CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo Workshops

Utility Locating with GPR Course


Greg Johnston, Applications Geophysicist, Sensors & Software, Inc.

This full day training course meets the NULCA “Competencies for the GPR
Technician” curriculum. The objective is to ensure that the user demonstrates
knowledge, skill, and understanding in applying GPR safely and professionally
to locate utilities. Topics include GPR theory, factors affecting target detection,
how GPR compliments traditional EM locating, application of Line Scan and Grid
Scans, hands-on equipment setup and data collection, data interpretation, and
case studies. Pre-registration is required. Box lunch included in cost.

Damage Investigation & Claims Resolution


Ron Peterson; President with Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC

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.
Topics covered include asset protection, revenue / loss recovery, ethics and other
ingredients needed to perform accurate and timely root cause investigations.
Pre-registration is required. Box lunch included in cost.

Refreshments Sponsored by

Utility Locator Skills Enhancement


Bob Nighswonger; President with Utility Training Academy

This skills training workshop is a great introductory session for the novice locator
and a valuable career-building tool designed to challenge even seasoned
professionals on underground line locating. This workshop begins with classroom
training including a comprehensive presentation, lively discussion, and a
supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities.
The classroom session is followed by hands-on instruction performed outdoors
with a variety of conventional and unconventional equipment.

• This workshop is approved for 6-8 Continuing Educational Hours or Training
Credits for Water Operator Certification renewals in various states and
approved for 8 contact hours for CWEA certificate holders. Visit website for
additional details

Pre-registration is required. Box lunch included in cost.

Refreshments Sponsored by



Locating Theory Demystified!


Christopher Koch; President with ZoneOne Locating.

Have you ever looked at someone locating and wondered what the heck is
going on? Whether you are a locator, work with locating personnel, or are just
curious about locating you will benefit from seeing and using the latest in locating
technology as accurate locating is crucial to damage prevention. This workshop
explores the principles of locating, the role locating plays in safe excavation, and
includes hands-on use of equipment. With classroom training on locating basics
and hands-on training, students will be able to experience using various pieces
of equipment in different settings. Several locate equipment manufacturers will
provide equipment and tips on how to get an accurate locate, including using
ground penetrating radar (GPR). Pre-registration is required.

Safe 4 Culture Changer Program: Improve Your Safety Culture through an Effective
Safety Campaign


Wylie Davidson; Training and Culture Specialist with DIVAL Safety

Built upon the foundation of the “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” safety message,
this workshop is an organized, planned, and proven method of improving a
company’s safety culture. Most companies don’t have a lack of desire, dedication,
or even funding to keep their employees safe, what they often lack is a plan. This
workshop addresses the ineffective approach that consists of sporadic events and
a lack of consistency and commitment resulting in the “flavor of the day” safety
effort that results in meager results. Let’s face it, we are Safety Marketers – we
are attempting to influence our employees and drive them to want what we are
offering, being safe both on and off the job, so they can continue to take care of
their families and loved ones. Pre-registration is required. Box lunch included
in cost.

“This is a place where I can come and get valuable information that I’ll be able to
bring back to my organization and help me do what I do every day better.”
Matt Miceli, NiSource – 1st time attendee, Mentor/Mentee Program


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