Patents Assigned to Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
  • Patent number: 8680994
    Abstract: A method for designating vegetation as potential impact vegetation includes identifying data relating to target vegetation from a dataset and determining a reach distance of the target vegetation. The reach distance includes a distance from a point on a ground to a point of the target vegetation that is farthest from the point on the ground. The method also includes comparing the reach distance of the target vegetation with a closest distance between the point on the ground and a structure to produce a compared reach distance value and determining a health indicator value for the target vegetation. The method further includes comparing the health indicator value of the target vegetation to a health indicator threshold value and designating the target vegetation as having a potential to impact the structure based on the compared reach distance value and the comparison of the health indicator to the health indicator threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Vesa Johannes Leppanen, Adam Robert Rousselle, Hugh Andrew Clymer, Leighton Dalmasse, Brian Beck, Jari Kinnunen, Andrey Shipilov
  • Publication number: 20130156258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to acquire direct thermal measurements, for example, from a LiDAR collecting vehicle or air vessel, of an overhead electrical conductor substantially simultaneous with collection of 3-dimensional location data of the conductor, and utilize temperature information derived from the direct thermal measurements in line modeling, line rating, thermal line analysis, clearance analysis, and/or vegetation management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: UTILITY RISK MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, LLC
    Inventor: UTILITY RISK MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130066600
    Abstract: A method of real-time line rating of a transmission line includes receiving, by a processor, real time transmission line conductor measurements of a transmission line having a plurality of conductor line segments from at least one real time line monitoring device. The processor generates a prediction model for at least one of the plurality of conductor line segments. Parameters of the at least one conductor line segment are predicted by the processor using the received transmission line conductor measurements and the prediction model and conductor locations of the at least one conductor line segment are simulated within a transmission line model based on the predicted parameters. The processor compares the conductor locations to one or more objects within the transmission line model determines conductor clearance distances between the simulated conductor locations and the one or more objects within the transmission line model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Robert Rousselle, Vesa Johannes Leppanen, Kevin Brzys
  • Patent number: 8374821
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to acquire direct thermal measurements, for example, from a LiDAR collecting vehicle or air vessel, of an overhead electrical conductor substantially simultaneous with collection of 3-dimensional location data of the conductor, and utilize temperature information derived from the direct thermal measurements in line modeling, line rating, thermal line analysis, clearance analysis, and/or vegetation management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Robert Rousselle, Vesa Johannes Lepppanen, Kevin Brzys, Hugh Andrew Clymer, Dawn Marie Smith
  • Patent number: 8352410
    Abstract: A method for estimating vegetation growth relative to an object of interest is disclosed. A target vegetation is identified from a second sensing dataset. A corresponding target vegetation is identified in a first sensing dataset, the first sensing dataset collected at a time before the second sensing dataset. A first statistic is attributed to the corresponding target vegetation based on a distance of one or more points of the corresponding target vegetation in the first sensing dataset relative to the object of interest. A second statistic is attributed to the target vegetation based on a distance of one or more points of the target vegetation in the second sensing dataset relative to the object of interest. An encroachment rate is determined from a comparison of the first statistic and the second statistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Robert Rousselle, Vesa Johannes Leppanen, Alan John DeJong, Hugh Andrew Clymer, Brian James Cormican
  • Patent number: 8275570
    Abstract: A method for modeling of an overhead electrical conductor, includes: collecting 3-dimensional location data of the conductor; substantially simultaneous with said collecting, acquiring a thermal measurement of the conductor with a local thermal sensor; and generating a CAD model of the conductor using the collected 3-dimensional location data of the conductor and the thermal measurement of the conductor. The CAD model facilitates thermal line analysis of the conductor, thermal rating of a power line that includes the conductor, clearance analysis relative to the conductor, and vegetation management relative to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Robert Rousselle
  • Patent number: 8275547
    Abstract: A method for locating a stem of a target tree is disclosed. The target tree is identified from a sensing dataset. At least one slice is created from the sensing dataset. The at least one slice includes at least a portion of the target tree. A tree stem location of the target tree is determined from the at least one slice. A system for locating a stem of a target tree is also disclosed. The system has a processor configured to implement the described method. The system also has a data input coupled to the processor and configured to provide the processor with the sensing dataset. The system further has a user interface coupled to either the processor or the data input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Utility Risk Management Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Robert Rousselle, Vesa Johannes Leppanen, Jari Tapio Kinnunen, Alan John DeJong, Hugh Andrew Clymer, Leighton Edward Dalmasse