Education

The education offered at Global Excavation Safety Conference VIRTUAL is presented by professional speakers and industry experts who share their time and experience to increase industry knowledge on damage prevention, excavation safety and public awareness. We are currently accepting abstracts for Global Excavation Safety Conference VIRTUAL. If you have knowledge to share with the industry, submit your abstract now for consideration.

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Sessions

Tony Thornton, Executive Director, American Fence Association
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There are 50 million+ fence posts in the ground, often installed on property lines and very near buried facilities. Learn how contractors deal with the many challenges fence contractors face and hear examples of some best practices endorsed by American Fence Association members.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator,  Electric,  Locate, One Call, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Phil Meis, Owner, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.
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Lawrence Arcand, P.Eng, PE, President, 4Sight Utility Engineers
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“All Models are Wrong, Some Models are Useful” is a quote from George E. P. Box, one of the great statistical minds of the 20th century.  While directed at statistical models, it also aptly applies to physical 3D models of utility infrastructure that are now proven, if properly developed, to be highly effective and valuable for facilitating project design, mitigating utility risk, and expediting construction schedules.  Danger looms in the fact that these are not digital twins, but models based on disparate record data and limited geophysical observations.  However, when utilities are systematically investigated, and data is analyzed and assimilated with professional knowledge and judgment, and depictions and 3D models developed in accordance with proven standards and best practices established by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the result is something that is remarkably useful and effective, and provides value far exceeding expectations.  This discussion covers methods and pitfalls associated with developing useful 3D models of utility infrastructure for projects.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Engineering

Session endorsed by UESI

Joe Tantarelli, Senior Safety Consultant, SafeStart®
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In this session Joe recalls the events of June 5, 1983 when he was nearly buried alive as he was installing pipe in a trench that suddenly collapsed on him.
Joe will explore how human error contributed to making serious mistakes that almost led him to die on the job. Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story will also look at the physical and emotional effects that incidents like this have not only on the person injured, but also on family, friends, co-workers, and a company’s safety culture. And by the end of the session, attendees will learn strategies to help workers avoid these types of incidents in the future.

Session is a part of the following tracks:
Excavator

Andrew Sylvest, SUE Practice Leader, Lamb-Star Engineering
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Jim Anspach, P.G(r), Dist.M.ASCE, Utility Engineering Subject Matter Expert
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Colorado introduced a new Design Ticket Standard in 2018. The new Colorado 18-167 law implements the need for a Subsurface Utility Engineering (S.U.E.) ticket as per ASCE 38 standard for certain projects. This provides the dissemination of much more reliable and accurate information for the engineers during the design phase, which is the first step in damage prevention for the project. The presentation will outline the history behind the formation of the standard as well as the impacts, benefits, and lessons learned that have been realized since its implementation.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Locate, One Call, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineer, Public Works

Session endorsed by UESI

Kelli Martin, Damage Prevention Liaison Manager, Indiana 811
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Dan Novak, Division Manager, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
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In this session, Kelli Martin and Dan Novak discuss how Indiana’s Pipeline Association worked together with state regulators to successfully complete 24 Four-Year Effectiveness Public Awareness audits in 3 days.  Attendees will learn about the Indiana Pipeline Awareness Association which has 100% participation statewide and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Discussion focuses on how these two organizations worked together to complete a large number of PA audits in a short amount of time and what successes came from the process.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services

Brian Yee-Chan, Project Manager, Cross Commodity Work Coordination, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
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Nathalie Ramos, Project Specialist, Cross Commodity Work Coordination, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
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Public streets make up 34% of New York City’s land area.  Con Edison’s electric, gas, and steam infrastructure is buried underneath those same streets.  If utility construction work is not coordinated with local paving, the utility incurs additional paving costs and gives another reason for some of the 10 million New York residents to bemoan its service.

