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Company develops new bushfire risk management method

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Australian vegetation management company Active Tree Services has recently used geographic systems technology in order to develop a risk management method for bushfires caused by severed powerlines.

The company's vegetation monitoring and management systems function to provide detailed information about:

  • The location of power lines situated throughout all regions of Australia
  • The proximity of trees and other forms of vegetation to power lines
  • The condition of the trees and vegetation in question
In a press release from ESRI Australia, Justin Sheppherd, chief information officer, Active Tree Services explains “trees around power lines can lead to increases in the risk of electricity supply disruptions and bushfires.”

The monitoring and management systems “ensure every branch along the power lines we monitor is properly maintained,” he continues.

Similar monitoring and management systems designed for use in the agricultural sector can be used to prevent the incidence of bush fires on agricultural properties.

Global market leader OmniSTAR uses over 100 reference stations along with global network control centres and satellites to provide Australian farmers with accurate positioning data.

The company offers a number of solutions for GPS guidance systems that enable farmers to monitor and manage their properties and prevent bushfires by mapping the location of power lines, trees and other forms of vegetation.

These revolutionary monitoring and management systems can also be used for boundary marking, soil sampling, ground and aerial variable rate applications and measuring tillage depth, among others.

Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) from Case IH similarly allow farmers to gather useful data about their property.

AFS desktop software then allows farmers to view, manage and edit this data and create a range of maps detailing soil quality and crop yields through to vegetation quality and powerline locations.

These companies offer a range of innovative monitoring and management systems that can be used to determine the location of powerlines and trees and vegetation on a property, which can effectively minimise the incidence of bushfires.

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