Vegetation Management Conference. The event will bring manufacturers and service providers together with key decision-makers in the industry. The Conference has been organized with the support of CEATI’s Vegetation Management Task Force (VMTF), representing major electrical utilities from across North America. The event will present an excellent opportunity for targeted networking and exposure to potential clients, including a reception with an open invitation to all exhibitors and conference attendees.

EXHIBITORS

Breaks, Meals & Reception

Both exhibitions will be held concurrently to the conferences, with all breaks and meals will taking place in the exhibition hall. This set-up provides a captive audience to showcase your company’s products and services, allowing for more face-to-face time with attendees at the event. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. For more information, please contact events@ceati.com

Each Exhibitor Registration Includes:

  • One Full Conference Registration
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks
  • Evening Reception
  • Skirted Table, Two Chairs & Waste Basket
  • Discounted Additional Registrations
  • Conference Proceedings Package

Supplementary Documentation

Information coming soon.

SPONSORS

Sponsor Benefits Can Include:

  • Recognition at Opening of Event Acknowledging Your Support
  • Your Materials at the Main Registration Table
  • Inclusion of Your Logo and Click-Through Link on Conference Website(s)
  • Post-Event Exposure
  • Sponsorship of Event Meals or Breaks
  • Place Your Organization’s Stand-Up Banner in the Conference Room

Exhibitor & Sponsor Promotional Tool Kit

We wish to extend a warm ‘thank you’ to those organizations participating as an exhibitor or sponsor at our 2017 Conference! If you have any questions or would like to inquire about additional marketing tools we could make available, please contact us at events@ceati.com

Event Logos

Download the event logos to add to your company print ads, blogs, e-newsletters, or website.

Presenter Guidelines

Presentations should adhere to the Guidelines set forth by CEATI International.

Presentation Guidelines Include:

  • Presentations must be submitted in Power Point format (PPT).
  • Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF).
  • Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each Power Point slide.
  • Each Presenter will be allocated 25-30 minutes of presentation time, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Presenters may be asked to participate, as Panelists, in an Open Discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation.
  • Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend.

Presentation Submission Dates: The deadline for the submission of Power Point Presentations is October, 1st, 2017.

Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.

Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Paul Ryan at paul.ryan@ceati.com