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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, […]

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Drones and Electric Line Inspections: The Future

by Matt Searels, Regional Manager & Seth Reid, Technical Applications Manager The evolution of technology is swift and merciless. The rate of change is not constant, but seems to follow the evolutionary theory postulated by evolutionary scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge in 1972, called “Punctuated Equilibria.” In this theory, evolutionary development is marked by […]

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Utilizing Technology to Improve Natural Disaster Restoration Efforts

By Brian Sprinkle, Technical Applications Supervisor, CN Utility Consulting   THE CHALLENGE: IMPROVING NATIONAL DISASTER RESTORATION Natural disasters like wildfires are a natural part of many ecosystems. For those who live and work within areas susceptible to fire, the destruction can come quickly and be catastrophic. Utility infrastructure is not immune to fires, and utilities […]

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Training with Learning Management Systems

By Scott D. Packard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wright Service Corp. & Derek Vannice, Executive Vice President, CNUC Continuing to train and develop employees is key to growing as an organization. Each employee, department, division and company requires different training to meet their needs. The success of any company is ultimately based on the […]

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Addressing Safety by Utilizing Smartphone Technology

By Derek Vannice, Executive Vice President and Josh Beaver, Eastern U.S. Regional Manager Case Study Keeping employees safe is the number one value for both utility companies and contractors in the utility vegetation management industry. There are always situations that can impact safety, including hazardous weather conditions, distracted drivers, property owners, difficult terrain – the […]

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Right-of-Way: A Natural Home for Pollinators

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) Consulting Utility Forester Billy Plant wrote an article titled “Rights-of-Way: A Natural Home for Pollinators.” The article was published in the September/October issue of the Utility Arborist Newsline. As I walked along a rural right-ofway (ROW) in June, a bumblebee caught my eye. It was bouncing from one milkweed plant to […]