Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) — or more accurately, remote sensing and geospatial technologies — is the latest buzz in this smart world in general and in the electric utility industry specifically. For the past couple of years, utilities' interest in everything LiDAR has grown, thanks to practices like vegetation management and the North American Electrical Reliability Corp. (NERC) FAC-003, FAC-008 and FAC-009 standards. The technology has been growing exponentially. ...

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