Global Excavation Safety Conference 2022

The premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. The largest event in the underground damage prevention industry since 2004, the Conference traditionally draws over 1,500 participants from around the world.

Multiple industry associations hold meetings in conjunction with this event, and with 80+ conference sessions, numerous networking events, and 120+ exhibitors, including an outdoor demo fair for hands-on access to equipment, it is the place to be if you are committed to the mission of reducing damages.

GRAND PRIZE Trip to Australia!

PelicanCorp is offering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia for one lucky delegate at the Global Excavation Safety Conference! Drawing held during Dueling Decades at The Duce* Wednesday night. You must be present to win. Enter onsite at PelicanCorp’s booth 501 for your chance to WIN! *Ticket included with Conference and Exhibitor badges, additional tickets are available for purchase.

Benefits of Attending

• Connect with industry leaders and develop relationships that will help you grow your network and your career.

• Engage in peer-to-peer exchanges during sessions, meals, and networking events.

• Attend panel discussions and industry summits for insight into all industry perspectives.

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

• Act as an advocate for your entire work group by bringing what you’ve learned back to the office.

• Our full complement of exhibitors makes this a one-stop shop to learn about advancing technologies and tools that are redefining the industry.

• Add your voice to the conversations that drive the future of the industry.

*Owned and Produced by Infrastructure Resources, LLC

80% of surveyed attendees stated that information obtained will help them implement change at work.

2022 Mentorship Program
Share your knowledge and expertise with an upcoming professional within the industry who has never had the opportunity to attend the Excavation Safety Conference and would benefit from the education and experiences that are only available here. Help them connect with other industry professionals and build their network; guide them as they expand their knowledge base and develop core skills and best practices. With your Conference registration, you can mentor a future leader with a deeply discounted rate for them of ONLY $811! Learn more at


Our Guarantees

No Risk COVID-19 Guarantee: Your registration is protected! In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19-related concerns, your registration will be rolled over to the 2023 event in Tampa, Florida.

We understand you may have some concerns regarding social gatherings in light of the current pandemic. Visit to learn what we are doing to ensure your health and safety.

With education, networking and exhibits designed for all industry stakeholders, we are
transforming the damage prevention industry on understanding and staying mindful
of procedures and best practices that significantly reduce the risk of damages while
protecting our workplaces, communities, environment and lives.
Visit our Schedule of Events

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Providing critical information and education for all stakeholders within the damage prevention and excavation safety industry. With education specific to industries and roles, as well as education with a cross-industry appeal, this is the premiere event to network with industry peers, learn safe practices, and lower costs associated with excavation damages. If your role involves any aspect of utility damage prevention, Global Excavation Safety Conference is the right event for you.

DAILY PLENARIESAn industrywide message delivered to all Conference delegates dedicated to safe digging.


Say What?! Communicate Your Message to Anyone!
Communication is key. Learn what type of communicator you are and how to reach across that divide to reach people who communicate in a different way. A combination of communication skills will provide you with new skills and understanding to make sure your message is heard, effective and productive.
Dr. Kathy Gruver, Speaker, Author, Coach


Global Locate Summit – What is the best approach for attracting and keeping good locate technicians?
A panel of industry leaders address this growing concern as they discuss the pitfalls and look for solutions in this interactive panel discussion.
Moderated by Ron Peterson, Executive Director, Nulca


Critical Learnings of Damage Prevention Legislation from Around the World
An international panel gathers to discuss the positive and negative aspects of legislation in their countries. Learn what to focus on (or avoid) when looking at proposed legislation. Panelist provide oversight on when their legislation began, its purpose and function, and how it has helped to reduce damages.

SESSIONS – With over 80 sessions to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Educational sessions are offered by professional speakers and industry experts who share their time and experience to increase industry knowledge on damage prevention, public awareness, and other related topics. In addition, interactive industry-focused summits impanel industry leaders to address major issues and explore potential solutions.

New sessions added regularly. Visit for the most up-to-date options, session descriptions and speaker biographies.

10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof – Jack Jackson, SafeStart

Adapt and Overcome – John Brix, Professional Speaker

Bad Side of Town – Jack Jackson, SafeStart

Believe in Safety – Brandon Schroeder

Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story – Joe Tantarelli, Implementation Specialist, SafeStart

Damage Happens, What Comes Next? Steps to Claims Resolution – Taylor Fudge, Claims Management Resources

Damage Prevention the Chicago Way – Jai Kalayil, Supervising Engineer, Chicago Department of Transportation

De-Escalating Volatile Situations in the Field – Jim Willis, CEO, In-Dev Specialists, Inc.

