Attendees must register for these specific Workshops/Golf to attend.

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

8:30 AM
Utility Locator Training – Paz Hernandez, Utility Training Academy

9:00 AM
Summit Golf Tournament – Bandit Golf Course

 

7:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

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

9:00 AM
Directional Drilling Presentation
Ombudsmen: Who are they and how do they serve Texas811 Members? – Sandoval Garcia, Texas811
Why you should care about what PHMSA thinks about your state’s dig law – Jay Prothro, PHMSA

10:00 AM
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Utility Operations – Panel Discussion
Managing your workload every day –  John Christiansen, KorTerra
Locating 101 – Nik Taylor, Hammer Head Trenchless
Outdoor Demo – Vacuum Excavating – Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

11:00 AM
Effective Use of Media during Emergency Conditions – Panel Discussion
Electric Presentation
School Pipeline Safety – Tony Quinones, The Smalley Foundation

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Buffet

1:00 PM
Texas811 Annual Membership Meeting

1:30 PM
Networking with Exhibitors – Indoor/Outdoor Demos

2:00 PM
Texas811 Board of Directors Meeting

2:30 PM
Documenting for Damage Prevention – Julie Campbell & Shari Warren, Atmos Energy
What keeps a locator from being on time? – Jeramy Comyford, USIC
Texas811 Damage Prevention Initiatives for 2018 – John Sparks & Doug Meeks, Texas811

3:30 PM
Most Cited OSHA Regulations – Joann Natajaran, OSHA
3 reasons underground fiber is damaged – Panel Discussion w/Telcom personnel
DPCs of Texas – Panel Discussion


7:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

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

10:00 AM
System Protection from a water utlity perspective – Ron Diaz, City of San Marcos GIS Dept.
Investigative Photography – Texas Gas Service
Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Michael Perez, AT&T Claims

11:00 AM
Active Shooter Training – IBTX

 

Active Shooter Training – IBTX


CGA Update – 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.

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

 

Documenting for Damage Prevention – Julie Campbell & Shari Warren, Atmos Energy
Collect materials necessary for more accurate identification of root cause in order to: Adjust processes and behaviors to prevent future damages, and effectively demonstrate  information provided in your Texas Damage Reporting Form.

DPCs of Texas – Panel Discussion
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.


Effective use of media during emergency situations – Panel Discussion, Moderators – Doug Meeks & Tina Sanders, Texas811
Attend this session and learn from these experts about the effective use of media during those times when it is critical to get the right information to the people who need to know what’s happening.


Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Utility Operations – Panel Discussion, Moderator: Doug Meeks, Texas811
Hurricane Harvey was a catastrophic flood disaster in Southeast Texas and made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130MPH near Rockport, Texas. Attend this session to learn how their utilities were impacted and the steps they took to protect the integrity of their systems and provide safety for their communities.


Locating 101 – Nik Taylor, Hammer Head Trenchless
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.


Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra

TX811 and KorTerra have teamed up to provide ticket management software at no cost to its members. Attend this session to learn how to take advantage of this offer and how to use the software.

Most Frequently Cited OSHA Regulations – Joann Natajaran, OSHA
This presentation will cover OSHA most recent regulations including the new confined space in construction rule, silica, and OSHA’s list of hot button topics that trigger an OSHA inspection. The most frequently cited top ten hazards for construction will also be covered in this talk.

Ombudsmen: Who are they and how do they serve Texas811 Members? – Sandoval Garcia, Texas811
As an international leader in the one call service industry, Texas811 is honored to serve each member in their damage prevention needs. The manner in which we are able to provide the highest level of service to our members is through direct connection. Our Ombudsmen serve as that direct link between Texas811 members and the service they count on.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Michael Perez, AT&T Claims
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 that will call me back, now what?


School Pipeline Safety – Tony Quinones, The Smalley Foundation
One in every 20 schools sits less than a half-mile from pipelines or above-ground pipeline facilities. Yet school administrators often overlook these dangers when assessing risks or creating emergency plans for other hazards. The School Pipeline Safety Partnership is a joint effort between The Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation and the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness (PAPA) and is the longest running school outreach program. This program delivers safety information and guidance to school administrators, school safety officials, transportation directors and bus drivers, and other school staff at campuses located near underground pipelines.

System Protection from a Water Utility Perspective – Ron Diaz, City of San Marcos, GIS Dept.
Attend this session to learn how the City of San Marcos is eliminating their unlocatable underground utilities through a program that is achievable anywhere.

Texas811 Damage Prevention Initiatives for 2018 – John Sparks & Doug Meeks, Texas811
Attend this session to learn about the damage prevention goals and initiatives for the Texas811 Damage Prevention team and how they expect to implement them in 2018.

What keeps a locator from being on time? – Jeramy Comyford, USIC
There is much concern about the timeliness of locates especially with the workloads we are all faced with. Attend this session and learn some of the reasons why they don’t always show up on time. Some of it may surprise you and perhaps there are some things we all can do to help the locator get to the jobsite on time next time.


Why you should care what PHMSA thinks about your state’s dig law –
 Jay Prothro, PHMSA
Attend this session to learn more about PHMSA’s expectations for individual state’s damage prevention laws. Learn if, when and why PHMSA can conduct an enforcement proceeding against an excavator within your state.