Con Edison started the Work Coordination group in 2019 to improve the customer experience by coordinating local paving schedules with Con Edison’s construction work.  In this short time it has saved nearly $6 million while improving relationships with local agencies and the general public.  The team combines personal accountability with geospatial data to produce successful results.  Nathalie Ramos and Brian Yee-Chan will take you through the challenges and successes of Work Coordination.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, One Call, Oil/Gas, Public Works

Michelle Petrusevich, MA, Public Safety Manager, FortisBC
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Laura Dale, Director, Preventable – The Community Against Preventable Injuries
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had major ramifications on everyday life, including the way our industry communicates damage prevention with target audiences and stakeholders. The pandemic has changed the way we do business, travel, and interact with each other and the long-term effects are still unfolding before us. Meetings that might once have been face-to-face, or, in a group setting, have moved online. To be effective, we had to adapt and find new and creative ways to reach our target audiences.
In British Columbia, homeowners (on average) contribute to over 30% of damages to underground infrastructure. With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us closer to home, more homeowners renovated in and around their house. Many renovation projects happened outside and included ground disturbance work such as installing a fence or gardening. Often times homeowners do not realize the many potential hazards associated with unsafe digging practices.
The word “…WHOOPS” could be the first, among other choice words, cried after a homeowner inadvertently damages underground infrastructure in their backyard. No one wakes up expecting to hit a utility line when they are gardening, but if they do – it can have serious consequences especially during the pandemic.
It was for this reason that a group of industry-leaders in British Columbia, FortisBC, BC 1 Call, BC Common Ground Alliance, BC Oil and Gas Commission, TC Energy, and WorkSafeBC, came together to rethink the way British Columbian homeowners were engaged with ground disturbance related information. Through partnership with the Community Against Preventable Injuries, a not-for-profit social marketing firm focused on injury prevention, a campaign was developed to address the common underlying attitude that contributes to both injury and damage prevention.
In this presentation, we will provide the content of how this campaign was developed, discuss the campaign elements, challenges, and share the lessons learned along the way.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Electric, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services, Public Works

Daniel FitzPatrick, Damage Prevention Field Operations Planner, Orange and Rockland Utilities
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Utility companies utilize several strategies aimed at reducing damages. With a greater focus on pro-active damage prevention, a patroller program is an emerging strategy focused on building a working relationship between the utility and the excavator to prevent damages. This session will focus on the techniques to set up and run an effective patroller program which has been proven to reduced damages.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Electric, Oil/Gas,  Water/Sewer, Telecom, 

James Willis, M.Sc, CMAS, CHS-I, President, InDev Specialists, Inc.
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Some handle verbal confrontations with ease, but for most, it’s difficult and unpleasant. Utility workers are no exception, and de-escalation is seldom the go-to response. Utility work tends to attract Type-A personalities, so backing down is rarely the first instinct. The good news is de-escalation is a learned skill, not a natural talent. Personnel who deal with the public need proactive skills that allow them to understand when and how to engage, when to disengage, and when to escape the situation.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

John Brix, Motivational Safety Speaker
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This presentation discusses how the industry is failing to identify the difference between the two aspects. The presentation also gives tools and examples of how to create training that reduces costs, increases memory retention in the field, and will produce a certified and competent worker.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board, Professional Speaker

Joe Wise, Region Customer Training Manager, United Rentals
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This presentation includes a review of the results from a 2019 trench survey, conducted by CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, created to reveal potential factors that may contribute to the alarming rise in trench fatalities. As we consider those results we will review the responsibilities of the Competent Person and what they need to manage on a project with regard to soils, underground installations and the safety of the workers. We will conclude by discussing common and uncommon solutions for protecting workers and underground installations alike.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Denis Courchesne, President and CEO, Info-Excavation
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With respect to the quality of information related to the location of underground infrastructures, the issues encountered today are closely connected to our prior knowledge. Owners of underground infrastructures have all experienced issues linked to the knowledge of where their infrastructures are precisely located.
In cooperation with one of its partners, Info-Excavation is currently working on a solution to deal with these issues. Using deep learning methods of artificial intelligence, this solution aims to accurately reposition underground infrastructures within the public right-of-way.
For several years, land markings have been made to locate certain sections of underground infrastructures. Unfortunately, owners hardly ever used this knowledge to update their system’s geospatial data referencing.
To improve the response to locate requests made by contractors related to future excavation projects, reduce the processing volume of these requests and diminish their inherent cost to owners of underground infrastructures, the quality of information known on these installations must be improved.
The goal of this initative is to assess the use of automatic learning algorithms to help improve the process of locating underground infrastructures. The results of this multi-phased project as well as its intended use will be presented after each phase.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Locate, One Call, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineering, Public Works

