Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy
CGA Update with the latest DIRT report findings, Khrysanne Kerr, CGA
Arkansas 811 update and membership meeting, Kristin Bryant, Arkansas 811
Theory of locating and beyond, Nik Taylor, Subsite
What needs changed in the dig law to improve damage prevention for everybody?, Facilitator, Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811
Worker Safety means digging safe, Cliff Meidl, Safety Spokesperson, Motivational Speaker and 2-time Olympian
Crossbores – Awareness and Prevention, Mac Foote, Mears Group
How We Turn Unlocatable Plant into Locatable Plant, Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy
Changing the Utility Damage Prevention Culture, Kyle Coggins, Black Hills
Screening tickets – Here to stay, Panel Discussion, Facilitator – Roger Cox, ACTS Now
Outdoor Demo – Ditch Witch
Outdoor Demo – Vermeer MidSouth
Locating issues from the locator/contractor perspective, Facilitator Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811
Damages are choices with negative impact to your bottomline, culture and reputation, Sean Maxey, Beck Group
High Accuracy GPS and Preventing Utility Damage, Scott Alsbrook, NEI
PSC Enforcement update, Bobby Henry, PSC
Session Descriptions will be updated as speakers/titles are confirmed
Arkansas 811 update and membership meeting
Attend this session to hear a review of what’s going on at Arkansas 811 and the upcoming goals for the organization. This session will also double as the membership meeting for the year.
CGA Update with latest DIRT Report findings
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.
Changing the Utility Damage Prevention Culture
Kyle will be discussing the challenges with damage prevention in todays fast paced enviorment and what efforts will be needed to focus efforts on our construction culture for in the future. I will be talking about partnership with excavators, Large project management, and Non-locatable plant programs.
Crossbores – Awareness and Prevention
This session will discuss the hazards associated with cross bores, the process for preventing them as well as the challenges in finding and eliminating them.
Damages are choices with negative impact to your bottomline, culture and reputation
Are damages just part of the excavation process or are they more related to the culture of the industry? Listen to this excavator’s story of significant reduction in damages and goal of eliminating them completely within his control.
High Accuracy GPS and Preventing Utility Damage
If we know where our assets are we can do a better job protecting them. Utility Companies are deploying high accuracy mapping techniques to record and share asset locations in an effort to prevent damage and minimize down time. We will show what this technology looks like and what steps are needed to ensure success in your mapping efforts.
How We Turn Unlocatable Plant into Locatable Plant
A discussion and demonstration of useful tools and equipment needed to locate facilities when a direct connection point is no longer available. This session will include updates from last year’s session.
Locating issues from the locator/contractor perspective
It’s not just work loads and staffing issues are common place, there’s a lot more to the difficulties of locating in Arkansas than that. Attend this session to learn how we can work together to improve both quality and timeliness of locating.
PSC Enforcement update
Attend this session to learn about the latest Public Service Commission enforcement updates and what to expect next.
Screening tickets – Here to stay
There are advantages and disadvantages to every decision made. Screening tickets is no different. This session will focus on the how, why and impact (if any) to all stakeholders.
Theory of locating and beyond
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 underground facilities.
What needs changed in the dig law to improve damage prevention for everybody?
One call laws are being scrutinized across the country as stakeholders are getting together to build a fairer and more effective process. This session is designed to get input from the audience to learn from your perspective, what changes would make the Arkansas law better.
Worker Safety means digging safe
As a competitor in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, Meidl received one of the highest honors for an Olympian. He was selected by his teammates to carry the USA flag into the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Games. Nearly two billion viewers around the world were watching this young man from Manhattan Beach, California. Many of these viewers learned of Meidl’s courageous rehabilitation and recovery from a tragic construction accident that occurred when he was just 20 years of age. Attend this session to learn why you must call before you dig and respect the marks.