Around 70 percent of DB’s tracks run through areas with tree cover. In recent years Deutsche Bahn has substantially expanded its vegetation management programme in order to become more storm-proof. This programme includes cutting back vegetation near the tracks, supporting stable tree species and performing intensive inspections of the vegetation.
Deutsche Bahn is investing in this programme, both in terms of funding and staffing – there are 125 million euros available annually for vegetation management. DB is now creating a digital map together with LiveEO, which will support and prioritise resource planning. The technology ensures that the only thing being captured is vegetation.
LiveEO has developed a method for surveying the ground over large areas, using satellite imagery with machine learning to evaluate the data. The collaboration between DB and LiveEO created an improvement of the application so that it could be used successfully for the first time.