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January 28-30, 2025

DoubleTree by Hilton
Lafayette

Agenda

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Tuesday January 28, 2025

Competent Person Workshop | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: United Rentals
Offsite Location: GasTEC Training Facility, 1400 W. Irene Road, Zachary, LA 70791

OSHA requires that a “Competent Person” be on your construction or maintenance site whenever workers are exposed in an excavation.

Applied to trenching or excavation operations, the Competent Person (CP) must have specific training and be knowledgeable of the requirements of the standard, soils analysis and use of protective systems. In addition, the CP must have authority to take immediate corrective measures to eliminate unsafe conditions. TrenchSafety’s Competent Person Training Program is designed to help you meet OSHA’s training requirements.

Registration includes an instructional workbook, a wallet card and certificate indicating successful completion of the class.

Damage Investigation Workshop | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Speaker: Roger Cox, ACTS Now

OK, you’ve had a damage, now what? Whether you are the utility owner/operator, excavator or the locator of record; the one thing you’ll have in common now is a need for a quality damage investigation. Just determining the facts about the damage is not enough. The objective of this workshop is to teach the participant how to conduct a quality damage investigation. If the investigation doesn’t determine clearly why the damage occurred, it is likely to reoccur. Additionally if the investigation itself is not clear, concise and complete, you are more likely to be responsible for damages and/or fines even if you were not responsible for the damage. Attend this workshop and learn what makes a photograph a good photograph, learn the value of telling the story of the damage with sketches and photos and presenting your findings with credibility. This workshop is for anyone who has ever been involved in a damaged utility line and tried to identify who was “at-fault” instead of gathering the facts.

Utility Locator Training Workshop | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

Who Should Attend? Not only is this skills training workshop a great introductory session and a valuable career-building tool for the novice line locator, the workshop was designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros of the art of underground line locating and marking. Classroom Training and Field Instruction: This two-fold training workshop begins with a live classroom training session with comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions, and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by a Hands-On instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not so conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in efforts to build “equipment friendly” users of line detection equipment. You may bring your own locating device or one will be provided.

Summit Golf Outing | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

TopGolf
10955 N Mall Dr,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Includes Lunch buffet plus 2 Games of TopContender based on team competition.

Disaster Preparedness Roundtable | 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Facilitator: Steven Giambrone, Dept. of Natural Resources – Office of Conservation

This session will include stakeholders from various utility companies, regulatory personnel and the LA One Call team. Discussions will center around the lead up to a natural disaster and the aftermath and how utilities can work together to restore services while minimizing damages and delays.

Louisiana 811 Reception | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Located in the Exhibit area, with networking, food and drinks for all.

Wednesday January 29, 2025

Welcome & Opening Remarks | 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Your Reputation is Your Brand | 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Speaker: Scott Wozniak, Swoz Consulting

This session revolves around the importance of consistency and how best to utilize immediate feedback for continuous improvement.  Understanding the value of branding can create successful relationships for your customers, your coworkers and other stakeholders.

LADNR Damage Prevention Updates | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speaker: Steven Giambrone, Dept. of Natural Resources – Office of Conservation

This session will cover the progression of the enforcement program reviewing statistics over the years from 2017 to present along with a discussion of any issues there may be in the field.

The Damage Prevention Institute's Role in the CGA goal of 50 in 5 | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speaker: Sam Hall, Damage Prevention Institute 

Attend this session to learn more about the DPI and its goal of taking the industry to the next level by utilizing data and statistics to generate powerful insights and efficiencies that will reduce the rate of damages to buried infrastructure and how you can be involved.
ConnectLA | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speaker: Veneeth Iyengar, Executive Director of ConnectLA

A presentation on the efforts of Louisiana to bring broadband service to rural Louisiana including the scope of the program and the challenges faced.

Lunch - Awards Ceremony | 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Locator of the Year Awards, Damage Prevention Champion Award, Trailblazer Award
Trailer Vac Demo | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Vermeer
Meet at Registration

Networking with Exhibitors | 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Best LA 811 Mobile APP/Tablet and Locator Ticket Management (LTM) Usage Tips and More! | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Speaker: Nakeytha Williams, ITIC Coordinator, One Call Concepts
                 Shana Fleming,  Database Administrator, One Call

 

Attend this session to learn from the best how to use this amazing piece of software created especially to make your work life easier in Louisiana. There are likely benefits that you haven’t yet discovered. Bring your questions and curiosity with you.
What to Expect From The DNR | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Speaker: Greg Galle and Schirmer Durio, Department of Natural Resources 

Attend this session to learn what to expect when experiencing a field audit or an investigation in regard to a violation or damage when they arrive on the scene.  Attend this session for an open Q&A with Greg and Schirmer.
Utility Replacement on DOTD ROW | 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Speaker: Reno Johnson & Stanley Ard, LDOTD

Understanding the process for utility replacement on DOTD ROW and learning about future coordination with DOTD on design engineering/Topo survey tickets.
Benefits of Locator Certification | 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Speaker: Mike Parilac

At any given time in the U.S., 25,000 people earn their living finding the location of underground utility lines. However, hiring trends indicate a growing number of people do not want to be a locator. People want their skills to be acknowledged and the absence of a recognized, standardized, and unbiased certification program for locating is a regrettable reason people choose not to pursue, or continue, a career in locating. Locator certification is a roadmap for establishing respect and recognition for the locating profession within the underground utility industry. Locator certification changes how locators are viewed and most importantly, how locators view themselves. Locator certification drives perceptions, careers, and results.
Summit Reception / Door Prizes | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us in the Exhibit area for networking, food, drinks and door prizes you don’t want to miss!

Thursday January 30, 2025

Clarification of Amendments to Dig Law | 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Speaker: Brent Saltzman, Louisiana 811

Recent amendments to Louisiana’s Dig Law have had an impact on safe digging in Louisiana. And of course, there are always conversations outlining what needs to be addressed next. These discussions are generated by feedback from stakeholders like you.  Many times the feedback centers around questions you have. Attend this session to have your questions answered.

Effective Communication | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speaker: Molly Smith, Kinder Morgan

We often hear “We need to get everybody on the same page.”  What’s the best way to do that?  Attend this session and join with the panel to address the issue that confronts every stakeholder in the field… the communication gap.
Understanding the OSHA Competent Person and the Regulatory Requirements | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speaker: Rightor Cobb, Alliance Safety Council

There are over 125 requirements for a competent person in the OSHA regulations. This presentation will review the definition of a competent person and how OSHA determines that a competent person is meeting the definition. Also discussed will be best practices for employers in creating a competent person training program and a review of a competent person checklist.

No More Excuses: How the Digital Revolution Is Solving the Abandoned Line Challenge | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speaker: Chris Stovall, Line-Scape

This session will cover a case study in how the digital revolution helped one of the largest pipeline companies in the U.S. solve their challenges with abandoned lines and a look forward to the digital future of our industry.

What Matters at the End of the Day | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speaker: 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.
Locate Rodeo | 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
L’Auberge property
To register to compete see Locate Rodeo page for signups. $25 per person entry fee.

L’Auberge Hotel
777 L’Auberge Ave, Baton Rouge

Mandatory Rules meeting: 1:00pm

Competition starts: 1:30pm