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Material Use Reduction as a Form of Resilience

Material Use Reduction as a Form of Resilience

Material Use Reduction as a Form of Resilience

02/14/20

“How can reducing material use be a form of resilience?”

 

Our modern civilization rests upon the consumption of materials. However, in the case of a supply-chain shock, whether it be natural or human-driven, can disrupt our internal balance. But just like reducing energy use can lead to increased security, reducing material use can protect against these sudden events. This is Material Use Reduction as a Form of Resilience.

Stormwater Planters

Stormwater Planters

Stormwater Planters

07/02/19

“How can we have a miniaturized rain garden?”

Rain Gardens are great for building large-scale flood resilience in tune with the environment. But sometimes we need it to take place on a smaller scale. This can be done with Stormwater Planters, which can funnel stormwater runoff into planters to nourish plant-life. 

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How LiDAR Can Be Used for Risk Assessment of Plant Overgrowth near Power lines

How LiDAR Can Be Used for Risk Assessment of Plant Overgrowth near Power lines

How LiDAR Can Be Used for Risk Assessment of Plant Overgrowth near Power lines

04/04/19

“How can we use LiDAR to prevent utility line failure from plant overgrowth?”

When there is too much foliage near a power line, the potential for fire can vastly increase. This means that utility companies will need to continuously monitor their transmission assets to build resilience. This can be extremely expensive to carry out and may not be within the reach of many company’s portfolios. However, what if we could use newer technology to solve this problem? Well, LiDAR has the ability to measure distances between objects and record them into real-time data. And we also know that drones can be used for autonomous scouting operations for a low financial overhead. So what if we were to hook up LiDAR to a drone and use it to monitor a transmission line trail? Well, this is How LiDAR Can Be Used for Risk Assessment of Plant Overgrowth near Power lines. Utilities in California should take note due to the dry conditions causing fertile conditions for forest fires and the close proximity of Silicon Valley.

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