Lyn McDonell, C. Dir CMC, President, The Accountability Group
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This session will help directors and senior staff go beyond the basics.  Participants will learn how great boards focus on their real purpose in an organization, how meaningful agendas can be constructed, and how honest dialogue with leadership staff supports better thinking, strategy and performance. 

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board

John Sparks, Director of Damage Prevention, Texas 811
Marty Mead, Director of Damage Prevention, Colorado 811
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Join John Sparks of Texas 811 and Marty Mead of Colorado 811 as they lead a group discussion on creating a successful statewide DPC program.

This session is part of the following tracks:
One Call

Phil Meis, Owner, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.
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Eric  Berkowitz, Project Director, GEO.works International, Inc.
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How to get utility data needed to properly develop and deliver a project?  A proactive solution implemented for Montana DOT with SHRP2 R01A funding integrates utility permitting with collecting 3D digital data on new and exposed infrastructure in a 3D data repository compliant with ASCE’s new Utility “As-built”.  This solution captures Utility as-built, SUE and Contractor utility data for ongoing construction, damage prevention, O&M, future planning and design, and a myriad of life cycle ROW and asset management practices including systems impact analysis, optimized placement of utility installations, effective inspections, advanced coordination and control of 3rd party activities within the ROW.  Utilities benefit with reduced strikes on their facilities, advanced coordination, as well as ability to access data to safely construct their own facilities faster with less risk and cost.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Locate, Engineer, Public Works

Session endorsed by UESI

Geoff Zeiss, Principal, Between the Poles
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Damage to underground utilities during construction represents a significant risk to the public and is a major cause of construction project delays and budget overruns. Annual fatalities attributable to underground utility damage are comparable to those resulting from commercial aviation incidents and costs society billions of dollars. In North America there are about 400,000 reported incidents of utility damage every year, the Netherlands sees about 41,000, but in Japan, there were only 134 utility damages in 2016! Why? In this session, Geoff will describe international initiatives taking place in the UK, US, Netherlands and Belgium, that are seeking to reduce the number of incidents of underground utility damage, and, reduce risk during construction.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, GIS, Locate

Session endorsed by GITA

Matthew Wolf, President, ImpulseRadar
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Clifford Meis, P.E., Project Engineer, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.
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The SUE industry is adopting the use of more high-tech tools as they become refined to acquire as much Quality Level B utility designation data as is possible. In 2020 ASCE 38-02, Standard Guideline for Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, is slated for a major update to include guidelines for detection and depiction for 3D representation of utilities. One of the main tools to aid in designation of 3D utility data is GPR arrays. In the past the barriers to entry into this tech platform was the low speed of the systems and time to process the data to get results from field to deliverable. New generation arrays seamlessly integrate into the SUE workflow with complimentary technology such as EM and other advanced tools to produce the most comprehensive underground solution possible prior to Quality Level A test hole programs.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Electric, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineering, Public Works

Session endorsed by UESI

Darrell Lee, Product Manager, Sensors & Software
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GPR is a powerful tool for locating metallic and non-metallic buried utilities. The data collected can contain a lot of useful information and some not so useful information. This talk will discuss some tips and tricks for interpreting GPR data for making informed decisions.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Locate, One Call, Regulatory/EmergencyServices, Engineering, Public Works

