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KNOWLEDGE, INSIGHT & STRATEGY FOR UTILITY FLEET LEADERS

Matting presents a variety of hazards that must be identified and mitigated.
It’s a busy time in our industry. We have challenges associated with normal operations and maintenance of the grid. We’re also faced with new and increasing work involving distributed generation, vehicle charging infrastructure and major transmission projects. Both existing and emerging work require access to the respective work areas, and with this comes the associated […]
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In-Vehicle Onboard Camera
The key is balancing system capabilities with drivers’ privacy concerns.

6 Factors to Consider When Spec’ing Onboard Cameras

Onboard cameras can help utility fleets lower litigation risks and offer an extra set of eyes to coach drivers and improve safety. But they can also be a hard sell to many operators – and their uni…
Maintenance Suizo Dec 23 UFP
Two utility fleet professionals share guidance on making the optimal choice.

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: What’s Best for Your Operation?

When it comes to purchasing parts, how do fleet professionals decide whether to take the OEM route or explore aftermarket options? UFP recently spoke with Alan Cunningham, superintendent of fleet m…

In Many Ways, Fleet Management is Sales

In this issue’s “Women in Utility Fleet” feature, I speak with Lissa Brady, the fleet asset manager at San Diego Gas & Electric and a director on the EUFMC board. We talked about her nontraditi…

Safety Signs and the Importance of Training

When I think about safety signs, the first thing I hear in my head is the hit 1970s song “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band, particularly the part that goes, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blocki…

Reflection and Respect

This year marks my 10th anniversary with Utility Fleet Professional and eight years as its editor. Reflecting on my time at UFP, I’m struck by the level of expertise you need to succeed in the util…

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TAKE YOUR UTILITY FLEET TO NEW HEIGHTS OF EFFICIENCY AND COST SAVINGS

FASTER ASSET SOLUTIONS – FEBRUARY 2023

A NEW ERA OF FLEET CONTROL

Your Roadmap for Implementing a State-of-the-Art Fleet Management System

Managing a utility fleet today is beyond demanding. You’re tasked with constantly improving and optimizing the management of your fleet—especially challenging in our current times of rapidly rising costs.

iPi Monthly Forum for Utility Professionals

The iPi monthly forum is where you can get answers to questions you have from subject matter experts like David McPeak, Jim Vaughn, Danny Raines and other utility safety and ops professionals like yourself. Forums will include industry specific topics, challenges, trends, and solutions along with best practices in leadership, operations, and safety.
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Smarts Fleets & Technology

The more fleets that use AI-driven tools, the better they become for everyone.

The Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Telematics

While the flying automated cars of “The Jetsons” cartoon are still to come, the growing power of artificial intelligence is moving fleet telematics into the future. Smart telematics systems are already in use by many fleets, but the technology is moving to the next level with the integration o…
Industry professionals share insights about optimizing the procurement process.

Tire Procurement Strategies for Utility Fleets

Con Edison, headquartered in New York, operates a fleet of approximately 8,100 active assets ranging from light- to heavy-duty vehicles, including digger derricks, flush trucks, bucket trucks, tankers, tow trucks, buses and trailers. The utility’s tire procurement decisions are made by an inte…
A range of factors must be considered when determining which fuel type best serves your fleet’s operation.

How to Make the Right Choice: Gas vs. Diesel for Medium-Duty Trucks

Weighing whether to select gasoline versus diesel power for work trucks is enough to make your head spin into another dimension – of choice, that is. Thanks to advances in engine designs and greater availability of gasoline power, there is more than ever to think about when picking a gasoline or …
Featured Products & Services

Bigfoot Utility Pole Stand

Bigfoot Construction Equipment offers a new pole stand that allows for the secure and elevated placement of utility poles, making it seamless to place, pick or store the poles. The stand is made of the same custom composite material as the rest of Bigfoot’s quality outrigger pads. That material i…

Fleet Profiles


Women in Utility Fleet: Lissa Brady

Lissa Brady arrived at the University of Washington as an English major and graduated with an international studies degree. She served in various sales roles for nearly 25 years with GE Capital (now Element Financial Corp.), PACCAR Financial and Terex Utilities, earning her MBA along the way. Sal…

Using Supporting Materials with Stabilizers and Outriggers

When utility workers are tasked with setting up equipment, oftentimes it’s along roadsides with slopes, ditches or unstable surfaces. Unfortunately, equipment tip-overs continue to be one of the most common job site accidents, but they are generally preventable with proper planning, training and …
TEP's Julie Gomez

Women in Utility Fleet: Julie Gomez

In the past, a passion for cars and mechanical expertise marked the starting point for a career in fleet management. Today, there are many roads to fleet success. Take Julie Gomez as an example. Her journey began in 2003 with a customer service role at Tucson Electric Power (TEP). Within a year, …
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6 Lessons Learned (So Far) on the Fast Track to an All-Electric Fleet

Ready or not, EVs are coming to your fleet. Governments have mandated it. Automakers have committed to it. And recent federal legislation has earmarked billions of dollars for it. But the colossal changes in vehicle design and “fueling” infrastructure will undoubtedly create numerous potholes on …

Using Supporting Materials with Stabilizers and Outriggers

When utility workers are tasked with setting up equipment, oftentimes it’s along roadsides with slopes, ditches or unstable surfaces. Unfortunately, equipment tip-overs continue to be one of the most common job site accidents, but they are generally preventable with proper planning, training and …
TEP's Julie Gomez

Women in Utility Fleet: Julie Gomez

In the past, a passion for cars and mechanical expertise marked the starting point for a career in fleet management. Today, there are many roads to fleet success. Take Julie Gomez as an example. Her journey began in 2003 with a customer service role at Tucson Electric Power (TEP). Within a yea…