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For electric grid operators, extreme weather and natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes are unyielding constants that must be managed by leveraging the right data when making critical decisions. The human toll and environmental damage in recent years have been some of the costliest to date. In 2020 alone, 30 named storms caused almost $40 billion in damages. Resilience is a core utility priority, and most have some technology in place for risk mitigation. Zpryme and NV5 Geospatial recently surveyed more than 100 utilities to understand how geospatial technologies can play a part in their resilience plans and where advanced data & analytics improve risk mitigation.

This paper explores:

  • Planning for critical events
  • Mitigation approaches to grid resiliency through geospatial technologies
  • Vegetation management and 3D asset modeling benefits