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Venturing into Gas Pipeline Vegetation Management

By Dustin Lauf, Project Manager Bill Spencer, Senior Consulting Utility Forester Aaron Goodpasture, Senior Consulting Utility Forester Recently, CNUC began providing long-term gas pipeline inspection services, which is in an area of vegetation management that, to some, may still be less common than utility line inspections. The program we are now working on is still in more...

Launching a Learning Management System (LMS)

By Derek Vannice, President and COO One of our biggest challenges at CNUC is providing ongoing training to all of our employees. Our employees are spread out geographically and work on their own the majority of the time. It is nearly impossible to get them into a central location for training. Since I joined the company, more...

Everyday Encounter, Impactful Experience

By Jessica Critchett, Lead Consulting Utility Forester At CNUC, we continually strive to improve the utility vegetation management (UVM) industry. Additionally, we attempt to influence other aspects of the communities in which we work and live in a positive way. One opportunity to expand influence beyond the industry is through our daily human interactions. We more...

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...