Dr. Kathy Gruver, Speaker, Author, Coach
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It’s pretty obvious to most of us that we have different aspects of our personalities that come out in different situations. We are different around our parents than we are our bosses. We have a different attitude and persona when dealing with children than we do dealing with our coworkers, or hopefully we do. What if we can examine these different states, get to know them and call them at will to help us acheive more and optimize our time and performance? Using ego state theory we can identify the working aspects of our personality, name them and learn how to bring forward our best self for the situation at hand. Practical, easy, and effective techniques to help you be the best you, you can be.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board

Devin Bennett, Ph.D., LPS, Inc
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Dr. Devin Bennett presents a proven approach used in more than 100+ countries and 10+ industries that has helped organizations improve work performance, which has implications on revenue losses, asset reliability, environmental and regulatory issues, work quality, equipment and property damage, etc. –– not just safety. This approach requires leaders to think and manage differently and challenges industry paradigms and assumptions that enable organizational resilience and world-class performance.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Oil/Gas,Regulatory/Emergency Services, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Carol Dodgen, Owner, Dodgen Security
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Being aware of your surroundings and learning to recognize and heed nuances of danger could save your life. In this session, we will learn where our greatest threats come from, how to reduce risk, and skills for dealing with danger. Why do we often get “a bad feeling” about a person or situation? We will discover where that feeling comes from and why we should trust it. Additionally, we will look at recent trends and case studies for lessons learned.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineer, Public Works

Glen “Cookie” Cook, Principal Community Safety Specialist, Energy Queensland
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The Energy Queensland Group delivers electricity to the state of Queensland in Australia, through approximately 1.7 million power poles and 220,000km’s of overhead and underground powerlines across the Ergon Energy and Energex Networks.
In Queensland, Australia an average of 750 accidental contacts occur with powerlines. Unfortunately, each year one person is electrocuted and approximately 15 people are severly burned and injured. On average, 25 overhead contacts to one underground contact occurs in Queensland. All these accidents are avoidable and mainly occur due to a lack of planning, lack, and awareness of the powerline hazard and ‘inattentional blindness’. Inattentional blindness results from a lack of attention or when an individual fails to perceive danger in plain sight, such as powerlines. Put simply, we plan to work near the underground powerlines we cannot see, but not the overhead ones that we can.
Within Energy Queensland there is a small team of dedicated and passionate Community Safety Specialists whose job purpose is to foster positive and proactive association of powerline safety messages within the community and build community awareness of the dangers through Engaging, Educating, and Enabling workers and the community to reduce accidental contacts with overhead and underground powerlines. Through the passion and persistence of our community safety team driving safety in the excavation / construction and agricultural community Energy Queensland has produced the ‘Look up and Live’ app. ‘At Risk’ industries such as: excavation, building / construction, agriculture, and aviation are most at risk due to lack of planning and intattentional blindness. The community safety team saw a need for a powerline safety app which is publicly available, so while engaging and educating face-to-face with industries, we were able to enable behavior changes with a completely free product that was easy to use and empowered workers to plan ahead. This tool was developed with ongoing consultation with industries to determine what features would be of value. Hence this tool enables the user to identify the powerline risk and hazard before staff even reach the site to work. Essentially this tool and process is similiar to a Dial Before You Dig / 811 / Click Before You Dig request, but provides an interactive self-serve safety tool for overhead powerlines.

Session is part of the following tracks: 
Electric

Josef Rosenberg, Contact Centre Manager, Alberta One-Call Corporation
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In recent years, there has been an increased push from One-Call groups toward a self-served, web-based locate submission system. While the merits of an increase in online requests are readily apparent from an economic standpoint, exactly how much economic impact can it have on a One-Call provider and their Membership, and is there any effect on the safety of the resulting excavations?

