2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo

March 26-28, 2019 | Tampa, Florida

Zero Damages. Reaching the Goal Together.

Register by January 10 for Early Bird Pricing

CGAconference.com | 866.279.7755

Benefits of Attending

The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. This conference is the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry, drawing nearly 1,700 participants from around the world. Common Ground Alliance (CGA) holds their annual meeting at this event, and with 60+ conference sessions, comprehensive workshops, numerous networking events, and 100+ exhibitors, it is the place to be if you are committed to the mission of reducing damages.

Whether you have attended every Conference over the last 14 years, or this will be your first time, there are sessions and workshops that will address your educational needs. We offer numerous opportunities to learn new information directly related to your industry, to network with peers who understand your job function and to share ideas with dedicated professionals.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Have something to share? Let us know at info@emailir.com.

• Partake in peer-to-peer exchanges during sessions

• Participate in panel discussions and industry summits

• Expand your areas of expertise by attending a session on a topic new to you

• Join in daily networking activities

• Act as an advocate for your entire work group by bringing what you’ve learned back to the office through presentations or lunch-and-learn sessions

• 100+ exhibitors make this a one-stop-shop to learn about advancing technologies and tools that are redefining the industry

84% of surveyed attendees rate the chances they will recommend this event to industry peers as excellent or very good.

“This is a great opportunity to network with people from all backgrounds and experience types. It’s a time to get a lot of new information and see how others are enhancing their safety cultures.” – Steve Cleaver, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, attendee and speaker

Special Events

Attendee Orientation

Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00am – 8:50am

Scott Landes, CEO; Infrastructure Resources/Rhino Marking & Protection Systems

This session is highly recommended for ALL Conference attendees as it is designed for the Conference newcomer and veteran alike. Every year we implement change based on attendee and exhibitor feedback. This is the best place to learn what’s new or improved in 2019! Take advantage of this session formulated to help you understand the conference themes, structure, organization and opportunities. It will help you make the best use of your time at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo.

Vendor Outreach Sessions

Tuesday, March 26 | 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00 am

These vendor-sponsored sessions educate and promote the features and benefits of the product(s) and service(s) of our exhibitors in a classroom setting. Open to all registration types, these sessions will give you a deeper understanding of how our exhibitors can help you reach zero damages!

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 26 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Don’t be late! Official ribbon cutting ceremony starts promptly at 3:00 pm!

Come together and celebrate the kickoff of the 2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo! This is the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and connect with exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall. Don’t forget to stop by the USIC Damage Prevention Theater to pick your favorite videos for the Third Annual 811 Video Challenge. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available.

CGA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 27 | 8:00am – 10:00am

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Annual Meeting provides an excellent learning opportunity about current and future CGA initiatives that are being implemented to ensure public safety, environmental protection and the integrity of all industry services. All attendee types are welcome. You do not have to be a CGA member to attend.

New Product Forum

Wednesday, March 27 | 12:30pm-1:20pm

This event is designed to give damage prevention stakeholders an introduction to the latest equipment and technology. The forum, presented in a rapid-fire format, offers a look at new products and services released by our exhibitors within the past year. Held in the USIC Damage Prevention Theater, the forum is open to all attendees.

CGA’s Wednesday Night Networking Event

Wednesday, March 27 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Don’t miss the prime-time social event of the Conference. Held at the restored and reinvented Armature Works in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood, the venue is just steps away from the beautiful Hillsborough River. Access to this amazing networking event is included with the purchase of a Full Conference delegate badge! Contact karin@emailir.com for more information or to add networking tickets to your existing registration.

Don’t miss out on the Australia Trip giveaway and plenty of other surprises that will be taking place.

Outdoor Demo Fair and Picnic Lunch

Thursday, March 28 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

Enjoy your lunch in the beautiful Florida sun as you stroll along the avenue of exhibitor equipment demonstrations. A great opportunity to gain live, hands-on experience. Participating exhibitors include:

• AirSpade

• Badger Daylighting

• FlagShooter


• Heath Consultants

• Krylon

• MALA GeoScience USA

• MBW, Inc.

