2017 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference Recap

For the ninth year, hundreds of facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, engineers and other professionals who work near underground facilities gathered in Ocean City, Maryland for the 2017 Greater Chesapeake Damage
Prevention Training Conference. The sold-out event, hosted by title  sponsors Miss Utility of Maryland and Washington, D.C., and Miss Utility of  Delmarva, took place October 24-27 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.

Attendees enjoyed four days of engaging speakers, an exhibit hall of relevant vendors and multiple opportunities to network with fellow industry professionals. The Conference began with the 8th Annual Golf Tournament and 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament, along with a welcome reception where attendees engaged with more than 40 vendors.

To kick off a comprehensive schedule of training sessions, attendees heard a truthful, common sense and highly personal approach to safety from Keynote Speaker David Miguel. In addition, conference breakout sessions featured presentations about law change updates, 10 years of the 811 “Call Before You Dig” phone number, worksite safety and preparedness, the dangers
of distracted driving, and the new Miss Utility mobile app, which will be released in 2018.

Other sessions took a deep dive into case studies straight from the industry,
including a project showcase of DC Water’s DC Clean Rivers Project and an interactive opportunity for attendees to play the role of the Maryland Underground
Facilities Damage Prevention Authority in reviewing real cases.

The conference wrapped up with an address from featured speaker Carla
Reid, general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
(WSSC), and a presentation of the 2016-2017 Dig Smart Award winners, in which contractors from
the region who steadily work towards damage prevention were recognized.

“I would like to thank the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for making the ninth year of the conference a great success with a record crowd,” said Matt Ruddo, chairman of the GCDPTC. “Each year, it’s the support of our dedicated damage prevention stakeholders throughout the region that make this event possible.”

Damage prevention professionals from the region are already looking forward to meeting in Ocean City again for the 2018 GCDPTC on Oct. 23-26, 2018. Mark your calendar and save the date for an exciting 10th Anniversary celebration!

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