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.
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Using Predictive Analytics to Identify High-Risk Excavations and Prevent Damage
Speakers: Mishal Thadani, Director of Market Development and Policy, Urbint
Nancy Maynard, Manager of Damage Prevention Program Management, NiSource
Brad Roulo, Asset Protection Manager, Southern Company
Utilities are able to reduce damages by over 40 percent in a single year by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict where dig-ins are likely to occur. In back-to-back sessions you’ll learn how predictive models are trained and how utilities can use the intelligence to strategically target their damage prevention resources.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Training on Damage Prevention + COVID-19 Impacts
Speaker: Scott Gallegos, Damage Prevention Supervisor, NW Natural
Join utility leaders from Western North American energy companies as they discuss their COVID-19 response strategies and virtual training opportunities during the COVID-19 response, and how they are planning for the summer.
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Partnering with Excavators to Reduce Damages
Speakers: Pat McEntee, Vice President, Owner, Central Paving
Brent Hunziker, Vice President Operations, Natural Gas, Whitaker Construction
Adam Corleone, Director of Operations, Wood Brothers Construction
Eric Bird, President, L2 Excavation
This session will share strategies for working with excavators in a cooperative effort to avoid damages.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
When Persuasion Fails: Strategies for Changing Unsafe Digging Behavior
Speakers: Mel Christopher, Executive Director, Gold Shovel Standard
Dennis Bott, Damage Prevention Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation
Andy Snelgrove, Membership Director, Gold Shovel Standard
Share strategies, both incentives and penalties, that are effective in getting excavators to change unsafe digging behavior.