Session is part of the following tracks:
One Call

James Willis, M.Sc, CMAS, CHS-I, President, InDev Specialists, Inc.
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Improving your situational awareness skills depends entirely on you. You begin to improve your situational awareness the moment you decide to take a proactive step in paying attention. Situational awareness training can be a life saver. And good training can help you become more effective at your craft and will provide insights into subtle ways to increase awareness and assess situations.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Santosh Saride, Vice President Strategy & Business Development, PRISUM Technologies (A Condux International Company)

Funded by PHMSA, join Santosh Kumar Saride to learn about the development of an advanced technological tool for 3D mapping a gas pipelines and be able to seamlessly load data to a GIS database.
Mitigate third-party pipeline damage and crossbores at the earliest stages through the development of a geospatial probe to map existing buried utilities through insertion into live gas pipelines to provide accurate locations of utilities. Also, a cloud-based data collection system will be created in order to effortlessly collect and store data.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, GIS, Trenchless Tech, Oil/Gas, Regulatory, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineering, Public Works

Kelley Heinz, Damage Prevention/Claims Investigator, ComEd
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The presentation highlights what ComEd as a utility owner is doing to prevent damages to their facilities. We share a background on how our Damage Prevention team was formed, what we do, and the effects of electric damage and electric contact both from the excavator and the utility standpoint.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Electric, Oil/Gas, Teleco

John Wilburn, Partner, McGuireWoods
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Richard Holzheimer, Partner, McGuireWoods
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In recent years, operation and pipeline professionals have faced increased scrutiny to identify encroachment issues and develop strategies to prevent them. This presentation will discuss potential legal solutions and business strategies to prevent and addresses encroachments.

Session is part of the following tracks: 
Oil/Gas

David Heldenbrand, PE, CFI, President, Bison Engineering
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Daniel Saavedra, Forensic Civil Engineer, Bison Engineering, Inc.
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This session will examine actual incidents of gas line damage and a resulting fire or explosion. It will examine first responder activities and factors of soil migration that were present. By attending this session, the attendee will have a better understanding of future possible first responder activities to reduce the risk of injuries from explosions after an incident.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Trenchless Technology, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services, Public Works

Raz Ezra, Director of Business Development, 4M Analytics

Major projects in rural areas costs tens of millions of dollars n surveying costs. Typically, surveying activities are done manually and inefficiently. During the pre-construction phase incorrect and incomplete data are initially used resulting in budget overruns, delays, claims, and utility strikes.
Over two years of R&D, 4M Analytics has developed a distinctive solution that is able to pinpoint underground utilities through collecting massive amounts of data, utilizing remote sensing capabilities artificial intelligence, and computer vision in a data fusion engine delivering meaningful insights from the data captured. Join Raz Ezra has he reviews case studies compiled over the past two years.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, Engineering

Drew Markewicz, PE, PMP, Senior Project Manager, Director of Highways and Utilities, NV5

Session description pending

Session is a part of the following tracks:
Regulatory/Emergency Services, Engineering

Session endorsed by UESI

Sher Kirk, Operations Director, Alberta One-Call Corporation
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Damage prevention is an endeavour with many moving parts and many stakeholders. Standardization is about creating a common language that reduces the risk of misinterpretation: best practices, industry standards, regulation, consistency, safety controls. These things give us ways of cleaning up potentially dangerous inconsistencies and finding more efficient, cost-effective ways to share information among stakeholders.  I was told that creating a standard ‘one-call’ ticket format was an impossibility. In 2018 I set out to prove them wrong and led a group of industry professionals to successfully align the business rules and ticket formats of the four western Canadian One-Call centres. In this session, Sher talks about the why, the challenges in the process, and what we have learned in the last two years about standard ticket formats.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric,  Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works, 

Dr. Kathy Gruver, Speaker, Author, Coach
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Communication is key. But what happens when the people communicating are speaking different languages? Learn what type of communicator you are and how to reach across that divide to reach people who communicate in a different way. A combination of communication skills, NLP, improvisation and psychology will imbue the audience with new skills and understanding to make sure their message is heard, effective, and productive. Whether between coworkers, team members, bosses, or in front of an audience.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board