Distribution Public Awareness Council (DPAC) Natural Gas Distribution Safety Benchmarking – DPAC Members

How New Mexico’s Damage Reporting and Enforcement Tracking System Improves Efficiencies and Accountabilities – Thomas Hall, KorTerra & Jason Montoya, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

How To Create a Successful Statewide DPC – John Sparks, Texas 811

Innovations Target Reducing Underground Utility Damage During Construction – Geoff Zeiss, Principal, Between the Poles

IRS Interest in Good Corporate Governance Practices (IRS Form 990)Kevin Moore, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Leaving a Safety Legacy – Wylie Davidson, Wylie Davidson, LLC

Leading Women of Damage Prevention – Ketha Molina, Regional Manager, Texas 811
*Endorsed by PAPA

Managing the Change – Jack Jackson, SafeStar

Minnesota’s Groundbreaking Project: Underground Utilities Mapping Project Team – Barbara Cederberg, Chief Operating Officer, Gopher State One Call

Next Generation of Underground Mapping Best Practices – Moderator: Michael Twohig, DGT Associates

One Call Systems: Big Changes Below the Horizon. The Impact of Changing Technology on One Call Systems – Duane Rodgers, CEO, PelicanCorp

Online Locate Requests vs Phone Submissions: Why Go Virtual and Is It Safer? – Josef Rosenberg, Contact Centre Manager, Utility Safety Partners

Paying Attention Could Make All the Difference – Jim Willis, CEO, In-Dev Specialists, Inc.

Preventing Electric Utility Damage – Kelley Heinz, Damage Prevention Manager, ComEd

RP1162 Update – Terri Larson, Principal, Larson Communications
*Endorsed by PAPA

Reducing the Consequences of Gas Line Damage – David Heldenbrand, President, Bison Engineering Daniel Saavedra, Forensic Civil Engineer, Bison Engineering

Standardized Ticket Formats – Sher Kirk, Operations Director, Utility Safety Partners

Stress Management: Go from Worrier to Warrier – Moderator: Dr. Kathy Gruver

The Locate Tech… The Real Assets in the Damage Prevention Cycle –  UTTO

VR-SIM for New York 811 – Moderator: Roger Sampson, New York 811 Annie Burns, UTTO

The Day We Will Remember – Ricky Rollins, Motivational Safety Speaker

The Pink Cow – John Brix, Professional Speaker
*Endorsed by PAPA

The Power of Don’t – John Brix, Professional Speaker

The Power of Safety First – Cliff Meidl, Cliff Meidl Enterprises

The Use and Effects of a Standard Damage Prevention Safety Management System – Mel Christopher, Executive Director, Gold Shovel Standard

Two Confined Space Standards: Which one is for you? –  Bruce Magee, Region Product Development Manager, United Rentals

Underground Damages Case Study: Use of Comprehensive Data Analysis – Louis Panzer, Executive Director, North Carolina 811 Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati, Assistant Professor: Civil and Architectural Engineering, Lawrence Technical University

What Will They Say About You? – Moderator: Wylie Davidson, Wylie Davidson LLC

Write it Down! Processes and Benefits of Collecting “Locate Data”Moderator: AJ Clark, Locate Manager, Badger Daylighting

Why BBS in Not Enough – Joe Tantarelli, Implementation Specialist, SafeStart

INDUSTRY SUMMITS – Panels of industry leaders address major issues within their industry and explore potential solutions for these concerns in these interactive summits.

Electric Safety Summit: What are the best practices for damage prevention after a disaster?
Moderator: Cliff Meidl, Cliff Meidl Enterprises
*Sponsored by KorTerra

Excavator Perspective Summit: What steps can be taken to improve communication?
*Sponsored by Badger Daylighting

Fiber Optic Asset Protection Summit: Should we be looking up as well as looking down?
Moderator: Christopher McDermott, AT&T
*Sponsored by NTDPC

Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit: How can field data be used to drive actions across the company?

Notification Center Summit: What is the role of a Notification Center in impacting legislation and education? Does it improve damage prevention?
Moderator: Bruce Campbell, MISS DIG 811
*Sponsored by FNCA & KorTerra

Global Locate Summit: What is the best approach for attracting and keeping good locators?
*Sponsored by KorTerra

Water & Sewer Infrastructure Protection Summit: What does responsible potholing look like?
Moderator: Erin Hays, Kingsbrook Rural Water
*Sponsored by KorTerra

For speaking opportunities, contact


Learn about the newest trends and technologies for the damage prevention industry. Every year our exhibitors premiere new products and services that put you in the perfect position to bring your team information on the equipment and knowledge needed to run at peak efficiency and effectiveness.

Whether visiting booths or participating in vendor-provided education, time spent on the exhibit floor is a great way to increase your knowledge on industry advancements.
Visit our Exhibitor List and Floor Plan page


Vendor Education


Held Tuesday morning before the official open of the Conference, these 45-minute classroom sessions showcase the solutions and services our exhibitors and sponsors offer the damage prevention community. Open to ALL registration types.


Held in exhibit hall courtyards during expo hours, these 30-minute informal conversations are led by speakers and exhibitors.


