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10 | CEATI - Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation, Rob Young

Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI)


This episode features an interview with Rob Young, Executive Director of the Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia, and Technical Advisor to the research organization CEATI. Rob spent over 25 years developing and leading Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) programs at Nova Scotia Power for 5,500 km of transmission and 27,000 km of distribution lines.


In this interview, we discuss the research organization CEATI, and the work it is doing to advance Utility Vegetation Management as a discipline. We cover several topics including:


  • Background on CEATI

  • Learning opportunities - Strategic Planning and Program Management, Technology Equipment and Products, Public and Social, Environmental Contribution

  • Best Management Practices for communication about VM programs

  • LiDAR, Phodar and the practical uses of satellite imagery

  • Fire and weather-related risk mitigation

  • Right of Ways as an asset of ecological value

  • Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Principles

  • Condition Based Management

  • A brief exploration of lobster by-laws in Nova Scotia


We hope that you find this episode of The UVM Podcast helpful. If you have any feedback on the episode or suggestions for topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes, please feel free to get in contact at podcast@utilityvegetationmanagement.com.


Rob can be found on LinkedIN here and the CEATI website is here.












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