ACRT has introduced Arborcision, the proactive vegetation management tool specifically designed for cooperatives. Conceptualized and developed by Richard Jackson, CEO and founder of Arbor Intelligence (A Global ThinkTank Institute Company), Arborcision is offered exclusively through ACRT to help cooperatives identify and prioritize workloads, analyze costs, enhance system management, improve reliability, manage risk and make more effective decisions.
“Arbor Intelligence and ACRT have collaborated for many years with a shared goal of advancing the field of utility vegetation management,” said Jackson, who introduced Arborcision with ACRT’s executive team at TechAdvantage 2014. “Arborcision is the product of exceptional teamwork and a dedication to providing cooperatives unbiased, actionable data to make informed decisions about their programs.”
Based on Jackson’s 25-plus years of experience in big data analytics and 10 years specializing in the utility vegetation management market, Arborcision is a secure, Software as a Service (SaaS) management tool that combines real-life circuit samplings and proven algorithms to give cooperatives powerful insights into their vegetation management programs. The system is updated regularly and has been tested thoroughly in real-life scenarios to ensure maximum functionality and benefit to users.
The data provided through this SaaS can serve as a significant cost driver to improving vegetation management—a goal rooted in ACRT’s mission of protecting communities through research, management and education on the risk and liability of trees, said Mike Weidner, president and CEO of ACRT.
According to Wil Ortiz, manager of vegetation management for Union Power Cooperative, an early adopter of the technology, “Arborcision is a major evolutionary leap in the arena of utility vegetation management. There is nothing out there that even comes close to it. It should be a critical component of every right-of-way management program. The data is invaluable in decision-making, cost analysis and in the establishment of targets.”
Arborcision requires little upfront work from cooperatives. ACRT’s expert foresters collect a majority of the data in the field and then analyze it to build a comprehensive system management plan that enables the cooperative to:
- Determine cost drivers and the future state of circuits, as well as the overall system
- Identify areas at risk of class jumping and their potential costs
- Develop proactive plans that use accurate quantitative data
- Evaluate contracting methods and their financial impact
- Assess work crews for efficiency and value
- Report forecasted savings to boards and members, helping to justify decisions