Knaresborough-based NM Group and Durham University have received an Outstanding grade by the national innovation agency, Innovate UK, for their joint research into the risks vegetation can pose to power supplies.
NM Group uses 3D mapping techniques to optimise the performance of electricity networks, and the project used geospatial data to develop powerful new vegetation management risk tools.
The research was part of a government-funded scheme known as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), which fosters academic and industry cooperation to promote innovation. As well as drawing on scientific research from Durham University, the project was aided by the Knowledge Transfer Network, who helped facilitate the programme.
Sophie Davison, NM Group’s KTP associate, said: “We wanted to be able to provide data that improves the efficiency for utility foresters as well as for asset managers and auditors. The KTP funding enabled us to accelerate the research and ensure it was developed with rigorous scientific methods”.
The Knowledge Transfer Network had an important role in supporting and governing the project, acting for Innovate UK and providing 50 per cent of the funding.