Damage Prevention

This track focuses on strategies and best practices in Damage Prevention. Session topics will cover predictive analytics, improving map accuracy and partnering with excavators to reduce damages.

Meet the Damage Prevention Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Digging into the Numbers: The Power of Analytics and Power Reduction
An examination of a company that has implemented risk analytic software within their damage prevention program. The session should include the following:

• Overview of the current program and how it was implemented
• Data detailing the results and impacts of using the software to reduce damages
• Application and uses of the risk scoring for operational uses
• Next steps/Future plans

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
What Makes an Effective Damage Prevention Program
A bird’s eye view from a state, such as California on how their state has responded to PHMSA’s input and how that has impacted their damage reduction efforts. May include:

• Most important components of a good DP program
• What is lacking in some programs
• How to successfully correct a failed audit
• Differences in state requirements

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Fostering Good Relationships Between Locators and Excavators
The challenges that line locators and excavators face and how to break down the communication barriers. Will include:

• Solutions:
Good Communication
Trust
Respect for time management
Positive Response
Ticket Management for excavators (best practice and resources)
• Trust factors to ensure ongoing success

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Bridging the Gap: In-Depth Look at Damage Prevention from Excavators Perspective
This session will bring two excavators who are members of NUCA to discuss how damage prevention looks from their angle. Each presenter will give a short overview of how they utilize damage prevention tools, followed by a Q&A style round table, and will be moderated.