• Radiodetection

• Rhino Marking & Protection Systems

• Sensors & Software

• Subsite Electronics

• TelDig


• Vermeer

• Vivax-Metrotech And more!

6th Annual Call Before You Divot Golf Classic

Thursday, March 28 | 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Join your colleagues for an afternoon of networking fun. Space is limited so register early. The Tampa Palms golf course was designed by Arthur Hills and was created to be one of the most prestigious and challenging golf courses in Florida.

Format: Four-man scramble/best ball

Cost: $150 each

Bus transportation to and from the Tampa Convention Center is available. Register yourself or your foursome at CGAconference.com or call 866.279.7755 Does your company want to sponsor a hole? Let us know!

“Great opportunity to meet and interact with other professionals in the damage prevention industry.” – Sher Kirk, Alberta One-Call, 5-time attendee


Monday, March 25

8:00am – 12:00pm OCSI Committee Meeting

1:00pm – 5:00pm CGA Technology Committee Meeting

CGA Stakeholder Advocacy Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 26

8:00am – 8:50am Attendee Orientation

8:00am – 11:00am CGA Data Reporting & Evaluating Committee Meeting

CGA Best Practices Committee Meeting

CGA Education Committee Meeting

8:00am – 12:00pm Damage Investigation & Claims Resolution Workshop

8:00am – 3:30pm Utility Locator Skills Enhancement Workshop

8:00am – 4:00pm GPR for the Locating Technician Course

9:00am – 1:30pm CGA Board of Directors Meeting

9:00am – 9:50am Vendor Outreach Sessions

10:00am – 10:50am Vendor Outreach Sessions

11:00am – 11:50am Vendor Outreach Sessions

12:30pm – 1:40pm Education Sessions

CGA Regional Partners Committee Meeting

1:50pm – 2:40pm Education Sessions

3:00pm – 6:00pm Welcome Reception

Paul Teutul Jr. from Paul Jr. Designs at the 2018 ribbon cutting ceremony

Wednesday, March 27

7:00am – 3:00pm Exhibits

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00am – 10:00am CGA Annual Meeting

10:00am – 11:00am CGA Board of Directors Meeting

10:20am – 11:10am One Call Summit

Education Sessions

11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm – 1:20pm New Locate & Damage Prevention Technology Forum

Education Sessions

1:00pm – 5:00pm GNSS Mapping & Utility Locate Technologies Workshop

1:30pm – 2:40pm Excavator Perspective Summit

Education Sessions

2:00pm – 5:00pm Locating Theory Demystified! Workshop

3:00pm – 3:50pm Education Sessions

4:00pm – 5:10pm Education Sessions

6:00pm – 11:00pm Wednesday Night Networking Event

Thursday, March 28

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00am-11:00am Exhibits

8:30am – 9:20am Florida Summit

Education Sessions

9:40am – 11:00am Underground Safety Summit

Education Sessions

11:10am – 12:00pm Education Sessions

12:00pm – 1:30pm Outdoor Demo Fair & Lunch

1:00pm – 6:00pm Call Before You Divot Golf Classic

1:30pm – 2:20pm Education Sessions

2:30pm – 3:30pm Education Sessions

3:30pm-4:20pm Education Sessions


Bringing young people into the industry and passing the legacy on to future generation is critical to the growth of the industry. The Conference is developing an initiative to bring future leaders in the industry together to learn from each other and from our current industry leaders and experts. With your registration, you can bring a young professional to the conference for the special price of $811. To learn more, contact Karin@emailir.com.


If you attend the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo as a mentee, you will have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion centered on developing an Emerging Damage Prevention Leaders Group. This discussion will revolve around group mission, commitment levels, communication channels, communication frequency, mentorship program, other activities, and more. Join us in making a difference in the industry as we work together towards our goal of ZERO damages! For more information, contact Sundar@emailir.com.