Dr. Kathy Gruver, Speaker, Author, Coach
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It is imperative that we recognize that stress is not the problem – it’s our reaction to our stress and we can learn to control it. Acquire cutting edge self-care techniques – affirmations, visualization, mindfulness techniques, and mini-meditations – that staff can do on their own for better health. A stress-free staff is a productive, healthy, and happy staff. Dr. Gruver will share her decades of experience and you will walk away inspired to make positive changes in your life and your company.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board

Corey Biddle, Business Development Manager, T2 Utility Engineers
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Jim Anspach, P.G.(r), Dist.M.ASCE, Utility Engineering Subject Matter Expert
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Subsurface Utility Engineering and bringing up-to-date practices to the application of SUE for public works projects. SUE incorporates existing and emerging technology to identify, characterize, and map underground utility facilities throughout the project development process. This talk answers basic questions about SUE, such as, “What is it?”, “How is it used?”, and “What is its future?”. Also included: criteria on consult prequalification criteria and a checklist of scoping items that affect costs and scheduling. Learn more about this valuable resource for engineers, contractors, and project owners working to improve the quality and efficiency of public works projects.

Session is a part of the following tracks:
Engineering, Public Works

Session endorsed by UESI

Ricky Rollins, Motivational Safety Speaker
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Our family, friends and co-workers care what happens to you and you care what happens to them.  What happens to you affects them and what happens to them affects you.  We should learn from what happens to them and listen to them when they tell us something for our own good.  They only tell us things for our own good because they care about us.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board, Excavator, Electric, GIS, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Engineer, Public Works

John Brix, Motivational Safety Speaker
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The mind is the most magnificent mechanism ever created and how you program it can affect you in a powerful way– whether that means achieving more in business, reigniting your relationship or discovering what remarkable achievements you can truly accomplish. The Power of Don’t will not only educate you on how the inner workings of the subconscious minds affects our personal performance but tools and philosophies will also be shared to improve personal success and mental capability.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Board, Professional Speaker

Cliff Meidl, President, Cliff Meidle Enterprises, LLC
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From electrical construction accident survivor to Olympian, Cliff Meidl’s dynamic presentation shares his incredible journey of resilience and vision and how he persevered to overcome many challenges. In this session (you will hear) his remarkable story of how he overcame a near-death electrical accident and the vital tools he used to move beyond obstacles.
Cliff will demonstrate how worksite accidents affect both our employees and families. He will discuss the steps he believes are most important in creating a safety culture of excellence. We all strive to be our best and want to be a part of a thriving and winning organization. His presentation focuses on how breaking down barriers and entering the unknown can provide incredible opportunities, not only in life, but also in business.
Many of Cliff’s concepts demonstrate how utilizing tools, innovation and the power of “The Fire Within” are key to overcoming adversities and excelling. Cliff believes in the “Give Back” – the power to influence, inspire and utilize our leadership edge in order to create that culture of excellence. Cliff has presented his story around the nation including many times at the Excavation Safety Conference, authored articles in dp-PRO, and has been an 811 Ambassador and Spokesperson.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Electric

Cesar Quiroga, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Research Engineer and Manager, Texas Transportation Institute of Texas A&M University
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has adopted Utility Engineering as an engineering specialty defined as a branch of engineering that focuses on the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and asset management of utility systems, as well as the interaction between utility infrastructure and other civil infrastructure.  The second part of the definition recognizes that utility facilities do not exist in a vacuum.  Utility facilities exist in a complex environment that includes underground and aboveground elements that constantly interact with other infrastructure within the right of way.  It is in this environment that public agencies design and build projects.

