dp-PRO 2017 Q1

New PHMSA Study

Through the 2016 PIPES Act, PHMSA is mandated to conduct a study to: 1. Identify methods using location and mapping practices or technologies to improve existing damage prevention programs and thereby reduce damages to buried infrastructure. 2. Analyze how increased use of global positioning system digital mapping technologies, predictive analytic tools, public awareness initiatives (including …

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Leading People – Assembling a Leadership Pipeline

Not unlike the assembly of water, sewer, or electrical cable pipeline, creating a clear path for growth for one’s team to follow has tremendous value. The process is not easy, but has more similarities to the construction of a physical pipeline than one might think. Once assembled, the development of needed skills becomes more fluid, …

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Ask the DP Pro

Question:  I’ve always used the word “abandoned” to describe an unused pipe in the ground, but lately I’ve been hearing the term “out-of-service.” Is there a difference between them? And, if not, which one is the right one to use? Answer:  The term “abandoned” has long been used by laymen, utility owners, and professionals alike …

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CCGA’s Annual Damage Prevention Symposium

This past October, 225 stakeholders met at the remarkable Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to participate in the CCGA’s 4th Annual Damage Prevention Symposium. On the first day, the CCGA Committee members assembled to discuss topical issues within their committees of Best Practices, Damage Investigation Reporting Tool (DIRT), and Education & Marketing. The following day, attendees …

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PHMSA Excavation Enforcement Final Rule

On July 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced  the issuance of a final rule to establish the process for evaluating state excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs and enforcing minimum federal damage prevention standards in states where damage prevention law enforcement is deemed inadequate or …

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Utilizing Technology and Football to Reach New Audiences

CGA and Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC Partner to Promote Pipeline Safety through Free Interactive App The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and Phillips 66 Pipe-line LLC have partnered to create an interactive, educational app that targets football fans and promotes pipeline safety messaging. The innovative app, titled “Make the Call at the Big Game,” will launchin …

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