dp-PRO 2017 Q1

Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority Adopts New “Call Before You Dig” System

To an outsideR, the carr iage and tr eat ment of sewerage no doubt evokes the sentiment “out of sight, out of mind.” But to Connecticut’s Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority  (GNHWPCA), the required infrastructure and assets may be out of sight but rarely, if ever, are they out of mind. So, when …

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History 101: Evolution of the Common Ground Alliance

(Editor’s Note: James Anspach gave the keynote address at the 2016 CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium in Banff, Alberta. The following article is captured from that address.) The evolution of utility damage practices and the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) formation is a lesson in how a convergence of serendipitous events, personal relationships, advances in technology and …

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VA811 Business Continuity and Root Cause Analysis

Within several hours of being notified of ISO certification, one of the fastest moving and longest last-ing storms in history, a Derecho, hit the Mid-Atlantic states. Hurricane force winds reaching 91 miles per hours caused widespread destruction. Rick Pevarski, President & CEO of VA811, emphasizes the importance of the One Call Center’s role in damage …

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CCGA’s Annual Damage Prevention Symposium

This past October, 225 stakeholders met at the remark-able 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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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Training Facility Focuses on Customer Service, Safety and Damage Prevention

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc., recently opened a state-of-the-art train-ing center in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The $10 million, 22,000 square-foot facility is the first of four leading-edge training centers that NiSource utilities will build and operate in its service territory by 2018. Others are planned in Ohio, Massachusetts and Virginia. “It’s not …

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