The foundation of utility engineering is six integrated pillars: Utility Coordination, Utility Investigations, Utility Conflict Management, Utility Design, Utility Construction, and Utility Asset Management.  The presentation will discuss the risks of not conducting utility engineering, define and describe the pillars of utility engineering, describe utility engineering stages within the project delivery process, and provide ideas and thoughts for implementation.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Engineering

Session endorsed by UESI

Mel Christopher, Executive Director, Gold Shovel Standard
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Andrew Brooks, Damage Prevention Program Manager, Dominion Energy
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Join the Executive Director of Gold Shovel Standard and Dominion Energy to discuss examples of the pursuit of improved damage performance through the use of recent tools, systems and measures that organizations are implementing to help reduce damages now and in the future.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom

Bruce Magee, Regional Product Development Manager, United Rentals
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Even though OSHA’s construction industry-focused confined space regulations have been out since 2015, there is still much confusion as to exactly which Standard should be followed. This presentation will help to clarify and address the misunderstanding between when workers should follow the General Industry Standard, 1910.146, and the Construction Industry Standard, 1926 Subpart AA. Keeping those clarifications in mind, we will then address the importance of training your workers on the proper standard and provide ways to ensure everyone is compliant and safe.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Louis Panzer, Executive Director, NC811
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Reducing damages to underground utilities is one of the primary goals of construction stakeholders. The societal and economic impacts of such damages are substantial. To minimize potential damages to underground utilities, one-call notification programs have been created to coordinate efforts that aim to locate utilities before excavating. One-call centers are distributed throughout the United States and have been collecting damages data for years. However, few, if any, studies have evaluated the overall process of one-call centers and whether their services are adequately designed and efficiently delivered to utility owners and excavators. Thus, the present study aims to fill this gap in practice by investigating underground utility damages and evaluating the overall process. To achieve the aim of the study, two methods of data collection were adopted. Damage data from the state of North Carolina in 2017 were obtained to examine trends and frequencies of damages. In addition, a survey was developed and used to evaluate the overall process of one-call centers and identify deficiencies. Among other findings, the results suggest that damages to telecommunication and television (Tele/TV) lines are more frequent than other types of damages and that, overall, Tele/TV contractors are the primary contributors to most damages. The study also reveals that locate time is the most deficient component in the locating process. Findings from the present study are expected to help construction stakeholders and state agencies improve the locating process and management of underground utilities.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Locate, Trenchless Technology, One Call, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom, Public Works

Coral Lukaniuk, P.Eng., Principal, coRoc Solutions
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Over five years ago, there was an explosion in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. It destroyed a home, damaged several others, sent three to the hospital, injured 40, and left hundreds of residents without natural gas. Luckily, there were no fatalities. After five years, a fine was issued in 2020 but the memories remain vivid. Join Coral on this visual journey hearing from those impacted.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, One Call, Oil/Gas, Regulatory/Emergency Services

Mark Bruce, President, Cross Bore Safety Association
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The Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction was finalized in 2019 with includes recommendations from representatives of utility owners, pipeline installers, inspection service providers, regulators and manufacturers. A strong focus is offered on cross bores of sewers and gas distribution and with recommendations useful for all types of utilities. The target stakeholder includes project managers for utilities, installers and inspection providers with recommendations for improvement of regulatory rate support, revision of regulatory safety regulations and Call Before You Dig legislation. The goal of the document is to achieve faster and more efficient risk reduction from existing cross bores and minimize the creation of new cross bores using leading practices. Municipal ordinance revision recommendations and sewer system operators can contribute to the effort with resulting improvement for the public and cooperation recommendations which can lower sewer operation costs due to required inspections of their sewer systems. Risk modeling, QAQC and the use of GIS data structures are included throughout the recommendations. In short the document includes details for operations as well as improvements across all stakeholders, flow charts, examples of project documentation and descriptive graphics. References included are extensive and offer a path for further expanding the user’s knowledge base of cross bores risk reduction.

Session is part of the following tracks:
Excavator, Electric, Trenchless Technology, Oil/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telecom

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