Staff Report

Did You Know a Locator Saved Your Life Last Week? Celebrating Locator Safety & Appreciation Week

LOCATOR SAFETY & APPRECIATION Week (LSAW) is April 19-25. This annual celebration brings to the forefront the need to recognize the important job locators do, thank them for their diligence and hard work, and provide them with tips and tools designed to help keep them safe on the job. Why should you care? Well, the …

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SPECIAL FOCUS – The Inaugural Global Locate Masters (GLM)

The Inaugural Global Locate Masters (GLM) is scheduled to take place during Damage Prevention Week at the 2022 Global Excavation Safety Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, March 1-3. The competition is designed to test the top locators in the world in a skills competition unlike any held before. Using UTTO virtual locate simulators, locators have the …

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Minnesota Underground Utilities Mapping Project Team

The Minnesota Underground Utilities Mapping Project Team (UUMPT), within the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), was formed in August 2020. The UUMPT works to increase locate efficiencies and accuracy, reduce damage to the state’s underground infrastructure, and improve operational and construction safety by leveraging current and emerging GIS technologies through cross-community collaboration …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Dora Parks – Just call her “Miss Utility”

EVERY ISSUE WHEN WE START INTERVIEWING PEOPLE TO WRITE OUR DAMAGE PREVENTION HERO ARTICLE, WE NEVER HAVE A SHORTAGE OF VOLUNTEERS WILLING TO SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON WHY AN INDIVIDUAL DESERVES TO BE HONORED WITH THIS DESIGNATION. This issue, however, the response we received was overwhelming. It seems “everyone” knows (and loves) Dora Parks–and wants …

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Introducing the Excavation Safety Alliance – a new membership program for the excavation industry

– INTRODUCING – Excavation Safety Alliance It is with great excitement that Infrastructure Resources (IR) announces the launch of Excavation Safety Alliance (ESA), a new membership program for the excavation industry. If there was one positive to pull from an otherwise difficult year, it is that 2020 forced us to pause and think deeply about …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Kelley Heinz

Kelley Heinz – A Damage Prevention Hero Who goes Above and Beyond her Responsibilities to Promote Safety and Damage Prevention Outreach! IF YOU READ THE ARTICLE, READY, RESPOND, RECOVER: DAMAGE PREVENTION BEST PRACTICES FOLLOWING A DISASTER, BEGINNING ON PAGE 16, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY THIS ISSUE’S HERO WAS NOMINATED. KELLEY HEINZ IS THE BRAINCHILD BEHIND …

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Global Locate Masters

The Inaugural Global Locate Masters (GLM) is schedule to take place during Damage Prevention Week at the 2022 Global Excavation Safety Conference in Phoenix, Arizona March 1-3. The competition is designed to test the top locators in the world in a skills competition unlike any held before. Using UTTO virtual locate simulators, locators have the …

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Giving Back

American Trails “We will be known by the tracks we leave behind” – Dakota proverb American Trails, a national nonprofit, has launched a new grant program in conjunction with Conservation United, Inc: The Trail Fund. The Trail Fund is a focused program in which the outdoor recreation and conservation- giving communities can invest in the …

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