82% of surveyed attendees rate the chances information obtained will help them change at work as excellent or very good.

Career Advancement at No Risk

Infrastructure Resources strives for 100% attendee satisfaction. If you attend the 2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo with a FULL CONFERENCE registration, and are dissatisfied with your experience for any reason, we will make it right. We PROMISE if you check in onsite and participate in a minimum of eight (8) hours of available education, and at the end of the Conference you do not agree that this event met all your expectations, we will REFUND* your original fee to attend.

*Attendee must claim refund within ten (10) days of Conference end date.

Refund issued to original payor. Guarantee does not cover cost of travel or accommodations.

CEUs Available!


BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ICT industry. Earn 10 BICSI CECs by attending sessions at CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo. BICSI recognizes CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo training for the following BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs). CECs are issued by BICSI ONLY to BICSI credential holders. Contact BICSI if you like to become a BICSI member.


Attendance at a GITA session at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo can contribute to GISCI Course Points, a mandatory requirement for certification or renewal of your GISP.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS (PDHs) – You may earn PDHs, which are nationally recognized units of record, by attending a UESI-endorsed session at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo. Individuals should check regularly with their state licensing board for specific continuing education requirements in their jurisdiction that affects professional engineering licensure and the ability to renew licensure. PDHs are managed through ASCE-UESI.

“I would encourage those that are new to the industry or young in their careers to get involved in organizations and to start participating in significant ways. It will pay back in benefits through a clear career that is longer.” -Mark Bruce, Cross Bore Safety Association, 1st-time attendee, 4-time exhibitor, 2-time speaker

Education Overview

With a diverse selection of educational opportunities developed and presented by industry experts, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which sessions best fit your educational needs. With over 3 full days of educational opportunities, beginning Tuesday at 8:00am and running through Thursday at 4:20pm – you’ll want to get the most out of your experience and stay for it all! As a full Conference attendee, you are always welcome to attend any session you wish.


Thursday’s schedule offers a full selection of educational opportunities. From an exciting selection of sessions held on the expo floor Thursday morning, to the Outdoor Demo Fair and Picnic lunch, to a full afternoon of interesting and engaging educational opportunities, staying through Thursday afternoon increases the return on your investment in attending!

Industry Tracks

Our Conference Sessions recommendations are based on industry, but we recognize the value of cross-discipline training and offer something for everyone.

2018 Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit

85% of surveyed attendees rate the educational sessions as excellent or very good.

Education in Multiple Formats!

Conference Session:

A Conference Session is educational in nature and includes no sales-related content. Presented by industry experts who address the concerns of each stakeholder group, sessions are scheduled throughout the event and are available to full Conference attendees only.


A Summit is an extended educational session with an open forum format conducted by a panel of business leaders within their respective industry.

Vendor Outreach Session:

A Vendor Outreach Session is vendor-sponsored and used to educate and promote the features and benefits of our exhibitors product(s) or service(s) in a classroom setting. These sessions are open to all attendees and may contain content specific to a vendor’s product or service.


A Workshop is a comprehensive (half day and full day) educational experience where you will learn practical strategies from recognized industry experts. Workshops can be purchased to add to your educational experience but do not require full Conference registration.


Industry summits are an extended session with an open forum presentation conducted by a panel of business leaders within their respective industry. These educational opportunities provide attendees a venue to not only learn about the most pressing issues facing the industry, but to add their voice to the discussion on developing solutions.

“You cannot function in the damage prevention industry if you have not attended this event.” – James Stanovcak, New Mexico 811, 9-time attendee


These optional workshops can add an extra level of value to your Conference experience. Consider purchasing a workshop for a comprehensive, hand-on look into the newest technologies and best practices within your chosen field.

