VM2018

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. These programs must 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, vegetation management programs involve responding to the public, indigenous communities, the 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 5th Annual Vegetation Management Conference will be on the various technologies, techniques, and equipment that are being developed or are currently available to Vegetation Managers.

Themes

  1. Social & Environmental Issues
  2. Tree and Powerline Related Fires
  3. Program Optimization and Technological Solutions
  4. Work Management Systems
Attendance

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

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

CEATI Vegetation Management Program Participants

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

Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 5th Annual Vegetation Management Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the 4 themes described below.

IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on March 29, 2018. 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.

Please note that the sub-topics following each theme are suggestions; CEATI is interested in anything new and innovative that could be utilized in vegetation management programs.

Theme 1: Introduction of new technology, techniques or products (joint presentations with the developer and the utility to highlight operational implementation are of special interest):

  • Effective use of LiDAR
  • Advances in mapping platforms
  • The use of drones
  • Advances in mowing equipment

Theme 2: Program optimization (developing and managing programs):

  • Work management systems
  • Work scheduling
  • Contractor management
  • Budget justification

Theme 3: Public consultation and notification (programs and tools to improve public relations):

  • The use of social media
  • Innovative tools and programs to enhance public relations
  • Mutually beneficial partnerships with NGOs or other groups to implement IVM programs

Theme 4: Environmental issues:

  • Programs to protect riparian areas
  • Creating pollinator habitats
  • Programs to enhance and protect wildlife
  • Impacts or benefits of herbicide use
  • Managing the risk of fire
Accommodations

DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel
200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, California, 94710
USA

Reserve by Phone: +1.510.548.7920 or Online.

Preferred Rate: $152 USD (plus applicable taxes).
To receive the preferred rate, please mention the special convention rate for the CEATI Vegetation Management Conference 2018. Preferred rate only available only until October 18, 2018 and subject to availability.

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 and sponsorship opportunities are available for the Vegetation Management Conference. This 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 Program, representing major electrical utilities from across North America and beyond. The event will present an excellent opportunity for targeted networking and exposure to potential clients, including a networking reception with an open invitation to all exhibitors and attendees of the conference.

EXHIBITORS

Breaks, Meals & Reception

All breaks and meals for the conference will take place in the Island Ballroom. 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 events. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Each Exhibitor Registration Includes:

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

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 2018 Conference! If you have any questions or would like to inquire about additional marketing tools we could make available, please contact us at [email protected].

Event Logos

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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.

Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive or via email 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 [email protected]

When you participate in a CEATI event, be it as an attendee, exhibitor, presenter, speaker, moderator or in any other capacity whatsoever, you will be participating in an event where photography, as well as video and audio recording is likely to occur.

By participating in the CEATI event, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that CEATI deems fit to use. You release CEATI, its officers, directors, employees and consultants, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, distribution, or publication of photographs, computer images, video and/or audio recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by or on behalf of CEATI or the person or entity designated to do so by CEATI.

In addition, the event will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending the CEATI event or entering the event premises, you agree not to record or digitize any parts of the presentation, without CEATI’s express written consent.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before participating in the CEATI event.

Professional Development

Professional Development Hours for CEATI Conferences

Did you know that by attending a CEATI conference, you could be eligible to use your attendance towards Professional Development Hours? A Certificate of Attendance is available to all conference attendees – simply check with your local accreditation body for more details on how to apply it towards their requirements.