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8:30 AM

Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

 

 

 

Sessions will be updated as titles/speakers are confirmed.

7:45 AM
Welcome to the Summit                              

8:00 AM
Excavation enforcement rule from the local and national perspective – Steven Giambrone, Dept. of Natural Resources      

9:00 AM
Your business will never be the same… New technologies for 2019 – James Spellos, Meeting U.

9:00 AM
Crossbore Awareness and Prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group                                              

10:00 AM
How to get the Best Results from NextGen – Nakeytha Williams & Jim Holzer, One Call Concepts

10:00 AM
Facing off with Facebook and daily utility operations –  J. Suzanne Horsley, Ph.D., The University of Alabama      

10:00 AM
Outdoor Demo – Badger Daylighting    

11:00 AM
How we turned unlocatable plant into locatable plant – Vinny Vickers, CenterPoint Energy

11:00 AM
Damages are choices with negative impact to your bottom line, culture and reputation – Sean Maxey, Beck Group

11:00 AM
Outdoor Demo – Ditch Witch – Locator Demonstration                                                        

12:00 PM
Lunch buffet                     

1:00 PM
Networking with Exhibitors   

1:15PM
Exhibit Hall Demo – Natural Gas, Kinder Morgan

1:45 PM
Exhibit Hall – Arc & Spark Demo, Entergy Services                                  

2:30 PM
It’s App-tastic: 50 Apps in 50 Minutes – James Spellos, Meeting U.                                               

3:30 PM
Damage Prevention Roundtable – Brent Saltzman, Facilitator, Louisiana 811

 

 

 

Sessions will be updated as titles/speakers are confirmed.

8:00 AM
Behavioral Change is not for sissies – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

9:00 AM
Locating 101 – Nik Taylor, Subsite

9:00 AM
Crossbore Round Table              

10:00 AM
What obstacles locators face daily – Panel Discussion              

10:00 AM
How a typical day at work can turn deadly – Maurice Casadaban, Entergy Electric

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

 

 

Behavioral Change is not for sissies – Roger Cox, ACTS Now           
If the idea of enforcement is to change behaviors, why don’t we spend as much time teaching the process of behavioral change as we do teaching the law? Attend this session to identify the steps for change and to determine how we measure the progress?

Crossbore Awareness and Prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group
This session will discuss the hazards associated with cross bores, the process for presenting them as well as the challenges in finding and eliminating them.

Crossbore Round Table  – Panel Discussion, TBD                 

Damage Prevention Roundtable – Brent Saltzman, Facilitator, Louisiana 811
Attend this highly rated session for an open forum discussion about what works and what doesn’t work for you on your jobsite.  It is a session designed to get feedback from you on how to make it better.

Damages are choices with negative impact to your bottom line, culture and reputation – Speaker TBD, Beck Group
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.

Demo – Arc & Spark, Entergy Services
See the arcs and sparks of why you should always be safe around electric lines.

Demo – Gas, Kinder Morgan
See a demonstration of the dangers of a gas line.

Demo – Outdoor – Hydro Excavation & Safety, Badger Daylighting
Watch a hands-on demo of hydro excavation.

Demo – Outdoor – Ditch Witch
Includes basic hook up and operation of a utility locator.

Excavation enforcement rule from the local and national perspective – Steven Giambrone, Dept. of Natural Resources
Update on the excavation enforcement rule and how it affects all stakeholders in the damage prevention industry.

Facing off with Facebook and daily utility operations – J. Suzanne Horsley, Ph.D.,  The University of Alabama
How do you handle the instant news environment when your company or operations hit the social media circles. Learn ways to address this and how to ensure current information is being properly distributed.

How a typical day at work can turn deadly – Maurice Casadaban, Entergy Electric
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.

How to get the Best Results from Next Gen – Thelma Coleman & Jim Holzer, One Call Concepts 
See the amazing results of excavation information provided by the new Next Gen software.

How we turned 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.

It’s App-tastic: 50 Apps in 50 Minutes – James Spellos, Meeting U.
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 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 underground facilities.               

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.

What obstacles locators face daily – Panel Discussion, Daniel Brooks, DEMCO; Jay Procell, USIC
It’s got to be marked accurately, but it doesn’t always tone out.  What do you do when it is not on the map or not correctly placed on the map.  What do you do when the scope of the ticket is not clear?  What are the real-world consequences of falling behind?  Attend this session to learn about the everyday life of a locator.

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