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February 6-8, 2024

Embassy Suites,
Little Rock


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Tuesday February 6, 2024

Utility Locator Workshop | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

Who Should Attend? Not only is this skills training workshop a great introductory session and a valuable career-building tool for the novice line locator, the workshop was designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros of the art of underground line locating and marking.

Classroom Training and Field Instruction: This two-fold training workshop begins with a live classroom training session with comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions, and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by a Hands-On instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not so conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in efforts to build “equipment friendly” users of line detection equipment. You may bring your own locating device or one will be provided.

Utility Mapping with GIS Training Workshop | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Dan Bigman, Bigman Geophysical LLc

Using mobile GIS applications to build a geospatial database of assets in real time has powerful implications for reducing damages, improving the efficiency of utility locates, and streamlining decision-making. This workshop will cover the basics of mapping utilities with GPS and GIS through a practical application at the facility. First, the students will create a new project, create relevant feature classes such as gas, power, meters, manholes, etc. and assign appropriate feature types to each such as points, lines, and polygons. Next, the class will journey outside the classroom to collect actual data using a mobile GIS app. The students will build the database of assets at the facility while walking the grounds. They will also learn to document assets and locate marks. Finally, the class will reconvene inside the classroom to learn how to generate map outputs that can be used as deliverables for clients/managers, or which can be provided to locators prior to arriving on-site.

Summit Golf Outing | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Topgolf Little Rock
5 Topgolf Way
Little Rock, AR 72210

$95 Registration
includes lunch and 3 hours of Unlimited Gameplay

Summit Reception | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Located in the Exhibit area, with networking, food and drinks for all.

Wednesday February 7, 2024

Your Reputation is Your Brand | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Speaker: Scott Wozniak, Swoz Consulting

This session revolves around the importance of consistency and how best to utilize immediate feedback for continuous improvement.  Understanding the value of branding can create successful relationships for your customers, your coworkers and other stakeholders.

Arkansas' Enforcement Program Update | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speaker: Chuck Harder, Deputy Attorney General

Attend this session to learn how the enforcement process is working and what we can do to improve its effectiveness.

50 in 5 Initiative | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speaker: 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.

TBD Session | 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Benefits of Locator Certification | 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Speaker: Mike Parilac, Planet Underground

At any given time in the U.S., 25,000 people earn their living finding the location of underground utility lines. However, hiring trends indicate a growing number of people do not want to be a locator. People want their skills to be acknowledged and the absence of a recognized, standardized, and unbiased certification program for locating is a regrettable reason people choose not to pursue, or continue, a career in locating. Locator certification is a roadmap for establishing respect and recognition for the locating profession within the underground utility industry. Locator certification changes how locators are viewed and most importantly, how locators view themselves. Locator certification drives perceptions, careers, and results.

Lunch Buffet | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking with Exhibitors | 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Arkansas 811 Update | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Speaker: Mike Gowen, Arkansas 811

Attend this session to receive the latest update to Arkansas 811’s outreach programs.
High Tech Damage Prevention | 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Speaker: Kevin Cormier & Ryan Poe, NEI

Attend this session to learn about the benefits of advanced technologies for damage prevention and what technologies are available.
Summit Reception / Door Prizes | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us in the Exhibit area for networking, food, drinks and door prizes you don’t want to miss!

Thursday February 8, 2024

OSHA's Role in Working Safely in Arkansas | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speaker: Clark Thomas, Department of Labor & Licensing


Attend this session to understand the value of working safely and the cost of NOT working safely.
Building A Culture to Prioritize Damage Prevention | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speaker: Tim Teel, Summit Utilities

An organization’s culture is often a reflection its top priorities.  From a commitment to safety at the executive level, to the field staff taking ownership of the day-to-day responsibilities, Summit Utilities is making Damage Prevention a top priority through a pro-active mindset to mitigate risks.
PHMSA General Update | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker: Jay Prothro, PHMSA

PHMSA is involved in many aspects related to Pipeline Safety.  Hear a general update on topics like the Office of Pipeline Safety priorities, Social and Environmental Justice and Equity Initiatives, Safety, Damage Prevention Efforts and the Regulatory Agenda.