dp-PRO Spring 2021

Locating – Buckle Up

The CGA Best Practices includes an unusual item within Chapter Four, the section dealing with Locating and Marking. Number 17 among the Best Practices is “Forecasting/Planning for Predictable Workload Fluctuations.” The Practice Statement immediately following that heading reads, “A plan is developed for managing unpredictable fluctuations.” Notice the juxtaposition of the words “predictable” and “unpredictable”. …

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Legal – Can Nonprofits Engage in Political Activity?

Protecting the Tax-Exempt Status of 501(c) (6) and 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations Many nonprofit organizations watched with great interest as this election season played out, and some may choose in the future to take a more active role in the political process. Some will also become involved with legislation. It is important for nonprofits to remember …

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Leading People

ONE Ringy-Dingy! It just never stops! The phone rings, the spam calls continue, a person walks in your office, and the list grows longer by the minute. If you Google “Lily Tomlin Telephone Operator” or remember the vignette, you might think our whole world has become one big comedic skit about not just how much …

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Public Awareness – Miss Utility Recognizes Locate Technicians in 17th Annual Locator Achievement Awards

MISS UTILITY of Maryland/District One Call recently recognized 60 outstanding locate technicians for their dedication to damage prevention and exemplary performance with zero safety violations in 2019 through the 17th Annual Locator Achievement Awards. Typically, award recipients are recognized during a celebration at a minor league baseball game, but as holding the traditional celebration was …

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Public Awareness – The Unveiling of New York 811’s New VR-X-SIM

Ready for Reveal Throughout the winter I’ve had the pleasure of revealing aspects of New York 811’s new VR-X-SIM, an immersive virtual reality (VR) tool with the potential to revolutionize the way we think about damage prevention education, damage investigation, and how we train excavators. After years of hard work alongside our partners, UTTO and …

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How we moved our Entire Workforce from the Office to Home – Part 2

WORKING IN THE PANDEMIC When I wrote about our move to working from home in the last issue (Winter, Part 1), our entire company had been working from home since the spring of 2020. I reported everything was going well as far as our operations and technology. I shared some of the technologies, applications, and …

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The Locator’s Role in Enforcement… promoting the awareness and use of safe digging practices

THE LOCATOR’S ROLE IN ENFORCEMENT Since July of 2015, Tennessee law has included enforcement which allows individuals to file a complaint through the Tennessee Public Utility Commission (TPUC) if they feel someone is in violation of the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. So, what does this mean to the locating world? I talked to a …

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