Educational Sessions

We offer a variety of industry focused summits led by a panel of industry leaders addressing major issues and exploring potential solutions for these concerns. In addition, we offer educational sessions presented by professional speakers and industry experts who share their time and experience to increase industry knowledge on damage prevention and public awareness. These sessions are available to Full Conference delegate registration types only.

10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof
               Jack Jackson – Senior Consultant; SafeStart. United States.

Adopting New Technology While Conforming to Existing Standards
               Ed George – Technical Manager; Polyfabrics: A Tapex Group Company. Australia.

Believe in Safety: Know the Risks of Short Cuts
               Brandon Schroeder – President; Believe in Safety. United States.

Board Member 101
               Nancy Davis – Trainer, Facilitator, Owner; Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC. United States.

Board Member 201
               Nancy Davis – Trainer, Facilitator, Owner; Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC. United States.

Damage Prevention the Chicago Way
               Matthew Peterson – Principal Operations Analyst; Chicago Department of Transportation. United States.

Education vs. Training
               John Brix – International Keynote Speaker. Canada.

How Artificial Intelligence can Improve Accuracy of an Underground Infrastructure Location
               Denis Courchesne – President / CEO; Info-Excavation. Canada.

How to Implement a Comprehensive and Safe HDD Training Regimen
               Greg Wolfe – Director of Training; Ditch Witch®. United States.

Managing the Change
               Jack Jackson – Senior Consultant; SafeStart. United States.

Metrically Driven, Continuous Improvement for Stakeholder Engagement and Damage Prevention: The National Grid Case Study
               Lee Westerlind – Manager, Stakeholder Engagement Pipeline Safety Management; National Grid. United States.
               Robert Terjersen – Manager, Damage Prevention; National Grid. United States.

New Construction Techniques in Fiber Optics
               Jim Hayes – President; The Fiber Optic Association. United States.

Power of Don’t: Communication and Leadership Excellence
               John Brix – International Keynote Speaker. Canada.

Preventing Electric Utility Damage
               Kelley Heinz – Damage Prevention / Claims Investigator; ComEd. United States.

Risks Associated with Horizontal Directional Drilling
               Eric Swartley – Senior Manager Pipeline & Public Safety; UGI Utilities, Inc. United States.

Safe 4 Culture Changer Program
               Wylie Davidson – Training and Culture Specialist; DiVal Safety Equipment.

Safe 4 the Right Reasons
               Wylie Davidson – Training and Culture Specialist; DiVal Safety Equipment.

Strategic Planning
               Nancy Davis – Trainer, Facilitator, Owner; Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC. United States.

The Bad Side of Town
               Jack Jackson – Senior Consultant; SafeStart. United States.

The ROI on Making Underground Facilities Locatable
               Innes Fisher – Managing Director; Utility Location Services. New Zealand.

Using the Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction
               Mark Bruce – President; Cross Board Safety Association. United States.

Using Video to Better Communicate with Your Audience
               Chris Thome – VP of Business Development; Rhino Marking & Protection Systems. United States.

You the Jury: Trial of an Underground Utility Damage Claim
               James Proszek – Of Counsel; Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. United States.
               Ron Peterson – President; Ron Peterson Consulting. United States.
               Tony Jorgenson – Shareholder; Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. United States.
               Katie Wagner – Associate; Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. United States.

 

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Session Tracks

With 80+ Conference Sessions developed and presented by industry experts, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which ones best fit your educational needs. Our sessions are recommended based on industry but, we recognize the value in cross-discipline training and offer something for everyone. As a Conference attendee, you are always welcome to attend any session you wish. 

All Industries

Board Member

Electric

Engineer

Excavator & Contractor

Gas & Oil

GIS

Locator

One Call

Public Works

Regulatory

Telecom & Cable

Trenchless

Water & Sewer

Education Credits Available

Attendance at a GITA session at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo can contribute to the GISCI Course Points, a mandatory requirement for certification or renewal of your GISP. The GISCI Course Points are managed through GITA.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS (PDHs) – You may earn PDHs, which are nationally recognized units of record, by attending a UESI session at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo. Individuals should check regularly with their state licencing board for specific continuing education requirements in their jurisdiction that affects professional engineering licensure and the ability to renew licensure. PDHs are managed through ASCE-UESI.

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BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ICT industry. Earn 10 BICSI CECs by attending the sessions at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo. BICSI recognizes CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo training for BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs). CECs are issued by BICSI ONLY to BICSI credential holders. Contact BICSI if you would like to become a BICSI member. 

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Vendor Outreach Sessions

Vendor Outreach Sessions showcase the solutions and services our exhibitors offer the damage prevention community.

Presented in a classroom setting, these sessions are open to all registration types.