Damage Investigation & Claims Resolution Workshop


Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Ron Peterson, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC

James J. Proszek, Hall Estill Attorneys at Law

This workshop focuses on the required elements of a successful damage investigation. Setting the stage for a valid root cause investigation and following standard investigative procedures are vital to an effective analysis of a damage. We will discuss asset protection, revenue/loss recovery, ethics and other ingredients needed to perform accurate and timely root cause investigations.

GPR for the Locating Technician Course


Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Troy de Souza, Sensors & Software

This course follows the NULCA “Competencies for the GPR Technician” curriculum. Students learn basic GPR theory and how to apply it to locating buried facilities. Setting up a survey, understanding data collection parameters and conducting a survey are taught. Best practices and survey methodology are covered. Upon completion of the hands-on component, students will acquire skills in data analysis and interpretation.

Utility Locator Skills Enhancement


Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00am – 3:30pm

Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

Not only is this skills training workshop a valuable tool for the novice line locator, the workshop was designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros on the art of underground line locating and marking. This two-fold training workshop begins with a live classroom training session followed by hands-on instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not-so-conventional equipment is placed in the hands of workshop participants.

GNSS Utility Locate & Mapping


Wednesday, March 27 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Mike Bellrose, Tri-Global Technologies, LLC

Mark Drew, Vivax-Metrotech

Dennis Heath, Tri-Global Technologies, LLC

Brady Hustad, ARGIS Solutions, LLC

Faulty map datasets can lead to erroneous One Call ticket notifications, construction delays, and utility line strikes which cost facility operators and contractors valuable resources and place those working around dangerous assets at risk. In this workshop, we explore new GPS/GNSS technology to accurately locate and document utility assets; how collected data can be utilized to build or enhance a GIS/One Call ticket management system; and field level maps and augmented reality viewers.

Locating Theory Demystified! Workshop


Wednesday, March 27 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Christopher Koch, ZoneOne Locating

Understanding Locating Theory is the key to getting the most out of your favorite instrument. This dynamic, fun, fast-paced workshop explains Locating Theory in a way that anyone can understand and offers solutions to common locating problems. What are electrons and why are they so important to locating? Why do different signal frequencies behave in different ways? What should I look for in a piece of locating equipment? The answers to these questions and more await you!

Conference Sessions

We are hard at work building a line up of education sessions developed to meet your needs.

In 2019, we will offer 60+ topics for you to choose from including:

811 Day Geofencing of Home Improvement Stores

Lee Richards, Dan Lucarelli

A Decade of Education: The Next Generation

Tracey Bryant

Active Shooter

Carol Dodgen

Applying Augmented Reality to Prevent Excavation Damage

Alexandre Pestov

Are You Prepared for a Trench Emergency?

Dennis O’Connell

Benefits of Pneumatic Soil Excavation within the Utility/Constructions Markets

Craig Schoen

Best Practices to Achieve Safer Excavations and Avoid Underground Dangers

Chapman Hancock

89% of surveyed attendees rate the value of the Conference to their damage prevention and safety practices as excellent or very good.

Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story

Joe Tantarelli

Converting 150 Years of Boston Historical Utility Records into a Cloud-Based Mapping System

Michael Twohig

Disaster Relief & Storm Recovery: A Panel Discussion

Ruth Weintraub

Drain Tile Safety Coalition Initiative

Craig Potts

Leading Practices for Cross Bores

Mark Bruce

Next Generation of One Call Centers: Changing the Way We Education

Aimee Milks, Kevin Hopper

Practical Solutions for Collaboration: The Detroit Pilot

Bruce Campbell

Pre-Dig Planning

Sean Nicholson

Protect Our Rights-of-Way

Al Field

RP1162 Rewrite

Terri Larson

Safe 4 the Right Reasons

Wylie Davidson

Sunshine 811 Program: First-Time Caller

Wendy Schaefer

Many other topics are currently in development, including:

