Damage Prevention

This track will explore best practices in reducing excavation damage to underground utility infrastructure utilizing risk analytic software and strategies that create an effective state damage prevention program. It will also look at how to foster good relationships between utilities and excavators and bridge communication gaps to reduce damages.

This track is sponsored by:

Meet the Damage Prevention Program Development Team. For questions or more information on this track, please contact Diana Zoren at 503.318.1108.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Digging into the Numbers: The Power of Analytics and Power Reduction
Speakers: Matt Fragale, Vice President of Utility Sales, Irth Solutions
Dennis Bott, Damage Prevention Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation
Ian Turnbull, Damage Prevention & Emergency Services Manager, FortisBC
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 State Damage Prevention Program
Speakers: Steven Fischer, Senior Program Manager, Outreach & Engagement, PHMSA – Office of Pipeline Safety
Tony Marino, Executive Officer, The Dig Safe Board
Join Steven Fischer, PHMSA Senior Program Manager and Tony Marino, Executive Officer of California’s Dig Safe Board to learn about the current and key pieces of effective state damage prevention programs.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Fostering Good Relationships Between Locators and Excavators
Speakers: Eric Bird, President, L2 Excavation
Brent Hunziker, Vice President, Natural Gas, Whitaker Construction
Harley Hartman, Sr VP Operations, ELM Utility Services
Bryan Rich, VP Operations, ELM Utility Services
Franco Massari, Vice President of Natural Gas Operations, Das-Co of Idaho
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
Speaker: Eric Bongen, Safety Director, MEI Group
Paul Radel, Quality Performance & Business Development Manager, International Line Builders Inc.
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.