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Xcel Battles Beatle-dead Trees with Lidar Mapping

Matt Ball on July 1, 2013 - in Energy, Maintenance

To reduce the risk of falling trees and fire, Xcel, Colorado’s largest utility, is using light detection and ranging technology, or lidar, to search for dead and dying trees near its 13,000 miles of lines.

In the past decade, the mountain pine beetle has infested more than 3 million acres of the state’s forests, leaving gray hulks in their wake.

Lidar, combined with a Global Positioning System and digital and infrared cameras, is creating a detailed record of a 400-foot-wide swath, centered on the power lines.

Read more via The Denver Post
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