• Abandoned & Repurposed Lines

• Abandoned Cables

• Aerial Patrol

• API Efforts in Modifying RP 80 & RP 1182 for Gathering Lines

• Board Member 101: Setting Expectations

• Board Topics: Open Forum

• Communication Standards

• Community Emergency Response Teams

• Corporate vs Non-Profit: What IS and ISN’T your role

• Customer-Owned Facilities/Private Facilities

• Cyber Security

• Damage Investigation & Legal Implications

• Damage Prevention Out of the Box

• Damage Prevention Programs

• Design Tickets

• DIRT Reporting Requirements

• Do This if You Don’t Want to See Your Lawyer

• Farming Issues

• Future Session Brainstorming

• Ghost Tickets

• Going Digital with GIS Mapping

• Hit & Run

• How Can Social Media Affect Your Reputation

• How do we Ensure We Properly Mark Crowded Corridors?

• How State Regulators Deal with

• Locating Issues

• Inhouse vs Outsources Locates

• Leading Practices on Cross Bore Reduction

• Legacy Assets: Mapping is Difficult

• Locating Pipelines within a Facility

• Mapping Standards and Challenges

• Marking Standards

• Mobile Mapping System for Above and Below Ground Assets

• NC Excavation Damage Prevention Law

• New Mapping Requirements: Pennsylvania One Call Law

• No Standardization in Abandonment

• PHMSA Ranking of State Agencies

• PHMSA Tracking & Traceability for Gas Utilities

• Pipelines in Waterways

• Private Utilities

• Public Awareness and Damage Prevention

• Put on Your One Call Hat: How to Think Like a Board Member, Not a Company Executive

• Risk Management

• Safe Ground Disturbance Construction Procedures

• Site Security

• Social Media: Should We or Shouldn’t We?

• Stakeholders Issues & Assumptions

• Stand Alone Enforcement

• Standards for Design Marking

• State Law Changes

• Successful Engagement Tactics with Excavators

• SUE: A National Crisis

• Tampa Bay Excavation Task Force

• Technology and Damage Investigation

• The Elephant in the Room

• The Tides have Turned: Farmers and Ranchers

• Traceability of Sewers

• Use of Predictive Analytics

• We All Talk Different Languages

• You the Jury

Sessions are being added regularly. Visit CGAconference.com for new additions!

Are you interested in presenting on a topic or participating in a panel discussion? Contact us at Michele@emailir.com



4iQ Solutions

811 Magazine

AIMS Companies


Badger Daylighting Corporation

Barr Air Patrol

Berntsen International, Inc.

Blood Hound, Inc

BOSS Solutions

Buzzi Unicem USA


Common Ground Alliance (DIRT)

Copperhead Industries, LLC



ELM Utility Services


Excavation Alert Systems: Signaltape


Flywheel Brands, Inc.

GITA / Geospatial Information & Technology Association

GSSI / Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.

Health Consultants Incorporated

Hydromax USA

irth Solutions

Juniper Systems

Kid Energy USA


Krylon Products Group

Locate Management

MALA GeoScience USA, Inc.

MBW, Inc.

Mears Group

MP Technologies

Nojitech Corporation

Norfield Development Partners


One Call Concepts




Pergam Technical Services

Phoenix Loss Control


Pipeline Safety


RamVac Vacuum Excavators

Radiodetection Corp.

Rhino Marking & Protection Systems

Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands

SENSIT Technologies

Sensors & Software, Inc.

Southern Cross

Subsite Electronics

Surveying and Mapping, LLC

TelDig, Inc.

Terra Tape, Division of Reef Industries

The Claims Center


Trimble Energy

Tri-Global Technologies, LLC



Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI)


Vactor Manufacturing


Vermeer Corporation


Infrastructure Resources is regularly adding new exhibitors. Visit CGAconference.com for the most updated list of exhibitors who are eager to meet you in March!

Registration and Pricing

Endorsing Organizations

“This is the industry’s number one Conference. Anybody and everybody you want to meet, they’re going to be here.” -Jimmy Jennings, One Call Concepts, 3-time attendee, 3-time exhibitor


86% of surveyed attendees rate the chances they will attend future CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expos as excellent or very good.

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