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Combining AI and Analytics to Address the High Costs and Inefficiencies of Vegetation Management

August 15, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Vegetation Management has always been a critical function for utilities. It is, however, increasingly top of mind with company executives looking to mitigate the escalating costs and risks posed by vegetation. Due to economic and logistical challenges, utilities often have limited insight into their actual state of vegetation leading to significant inefficiencies in the Vegetation Management process. In this session, you will discover a new data-driven approach to understanding the state of vegetation, that cost-effectively scales across a utilities entire service territory.

Join this webinar to:

– Learn how to leverage massive geospatial temporal data sets, including multi-band satellite, areal imagery, weather and GIS
– Watch a short demo of hyper-spectral analytic and artificial intelligence techniques to isolate encroaching vegetation and determine important attributes including tree heights and growth rates
– Get a glance at how Oncor, a leading US Utility, is applying these techniques in both transmission and distribution

Bryan Sacks
Head of Work and Asset Optimization Solutions

Bryan Sacks is the Head of Work and Asset Optimization Solutions for IBMs Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry. In his current role, Bryan is focused on developing innovative solutions to the utility industries most pressing challenges, across the asset lifecycle. In his 20+ year career, he has held various roles in architecture and offering management, centered on applying emerging technologies including Advanced Distribution Management Systems, Meter Data Management Systems, artificial intelligence, geospatial analytics, and mobility. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Rob Berglund
Global Business Unit Executive – Energy & Utilities and Chemical & Petroleum
The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Rob Berglund is a Global Business Executive at The Weather Company, an IBM Business, with a focus on Energy Commodities, Energy Utilities, and Chemical and Petroleum. Rob brings 17 years of outside territory sales and sales management experience, plus 15 years of selling the world’s leading weather data to the top companies in America and abroad. In his role, Rob is responsible for providing innovation through weather solutions and successfully grow the existing business while expanding its reach into new markets. Prior to joining The Weather Company, Rob served in the United States Army. Rob received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management at The United States Military Academy at West Point.

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August 15, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT