Attendees must register for this specific Workshop to attend.


8:30 AM

Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

 

 

Sessions will be updated as titles/speakers confirmed.

7:45 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:00 AM
Excavation Enforcement Rule Update – Steven Giambrone, Dept. of Natural Resources

9:00 AM
How social media can impact consumer and stakeholder perceptions towards construction projects and utility operations – Bridget Wallace, Atmos Energy

9:00 AM
Dealing with Disasters – Joe Berry, CenterPoint Energy

10:00 AM
What’s New with Louisiana 811? – Thelma Coleman & Jim Holzer, One Call Concepts

10:00 AM
Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Craig Jensen, AT&T Claims Rep

10:00 AM 
Outdoor demo – Hydro Excavation and Safety Demo, Badger Daylighting

11:00 AM
Utilizing HDD for maximum profit and minimum damages – Speaker TBA

11:00 AM
Boil Order: It doesn’t have to be a hurricane to be a disaster – LRWA Personnel

11:00 AM
Outdoor demo – TBA

12:00 PM
Lunch buffet with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Loren Scott

1:30 PM
Networking with Exhibitors
Arc & Spark Demo – Entergy
Kinder Morgan Demo

2:30 PM
Damage Prevention Roundtable – Facilitator: Brent Saltzman, Louisiana 811

3:30 PM
Why we chose enforcement for all utilities – Sam Johnson, Mississippi 811

 

8:00 AM
TBA

9:00 AM
An approach to implement GIS and data collection into your workflow – Thell Gillis, NEI

9:00 AM
ALEC Presentation – ALEC Representative TBA

10:00 AM
Member Benefits / Public Awareness – Louisiana 811 staff

10:00 AM
Locating 101 – Subsite Rep

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

 

 

 


Session descriptions/speakers will be updates as they are confirmed.

 

An approach to implement GIS and data collection into your daily workflow – Thell Gillis, NEI               
Attend this session to learn how to increase your GPS accuracy and the importance of it.

Boil Order: it doesn’t have to be a hurricane to be a disaster – LRWA Personnel                   
Attend this session to learn about the potentially disastrous impact of cutting a water main in any community.

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.

Dealing with disasters – Joe Berry, CenterPoint Energy

Demo – Arc & Spark – Entergy Services   

Demo – Hydro Excavation and Safety Demo – Badger Daylighting                                 

Demo – Kinder Morgan – Gas Demo                                  

Demo – Outdoor – TBD                                   

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

How social media can impact consumer and stakeholder perceptions towards construction projects and utility operations – Bridget Wallace, Atmos Energy 
Learn how proactive customer communications can garner goodwill from your customers and municipalities, in addition to building positive brand awareness.  

Locating 101 – Subsite Representative                   
Attend this session to brush up on the theory of locating or if you are new to locating, it is a great session to learn the ins and outs of getting it marked right.

Member benefits/Public Awareness – LA 811 Personnel 
Attend this session to learn about old benefits you didn’t know about, to learn about new and exciting programs and services made available to you by Louisiana 811 and to be reminded of the Public Awareness efforts made on your behalf by the Louisiana 811 team.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask –  Craig Jensen, 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?

Utilizing HDD for maximum profit and minimum damages – Speaker TBA
Directional drilling is here to stay for the unforeseen future. Attend this session to learn from a contractor whose company has seen the good, the bad and the ugly with HDD and is willing to share the lessons learned.

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’s New at Louisiana 811 – Thelma Coleman & Jim Holzer, One Call Concepts
Frequently asked questions of the call center will be discussed as well as damage prevention efforts across the state. Session participants will learn what educational programs are planned for 2018.

Why we chose enforcement for all utilities – Sam Johnson, Mississippi 811
Attend this session to learn why Mississippi worked to pass legislation that focused on violations of the dig law instead of damages, which translated to the protection of all underground utilities without regard to utility type.