Held in exhibit hall courtyards during expo hours, these 30-minute sessions offer interactive discussions with select exhibitors.


Held in the USIC Damage Prevention Theater, this session offers a rapid-fire introduction to the new products and services introduced by our exhibitors within the past year.


A variety of networking events create the opportunity to connect with other industry professionals, grow your network and move your career to the next level!


Come together and celebrate the kickoff of the 2022 Global Excavation Safety Conference! The perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and explore solutions and new technologies with vendors who add value to your experience. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available. Don’t be late! Ceremonial ribbon cutting begins promptly at 3:00 pm!


Take advantage of these casual seating areas scattered throughout the exhibit hall to gather with peers for a meal or just great conversation between visits to our exhibitors.
*Sponsored by FNCA, Urbint, Arizona 811


30-minute informal discussions led by speakers and exhibitors on industry topics held in courtyards throughout the exhibit hall during expo hours. Open to all badge types.


Enjoy your lunch in the sun as you explore exhibitor equipment displays and demonstrations. Gain live, hands-on experience with the newest tools in the damage prevention industry.


Wrap up your week in Phoenix with a day on the links and get one last chance to network with your peers. This 18-hole par 71 championship course at Legacy Golf Club is a perfect reward after a full week of education and networking! The shotgun, best ball tournament starts at 8:00 am and includes lunch.
*Sponsored by Click Before You Dig


From classic hits to current pop, sing along with dueling pianos that span the generations at The Duce, a retro-chic venue featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives! Turn up the volume by representing YOUR favorite artist and join the duel for bragging rights to the BEST decade for music!

Tune in for fun, food, cocktails and prizes at this primetime networking event of Global Excavation Safety Conference! Your ticket is INCLUDED with your Conference or Exhibitor badge! Tickets are available for purchase for all other badge types.

For exhibit or sponsor opportunities, contact

NEW This Year

Because the damage prevention industry is in a state of constant evolution, continuous improvement is an integral foundation of Global Excavation Safety Conference. Every year we implement change from small improvements to major enhancements based on your feedback, as well as industry needs and expectations. We welcome your suggestions and use them to build an event that offers world-class education, networking and access to resources. Contact us at to share your ideas, thoughts and opinions. We look forward to hearing from you!


Keeping in mind a higher concern for safety, Global Excavation Safety Conference has moved to a hands-free onsite check-in process. Don’t worry! Full-service registration stations are still available if you have questions or need help.
*Registration Sponsored by UTTO


Meals will look a little different this year. All provided meals are served in self-contained grab ‘n go packaging on the expo floor. Provided meals include breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, hors d’oeuvres during the Welcome Reception, and meal stations Wednesday night at The Duce. Meals are included with Conference and Exhibitor badges. Other badge types can purchase meal tickets at registration.
*Sponsored by Urbint


Held in exhibit hall courtyards during expo hours, tech talks offer interactive discussions with select exhibitors. Open to all badge types.


Courtyards are casual seating areas scattered throughout the exhibit hall. Tech talks and networking chats are held in these courtyards. These are also great places to gather with peers for lunch or just great conversation!
*Sponsored by Urbint, FNCA, Arizona 811 


Informal discussions led by speakers and exhibitors held in courtyards during expo hours. Open to all badge types.


A daily industrywide message is delivered to all Conference delegates dedicated to safe digging.


Checking out of the hotel Thursday morning and don’t know what to do with your luggage? We’ve got you covered! Secure bag check is available Thursday at the Convention Center!

By the Numbers

97% of surveyed delegates rated the ROI of attending Global Excavation Safety Conference as “excellent” or “very good.”

91% of surveyed delegates would recommend this Conference to an industry peer.

89% of surveyed delegates stated that information obtained will help them implement change at work.

94% of surveyed delegates stated their company will further explore products or services found here.

Don’t Take Our Word for it!

It is the #1 opportunity for education and networking for our industry as a whole.
Bruce Campbell, MISS DIG System Inc.

Building these relationships is so important to sharing best practices and helping my company and the industry as a whole continue to make progress in damage prevention.
-Matt Miceli, Nisource

Extremely well done, most of the breakout sessions I attended were excellent. Everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
-Kelly Roy, Maricopa County Department of Transportation

If you have a genuine thirst for knowledge, this is the place to be. The educational opportunities available to you are simply unparalleled.
-Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy, Inc.

There [are] just so many things to see, so many people to visit with, so many great sessions. I would totally recommend this conference to anybody.
-Andrea Stainback, CenturyLink

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

There is a variety of sessions, demos and trainings happening throughout the conference that are beneficial to every industry.
-Robert Edwards, Citizens Energy Group

The Excavation Safety Conference is an awesome opportunity to network with peers from around the world! The offers fantastic exposure to industry trends and vendors.
-Derek Brown, Call Before You Dig CT

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