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Attendees must be registered for these specific Workshops to attend.

8:30 AM
Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy


1:00 PM

Damage Investigation Training – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

 

Tentative Sessions – will be updated as speakers/titles are confirmed

 

8:00 AM
CGA Update and latest DIRT Report & Research findings –Erika Lee, CGA

9:00 AM
Tennessee 811 Update & Annual Meeting – Bill Turner, Tennessee 811

11:00 AM
Worker Safety means digging safe – 
Cliff Meidl, Cliff Meidl Enterprises, LLC

1:30 PM
Utilizing HDD for maximum profit and minimum damages – Matt Mingus, Team Construction

1:30 PM
Let’s get social—Meghan Wade, Georgia 811

2:30 PM
Enforcement Panel–Facilitator: Craig Ingram, Tennessee 811

2:30 PM
Cross Bores – Awareness and prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group

3:30 PM
Damage Reporting for Tennessee – Craig Ingram, Tennessee 811

3:30 PM
Impact of the Sun Prairie incident – a local perspective­­—Bennet Zweifel,  Diggers Hotline, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Sessions – will be updated as speakers/titles are confirmed

 

8:00 AM
Legislative agenda for Tennessee’s dig law… where to now? — Bill Turner, Tennessee 811

9:00 AM
Investigative Photography— Roger Cox, ACTS Now

9:00 AM
PHMSA Damage Prevention Overview and Update – Arthur Buff, PHMSA

10:00 AM
Promoting Outreach Partnerships – Tennessee 811 Liaisons

10:00 AM
Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge – Matt Manning, Vivax-Metrotech

11:00 AM
Tennessee Damage Prevention Summit and beyond – Craig Ingram, Tennessee 811 & Roger Cox, ACTS Now

 

 

Session Descriptions Updated and Confirmed.

 

CGA Update and latest DIRT Report & Research findings
Learn how key CGA damage prevention initiatives assist stakeholders in keeping America safe and connected. Erika will also provide an overview of DIRT and recent CGA research findings.

Cross Bores – Awareness and prevention
This session will discuss the hazards associated with cross bores, the process for preventing them as well as the challenges in finding and eliminating them.

Damage Reporting for Tennessee
They say the truth is in the numbers, but what if we don’t have the whole truth? Learn what the numbers say about damage prevention in Tennessee, where we can improve, and how we compare to our neighbors.

Enforcement Panel
More than 500 Damage Prevention Complaints have been filed with the Underground Utility Damage Enforcement Board (UUDEB) through the Public Utility Commission (PUC). This panel of experts will walk you through the life of a complaint, from initial filing, to PUC investigation, to review by the executive committee of the UUDEB. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the enforcement process and will be better equipped to activate our state’s enforcement program in response to a violation.

 Impact of the Sun Prairie incident
This is not a review of what happened and where fingers could be pointed.  Instead it is a look at the overall impact this incident had and continues to have.  Its influence is still being felt due to the people, location, coverage, and work environment involved.

 Investigative Photography
Everybody has pictures of the damage and unfortunately they don’t all tell the same story.  Enforcement requires that you up your game when it comes to documentation.  Attend this session to learn how to take photos that tell the story of the incident.  It will prove to be the difference in winning and losing.

Legislative agenda for Tennessee’s dig law… where to now?
Legislative changes are certainly part of our future.  Attend this session to share your thoughts regarding Tennessee’s current dig law as to what seems to be working well and what needs to be changed.

 Let’s get social
Attend this session to learn advantages and disadvantages of the ability to instantly connect with people or organizations. Sometimes knowing what others are saying about you and your team helps you develop your strategy for success.

Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge
Locating is more art than science?  There’s definitely an art to it, but science is what the pendulum of art  is attached to.  Attend this session to learn the basics and beyond of locating underground facilities.

PHMSA Damage Prevention Overview and Update
Excavation damage is a leading cause of pipeline incidents. While a smaller portion of all pipeline incidents is attributed to excavation damage, a larger portion of injuries requiring hospitalization and fatalities are attributed to excavation damage. PHMSA’s intent is to encourage states to establish adequate excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs.  

Promoting Outreach Partnerships
Damage prevention is a shared responsibility and outreach partnerships are a great way to combine the resources and manpower of Tennessee stakeholders. TN811’s Damage Prevention Liaisons reflect on past and present outreach partnerships and highlight the wide array of opportunities that exist for enhancing damage prevention in your community.

Tennessee 811 Update & Annual Meeting
This session is TN811’s annual meeting and includes a general overview of programs for 2018. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this session.

Tennessee Damage Prevention Summit and beyond
Attend this session to learn more about the Summit and its long term goals for Damage Prevention in Tennessee.

Utilizing HDD for maximum profit and minimum damages
Directional drilling is here to stay for the unforeseen future.  Attend this session to learn from a contractor whose company has seen the good, the bad and the ugly with HDD and is willing to share the lessons learned.

Worker Safety means digging safe
After a construction accident that caused him to suffer severe electrical burns and the near loss of his legs at age 20, Cliff battled against all odds to recover. He then rose to become a two-time Olympian in the sport of kayaking. His fellow athletes elected him to receive the ultimate honor: bearing the flag and leading Team USA into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of Sydney 2000.