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.

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Using Predictive Analytics to Identify High Risk Excavations and Prevent Damage
This session will review case studies of two utilities who have reduced damages based on new tactics that employed artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to sift through dig ticket and other available data to predict which planned excavations are at greatest risk of causing damage.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
How GPS and Process Improvements are Improving Map Accuracy and Reducing Damages
This session will describe best practices in improving the accuracy of maps of underground facilities and in sharing information with locators and excavators.

April 16, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Partnering with Excavators to Reduce Damages
This session will share strategies for working with excavators in a cooperative effort to avoid damages.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Navigating Behaviors
Speaker: Dennis Bott, Damage Prevention Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation
Share strategies, both incentives and penalties, that are effective in getting excavators to change unsafe digging behavior.