Date Added: Jan 2011
The Vermont ELectric Power COmpany (VELCO) maintains 688 miles of high-voltage electric transmission lines and 12,000 acres of rights-of-way. To save time and money on vegetation management, VELCO crews needed to upgrade from handwritten sheets to interactive, digital maps. The staff also wanted field access to orthophotographs - geometrically corrected aerial photos. VELCO employed Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from ESRI to create an innovative solution called the Vegetation Inventory Program (VIP). The solution enables VELCO to facilitate the creation of map books of the entire system, deliver orthophotographs and field data, and make information seamlessly accessible to workers in the field and the office. By using the VIP solution, VELCO reports an annual savings of $20,000 and 50 person hours.