Project: T203700 #4105

The objective of this project is to develop a practical guide for managers at electrical utilities that can be used to decide whether PhoDAR or LiDAR is the best method to use to collect information on vegetation, equipment and assets in a specific situation. For example in vegetation management it is becoming increasingly important to pin point the exact location of a tree trunk. This information is critical to determining if the tree is on or off the ROW and pivotal in determining how to deal with it. Historically many utilities have conducted separate patrols to obtain data for individual groups; there could be significant potential benefits from combining patrols. The report should include both the transmission and distribution systems and it should specifically address challenges and benefits of collecting spatial data that will be of use to all utility management programs including vegetation and asset management.