2016 News

Why UVM Research and Education is So Important

By William Porter, Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence On October 19, 2016, 15 forestry professionals attended a panel discussion on utility vegetation management (UVM) at the Illinois Arborist Association Annual Conference & Trade Show. During this session, the attendees filled out a written survey and answered questions raised during the discussion. 60% of more...

Evolving Services for Changing Needs

By Dave Kelley, Lead CUF March 3, 2014 seems like such a long time ago. Seated in a hotel conference room were eight aspiring CUFs, wondering exactly how a North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) foot patrol worked, and the difference between a water oak and a willow oak!  After a few days of training, more...

Hurricane Matthew Emergency Response

The newly developed CNUC emergency response team was deployed to South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida for storm restoration after Hurricane Matthew. Eighteen CUFs and one supervisor were dispatched from various contracts, including American Electric Power (AEP) – Oklahoma, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, Electric Power Board, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Louisville Gas and Electric – more...

Utilizing ATVs to Expedite Inspection Process

By Brian Sprinkle, Technical Applications Supervisor Utility arboriculture has evolved so much in the past few decades. To some degree, we’ve begun to move away from the methodology that “if it’s not broke, why fix it”. The main driving force in this progressive evolution is the wide array of tools that we have in our more...

Transmission from the Top: Matt Searels

By Matt Searels, Regional Manager It is a new day and a new year at CNUC. The amount of change that has occurred since I began a few years ago is daunting, and the opportunities for personal and professional growth have equaled that magnitude. Although, I view some of my personal successes as luck and circumstance, more...

Screenplay: Animal Awareness & Safety

Screenplay by Billy Plant, Consulting Utility Forester   CNUC Consulting Utility Forester Billy Plant wrote a screenplay about animal awareness and safety. Bears, wild pigs, mountain lions, and other animals could all be encountered on the job as a CNUC field employee. Staying aware of the potential danger, as well as being knowledgeable about what to more...

Powerful Knowledge: Fall 2016 Issue

The 2016 fall issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, Powerful Knowledge, is now available. The e-newsletter includes updates on the UVM industry and CN Utility Consulting. Powerful Knowledge articles include: The Future of Drones and Electric Line Inspections CNUC Helps Utilities Obtain Stewardship Accreditation Addressing Safety by Utilizing Smartphone Technology Legal Shorts Click here to view the fall issue of more...

UAS: New Operation & Certification Guidelines

by Will Porter, Director of Research, Development and Intelligence As of August 29 under a new code of federal regulations for commercially operated unmanned aircraft, a person 16 years and older can obtain a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating. With a remote pilot certificate, a person can commercially operate their FAA registered drone more...

CNUC Receives UAA PinE Award

CNUC was one of three companies that received Utility Arborist Association (UAA)’s inaugural Partners in Excellence (PinE) Award. The PinE Award was established in 2016 for companies who go above and beyond to support UAA’s mission. Criteria to receive the PinE Award include membership, sponsorship, advertising, active committee volunteerism and others. The criteria was quantified more...

Drones and Electric Line Inspections: The Future

by Matt Searels, Regional Manager & Seth Reid, Technical Applications Manager The evolution of technology is swift and merciless. The rate of change is not constant, but seems to follow the evolutionary theory postulated by evolutionary scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge in 1972, called “Punctuated Equilibria.” In this theory, evolutionary development is marked by more...