Global Excavation Safety Conference


Since 2004, the Excavation Safety Conference has been providing critical education to the damage prevention industry to help all stakeholder groups; delivering opportunities to network with industry peers, learn safe practices, and lower costs associated with underground damages.

80+ Sessions Developed and presented by industry experts with content suited to every industry. NEW SESSIONS added regularly. Visit for additional session titles.

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

Two Confined Space Standards – Which one is for you?
Bruce Magee, United Rentals

The Power of Safety First
Cliff Meidl, Cliff Meidl Enterprises

Reducing the Consequences of Gas Line Damage
David Heldenbrand, Bison Engineering
Daniel Saavedra, Bison Engineering

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

Damage Prevention the Chicago Way
Jai Kalayil, Chicago Department of Transportation

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

De-Escalating Volitile Situations in the Field
Jim Willis, In-Dev Specialists, Inc.

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

Adapt and Overcome
John Brix, Professional Speaker

The Power of Don’t: Communication and Leadership Excellence
John Brix, Professional Speaker

The Pink Cow
John Brix, Professional Speaker

How to Create a Successful Statewide DPC
John Sparks, Texas811

Online Locate Requests vs Phone Submissions: Why Go Virtual and Is It Safer?
Josef Rosenberg, Alberta One-Call Corporation

Preventing Electric Utility Damage
Kelly Heinz, ComEd

Leading Women of Damage Prevention
Ketha Molina, Texas 811

IRS interest in Good Corporate Governance Practices (IRS Form 990)
Kevin Moore, Hinshaw Law

Underground Damages Case Study: Use of Comprehensive Data Analysis
Louis Panzer, North Carolina 811
Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati, Lawrence Technical University

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

The Day We Will Remember
Ricky Rollins, Motivational Safety Speaker

RP1162 Update
Terri Larson, Larson Communications

Industry Summits
Panels of industry leaders address important issues. Add your voice to the conversation.

Electric Safety Summit- Sponsored by KorTerra

Excavator Perspective Summit- Sponsored by Badger Daylighting

Fiber Optic Asset Protection Summit- Sponsored by NTDPC

Notification Center Summit- Sponsored by FNCA and KorTerra

Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit

Global Locate Summit – Sponsored by KorTerra

Water & Sewer Infrastructure Protection – Sponsored by KorTerra

Daily Plenaries

Open to all full conference delegates, plenaries offer an industrywide message delivered by leaders dedicated to safe digging and excavation safety

89.8% of surveyed attendees stated that information obtained will help them implement change at work

Interested in speaking?  Submit your abstract at


There are a variety of networking events to help you connect with the people who can move you and your career to the next level.

  • Welcome Reception – The perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and explore solutions and new technologies offered by vendors who add value to your experience
  • Demo Fair & Picnic Lunch – Enjoy the beautiful Phoenix weather as you dine alongside the avenue of exhibitor equipment demonstrations. Lunch provided for Full Conference delegates.
  • Wednesday Night at The Duce – The prime-time social event of the Conference! Included with Full Conference and Exhibitor Registration, other badge types: $150 (Onsite $200)
  • Courtyard Chats – Short, informal discussions led by speakers and exhibitors on industry topics held in casual gathering spots throughout the exhibit hall during expo hours.
  • Click Before You Golf Scramble – 18 holes, shotgun start – a great way to wrap up your week in Phoenix relaxing and networking with peers


Our exhibitors are valuable resources for the damage prevention products and services you need to do your job better, safer, and more efficiently

  • Vendor Outreach Sessions – 45-minute classroom sessions showcasing the solutions and services our exhibitors and sponsors offer the damage prevention community
  • New Product Forum – A rapid-fire introduction to the products and services released by our exhibitors within the past year.
  • Tech Talks – Held during expo hours, these 30-minutes sessions offer interactive discussions with select exhibitors.
  • Outdoor Demo Fair – Gain live, hands-on experience with the newest tools offered by our exhibitors in the damage prevention industry.

Dedicated to bringing together industry stakeholders to discuss new ideas, Damage Prevention WeekTM has one agenda – a yearly forum focused on bringing attention to ways of reducing damages and improving excavation safety. All views and stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to participate.

While stakeholders are encouraged to visit to download and use the logo to promote their local event, many organizations are working with Infrastructure Resources to host events in Phoenix during Damage Prevention Week.

Global GPR Congress


This global GPR event brings together new and experienced users from both the academic and private sector for accelerated learning opportunities and open discussion on user-critical topics.

Cross Bore Safety Association Leading Practices on Cross Bore Safety Course


Created to provide underground utility operators, contractors, and service providers guidance for minimizing utility conflicts due to cross bore strikes, this course covers a wide range of cross bore safety topics, from the evaluation of existing cross cores to regulatory requirements.

Global Locate Masters – Sponsored by UTTO


This unique competition, held in VR simulators, creates complex locate experiences in an immersive environment to challenge training, skill, experience and the attention to detail required for a successful locate. With the unprecedented opportunity to perform before a live audience of peers and industry leaders, the GLM recognizes, rewards, and shined a spotlight on the world’s best utility locating professionals!

Damage Investigation and Claims Resolution Workshop – Ron Peterson


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.  Refreshments sponsored by JNR/The Claims Center

Utility Locator Skills Enhancement Workshop – Bob Nighswonger


A great introductory session and valuable career-building tool for the novice locator, this workshop was also designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros on the art of underground line locating and marking.  Refreshments sponsored by FlagShooter

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