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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 – Casey Crawford, Grady Crawford Construction

11:00 AM
Boil Order: It doesn’t have to be a hurricane to be a disaster – Timmy Lemoine & Tobb Abshire, LRWA

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

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

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
What we’ve learned from the latest D.I.R.T. Report – Brian Tooley, Lone Star 811

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

9:00 AM
Hazards of digging near underground electric lines – Mike Polk, CLECO 

10:00 AM
Member Benefits / Public Awareness – Charlene Ellison & Shana Fleming, Louisiana 811

10:00 AM
The three things you need to know to create a successful program or anything important to you – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

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 – Timmy Lemoine & Todd Abshire, LRWA  
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.

Demo – Arc & Spark – Entergy Services

Demo – Hydro Excavation and Safety Demo – Badger Daylighting 

Demo – Kinder Morgan – Gas Demo

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

Hazards of digging near underground electric lines – Mike Polk, Cleco
Some underground electric lines are in conduit, some are not. All of it is potentially dangerous. Attend this session to learn how to dig safely around underground electric lines and what to do when a damage occurs.

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.

Member benefits/Public Awareness –  Charlene Ellison & Shana Fleming, Louisiana 811 
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?

Severe weather impact on damage prevention – Joe Berry, CenterPoint Energy
Hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes have all recently 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.

The three things you need to know to create a successful program or anything important to you – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.
Attend this session to learn the most basic and often overlooked steps in creating a successful program.  Regardless of the utility type or your level in the company; these three steps have proven to be the magic for change for successful people and programs.

Utilizing HDD for maximum profit and minimum damages – Casey Crawford, Grady Crawford Construction
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 we’ve learned from the latest D.I.R.T. Report – Brian Tooley, Lone Star 811
The latest D.I.R.T. report is in and while the trends are promising, there are still opportunities for improvement.  Attend this session to learn some of the key take-aways from the latest report and analysis.  Learn what you can do to positively impact the next report.

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.

 

 

 

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