CNUC Expands Service Offerings Nationwide

CNUC Expands Service Offerings Nationwide

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By Josh Beaver, CNUC Eastern U.S. Regional Manager

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) Eastern U.S. Regional Manager Josh Beaver wrote an article titled “CNUC Expands Service Offerings Nationwide.”

This article outlines the service expansions CNUC has made across the nation including drought emergency response operations, bat habitat inspections and post-fire tree risk assessments to name a few.

Read the full article below to learn more.

CNUC EXPANDS SERVICE OFFERINGS NATIONWIDE

A recurring theme within our organization over the last several years has been the expansion of our service offerings – which extends well beyond the scope of work we traditionally perform. While we often wear many hats and provide our clients with a variety of services, the recent increase in what we can offer our clients is encouraging.

The service expansion is taking place nationwide and affects all of our long-term contracts. Needless to say, we’re thrilled with the prospect of providing a higher level of assistance, and we fully expect this trend to continue into the future. The assistance we provide and the new roles we’re playing for our clients are quite often the result of changing environmental and ecological conditions, but they are also due to management strategies centered on integrated vegetation management (IVM) that our clients are now incorporating into their utility vegetation management (UVM) programs. Although the work being performed may differ location to location, the theme is the same: our employees are impacting the industry in multiple ways.

In California, CNUC has incorporated a team of inspectors to perform drought emergency response operations. This eight-person team takes a proactive approach by diagnosing incompatible vegetation in an effort to combat damaging wildfires that have ravaged the state. This emergency response-centered work has resulted in new positions for our employees. These positions focus on safety and reliability roles for our client, as well as emergency response coordination. Another additional job function, which has been steadily on the rise, has been utility infrastructure inspection. These inspections will help our clients stay in compliance with mandatory state and federal regulations. This work includes inspections along rights-of-way and substation inspection.

We’re also breaking new ground by providing other service offerings which have been outside the realm of traditional UVM-related work. Our transmission inspection crews based in Tennessee are now performing bat habitat inspections for the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat, which are threatened and endangered species. In the past, we’ve been involved in endangered species reporting and cultural site reporting, but this project is breaking new ground into a comprehensive ecological study. The assessments have been undertaken by companies in the environmental sector in the past, and our client is now relying on us to perform this service. We feel CNUC will be able to perform this role for more of our clients in the future.

CNUC’s division focused on technical applications has also been increasing their scope of work on current projects. They are currently performing post-fire tree risk assessments for a client affected by the Sonoma Valley Fire in September. Typically, the risk assessment project would focus solely on risks to distribution lines. This inspection, however, includes assessments along pipe lines, utility hardware, roads, buildings, wellheads and any manmade infrastructure which may have been affected. CNUC may undertake a complete pole inventory survey and pole labeling project after the reconstruction efforts are complete.

CNUC benefits from having a large number of experienced, knowledgeable consulting utility foresters (CUFs) which creates new avenues for growth. There are numerous other examples that show the value our employees provide our clients. Employees performing work planning and pre-inspecting services are now performing risk tree assessments, herbicide audits and safety audits. We also recently provided temporary assistance to assist a utility that was short-staffed, so their program could run along smoothly during a transitional period. Finally, we now have the CNUC Storm Team in place which is comprised of CUFs who possess the skill and knowledge to perform important storm restoration work. We are excited about our expanded role within the industry and look forward to the direction it will head in the future.

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