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8:30 AM
Competent Person Training – TrenchSafety

8:30 AM
Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

7:45AM
Welcome to the Summit

8:00 AM
PHMSA Damage Prevention Update – Jocelyn ‘Jody’ Kerl PHMSA

9:00AM
Making Arkansas a safer place to live and work – Darrell Boggs, Arkansas 811

10:00AM
Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Lee Thurman, AT&T Risk Mgmt.

10:00AM
Locating 101 – Nik Taylor, Subsite

11:00AM
Enforcing the Dig Law affects every excavator in the state – John Ray, Public Service Commission

11:00AM
Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra

12:00PM
Lunch Buffet

1:30PM
Networking with Exhibitors – Indoor/outdoor demos

2:30PM
How we turn unlocatable plant into locatable plant – Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy

2:30PM
Water system damages: Can be a different kind of catastrophe – Dennis Sternberg, ARWA

3:30PM
CGA Update with latest D.I.R.T. Report findings – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA

 

 

9:00AM
How a typical day can turn deadly – Maurice Casadaban, Entergy

9:00AM
Arkansas 811 Member Benefits – Krisitn Bryant & Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811

10:00AM
Dealing with disasters – Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy

10:00AM
Communication: the key to successful projects – Panel Discussion – Moderator, Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811

11:00AM
What matters at the end of the day – Vic Weston, Tri-State Boring 

Arkansas 811 Member Benefits – Kristin Bryant & Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811
Attend this session to learn the importance of accurate information when calling in a ticket, keeping your database updated, and providing the best contact numbers for someone on site.  Also learn about the various ways to call in a ticket and the optional ways members can receive tickets. The Member Portal may be just the tool for you.

CGA Update and latest DIRT report findings – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA
Learn how key CGA damage prevention initiatives assist stakeholders in keeping America safe and connected. Khrysanne will also give an overview of the latest D.I.R.T. report.

Communication: the key to successful projects – Panel Discussion – Moderator: Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811
Whether the project is large or small, they can be a nightmare without clear communication with all stakeholders involved. These presenters have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly. Attend this session to learn what worked best and what pitfalls to avoid.

Dealing with disasters – Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy
Hurricanes, floods, ice storms and tornadoes have impacted our areas in recent years. The aftermath of these events requires an immediate and long-term restoration process to prevent further damage.

Enforcing the dig law impacts every excavator in the state – John Ray, Arkansas Public Service Commission
Some folks think that enforcement is a gas only issue. Actually, it is an excavation issue. If you dig in Arkansas, you need to attend this session to learn how it applies to you.

How a typical day can turn deadly – Maurice Casadaban, Entergy
Discussion on two recent actual events that involve excavation and locating; And workers did not make it home that day. Learn what not to do to avoid getting hurt.

How we turn unlocatable plant into locatable plant – Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy
A discussion and demonstration of useful tools and equipment needed to locate facilities when a direct connection point is no longer available.

 

Locating 101 – Nik Taylor, Subsite
Locating is more art than science? There’s definitely an art to it, but science is what the pendulum of art is attached to. Attend this session to learn the basics and beyond of locating undergrounding facilities.

Making Arkansas a safer place to live and work – Darrell Boggs, Arkansas 811
Arkansas 811 has come a long way from the days of paper maps. Attend this session to learn where we came from, where we are and where we are going and how that impacts you as a utility member or user of the 811 system.

Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra
Arkansas 811 and KorTerra have teamed up to provide ticket management software at no cost to its members. Attend this session to discover how your company can benefit from this offer and learn how to use the software.

PHMSA – Damage Prevention Update – Jocelyn ‘Jody’ Kerl, PHMSA
Discussion will focus on PHMSA’s wide array of initiatives relating to damage prevention, including overviews of outreach efforts, enforcement implementation, and data/information available on PHMSA’s web sites. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Lee Thurman, AT&T Risk Mgmt.
Attend this session to learn what to do when AT&T lines haven’t been located yet and you are ready to dig. Why did I get this invoice? Who can I call to get this service line buried? I’ve got a problem with AT&T out in the field and can’t get hold of anybody who will call me back, now what?

Water System Damages: Can be a different kind of catastrophe – Dennis Sternberg, ARWA

What matters at the end of the day – Vic Weston, Tri-State Boring
At the end of the day and long after you’ve forgotten how much work you’ve accomplished, you will always remember that every person on the crew made it home safely to their families. Attend this session and be reminded of what is really important on and off the job.

 

 

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