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8:30 AM
Competent Person Training – Ruben Mendez, National Trench Safety

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

8:30 AM
Pipeline Damage Prevention Training – Ketha Molina, Texas811
(Space is limited to 25)

1:00 PM
Damage Investigation-
Roger Cox, ACTS Now, inc.

 

 

7:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks – John Sparks, Texas811

8:00 AM
Damage Prevention: It’s a Shared Responsibility – Chris Stovall, Texas811

9:00 AM
Damage Prevention – Survival of the Fittest – Texas811 Staff

9:00 AM
One Call Ticket Processing and Management – from Cradle to Grave – Panel Discussion – Part 1 –
Chris Stovall, Texas811

9:00 AM
Why www.safeexcavator.com? – Lindsay Sander, Sander Resources

10:00 AM
Social Media Campaigns Impact on Your Company –Christina  DeVincenzo, Atmos Energy and Christy Penders, Texas Gas Service

10:00 AM
One Call Ticket Processing and Management – from Cradle to Grave – Continued – Part 2 – Chris Stovall, Texas811

10:00 AM
Texas811 Damage Prevention Initiatives for 2019 – John Sparks/Doug Meeks, Texas811

10:00 AM
Outdoor Demo – Vacuum Excavating – Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

11:00 AM
It’s app-tastic 50 apps in 50 minutes – James Spellos, Meeting U.

2:30 PM
City of San Marcos Toolkit for Asset Management and Damage Prevention of Utilities James Lopez, City of San Marcos

2:30 PM
Cross Bores – Awareness and prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group

2:30 PM
Your business will never be the same… New technologies for 2019 – James Spellos, Meeting U.

3:30 PM
Damages are choices with negative impact to your bottom line, culture and reputation – Sean Maxey, Beck Group

3:30 PM
Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge – Nik Taylor, Subsite Electronics

3:30 PM
Damage Prevention Council of Texas Stakeholder Roundtable – Texas811 Staff

4:30 PM
Outdoor demo – Gas Demonstration – CoServ

 

 

 

 

8:00 AM  
Outdoor demo – Arc & Spark Demo, CenterPoint Energy

8:30 AM
Outdoor demo – Rust-Oleum

9:00 AM
CGA Update with latest DIRT Report findings – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA 

10:00 AM
Damage Prevention and DigCheck for Excavators – Jeramy Comyford & Joey Scarbrough, USIC

10:00 AM
Severe Weather Impact on Damage Prevention – Molly Smith, CenterPoint Energy

10:00 AM
How a typical day at work can turn deadly – Timmy O’Brien, Entergy Electric

11:00 AM
Human Trafficking Awareness – Derrell Isenberg and Kerri Taylor, Unbound Now

 

 

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.

City of San Marcos Toolkit for Asset Management and Damage Prevention of Utilities
In an effort to improve locates and prevent utility damage we have over the course of ten years invested in technology. Accuracy of utility assets require a sound process workflow and commitment. While we all struggle with this we are always exploring ways to enhance our accuracy. With our focus on technology to enhance our locates we have purchased tablets, GPS units, created web pages, configured ESRI apps, deployed Collector, and hyperlink CCTV for all our wastewater mains.

Cross Bores – 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.

Damage Prevention – Survival of the Fittest
Technology does a lot for us. Contact centers provide specific information. But the truth is nothing will ever take the place of people working together and where the rubber meets the road, it is just us. Attend this session to help all of us get better.

Damage Prevention and DigCheck for Excavators
DigCheck is intended to give excavators the ability to access their One Call ticket information from the field by providing both high-level and detailed information for each ticket
.

Damage Prevention Council of Texas Stakeholder Roundtable
This session is for anyone who wants to learn about new opportunities and/or ideas designed to extending your damage prevention outreach where you live and work.

Damage Prevention: It’s a Shared Responsibility
Texas811 is focused on the future of Damage Prevention. Chris Stovall will be discussing the map ahead that leads to zero damages.

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.

How a typical day at work can turn deadly
Discussion on two recent actual events that resulted in workers not making it home that day. The events involved excavation and locating. Learn what to do, and what not to do, in order to avoid getting hurt or worse.

Human Trafficking Awareness
This session is designed to show just how rampant human trafficking has become in the United States. It will highlight the negative impact on our lives as well as touch on some signs to look out for while performing your daily duties.

It’s app-tastic 50 apps in 50 minutes
You thought you have all the apps you need? Perhaps, but as more and more mobile apps are developed, business professionals are finding new ways of saving time and increasing their productivity. Whether you’re looking for tools to help manage your social channels, connect and communicate with your team, supercharge your office, or looking for that needle in a haystack that will save you endless time, this session is sure to provide you that information. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices and share their favorite apps with their peers.

Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge
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.

 
One Call Ticket Processing and Management – from Cradle to Grave – Panel Discussion
A panel discussion on best practices and process improvement ideas with representatives from One Call centers from gas, electric, communications, water/sewer, and the 811 center. Potential topics to be considered are; Criteria used for sending tickets directly to the field; criteria used to identify a critical ticket; staffing; info provided back to the excavator; criteria used to conflict a ticket; positive response; documentation required; checklists; ideas for efficiencies and ideas for improved safety.

Severe Weather Impact on Damage Prevention
Hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes have all impacted the CenterPoint Energy operating area.  The aftermath of these events requires emergency excavation as part of the restoration process.  Homeowners may also become more active as they dig new fence posts for fallen fences and other emergency excavation projects.  This presentation focuses on how to prevent further damage to underground utility infrastructure after severe weather strikes including the effective use of media to prevent damages.

Social Media Campaigns Impact on Your Company
This session is two mini sessions. First, this session will inform attendees about how to utilize social media platforms to their company’s advantage. Attendees will have a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively contribute to a positive social media presence, appropriately respond to customer service inquiries and proactively promote company messages and marketing objectives. Secondly, Texas Gas Service will talk about their use of social media during incidents.

Texas811 Damage Prevention Initiatives for 2019
Attend this session to review 2018 statistics and to learn about the damage prevention goals and initiatives for the Texas811 Damage Prevention team and how they expect to implement them in 2019.

Why www.safeexcavator.com?
www.safeexcavator.com – This session will focus on what this group is doing currently to raise awareness and how people can participate.

Your business will never be the same… New technologies for 2019
An overview of augmented and virtual realities and other game changing tools to take your industry to the next level.

 

 

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