Sig Guggenmoos

P. Ag. CPC President, Ecological Solutions Inc., Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Education: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture B.Sc.(Agr.)

Accreditations: Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.); Certified Professional Consultant (CPC)

Organizations: Alberta Institute of Agrologists, International Society of Arboriculture, Utility Arborist Association, Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta.

Mr. Guggenmoos was a chief architect of the TransAlta Utilities Distribution Line Clearance program, which reduced tree related outages 80%; saved 48 million dollars over two maintenance cycles; had a 98% customer satisfaction rating; and, showed a 21% increase in contractor crew productivity. He was responsible for the herbicide program, associated research and communication. In addition, he brought a financial focus to the program, developing processes for financial comparisons of alternatives to repetitive tree pruning and was intimately involved in the design and assessment of contracting methods.

As president of Ecological Solutions Inc. (Ecosync) Mr. Guggenmoos provides consulting services in vegetation management and biotic greenhouse gas mitigation strategies including biomass-derived energy.

Publications and Presentations:
Author of numerous abstracts and publications; numerous presentations to public, industry and professional associations including international conferences. List of publications available upon request.

tree fund
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Some years ago Arizona Public Service provided seed money to initiate the Utility Arborist Research Fund (UARF).
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funding vegetation management
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Vegetation Management in the News 1
Not infrequently I’ve been accused of being too serious
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Wildfire Risk
Last weekend there was an enormous haze over Alberta. It was due to wildfires burning hundreds of miles away down in the Okanogan of Washington State.
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A reporting system that provides budget status, unit costs and productivity measures can be an invaluable tool for utility managers.
Spurious Justifications for Underfunding Utility VM Programs 5
Over the past couple of months I traveled many miles in doing work for a transmission utility client.
The 2% Objection 1
One of the first tasks assigned to me when I joined TransAlta Utilities in 1985 was to develop a process for alternatives to repetitive tree pruning that was based on financial justifications.
No, You Cannot Have It All: The Beleaguered United Illuminating Co.
Fanciful thinking seems to play a large part in the public’s approach to utility vegetation management.
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Last month I questioned the relevance of peer-reviewed journals in advancing utility vegetation management.
Peer-Reviewed Journals 2
Clearly the intent of the peer review process is to ensure that information that is being disseminated is scientifically sound and valid.

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