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8:00 AM
Summit Golf Tournament – Wynlakes

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

1:00 PM
Damage Investigation Training – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

8:00 AM       Welcome to the Summit – opening remarks – AL Public Service Commission
Followed by a discussion about stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences working with and under the current dig law.   

9:00 AM     Why you should care what PHMSA thinks about your state’s dig law – Sam Hall, PHMSA

10:00 AM   Not Just your Mom’s Soap Operas…The Impact of Damaging Cable – Facilitator – Carrie Boggs, Mediacom
    

10:00 AM   Making sense out of DOT Permitting – Kerry NeSmith, ALDOT

11:00 AM    Alabama 811 Membership Meeting and Operations Update – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811

1:00 PM     SpraySmart by Rust-Oleum – We have the future in the bag – Rust-Oleum, Outdoor Demo

2:30 PM     Litigation Involving Public Utilities & Strategies to Reduce Risks –
                    Mark Wilkerson, Wilkerson and Bryan PC

2:30 PM     Facing off with Facebook and daily utility operations – J. Suzanne Horsley, The University of Alabama
                                                                    

3:30 PM     Insured but not covered – Virginia Reames, The Policy Center

 

 

8:00 AM     Successfully engineering large projects while minimizing damages – Bram Fuller, USIC & Roger Cox, ACTS      


8:00 AM
     Managing your workload everyday – John Christiansen, KorTerra                             


9:00 AM
     Case study -Fraudulent One Call Tickets – Roger Sampson, New York 811


9:00 AM
     An approach to implement GIS and data collection into your daily workflow – David Wright, NEI                                        


10:00 AM
    Member Services – Panel discussion, Alabama 811 Staff


10:00 AM
    Locating 101 – Dustin Payne, USIC                     


11:00 AM
    Top three things the AL dig law should include – Chris Driskell, Spire

 

 

Alabama 811 Membership Meeting and Operations Update – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811
Alabama 811 Annual Membership Meeting and Operations Update.  Find out what has happened in the world of damage prevention this past year and what is the focus for the future. Session open to all attendees.

An approach to implement GIS and data collection into your daily workflow – David Wright, NEI
Attend this session to learn how to increase your GPS accuracy and the importance of it.

Case Study – Fraudulent One Call Tickets – Roger Sampson, New York 811
In this session, a damage prevention stakeholder from New York will provide a look at a situation that recently occurred in the area, where a utility locate contractor was requesting locate marks for excavations that were not planned to actually occur as a way to inflate its revenue. This session will cover ways to identify signs of potential fraud in the utility locate system and tips for engaging the proper authorities when a potential issue is identified as well as the steps taken to prevent this type of fraud from happening in the future.

Facing off with Facebook and daily utility operations – J. Suzanne Horsley, The University of Alabama
How do you handle the instant news environment when your company or operations hit the social media circles. Learn ways to address this and how to ensure current information is being property distributed.


Insured but not covered – Virginia Reames, The Policy Center 
Carriers declining claims whenever an insured does not call 811 is now becoming the standard. Some carriers deny based on an industry-wide exclusion for ‘intentional damage’ whereas others are adding a specific exclusionary endorsement to reaffirm their position. Either way, carriers are pivoting and denying claims when a contractor does not call 811 in advance of digging.

Litigation Involving Public Utilities & Strategies to Reduce Risks – Mark Wilkerson, Wilkerson and Bryan PC
Learn about real life litigation involving public utilties and how those have been handled in the court systems, what lessons have been learned and suggested strategies to reduce risks for your company.

Locating 101 – Dustin Payne, USIC
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.

Making sense out of DOT Permitting – Kerry NeSmith, ALDOT
ALDOT representatives will share insider information on the best and most effective way to apply for and acquire permits to cross DOT and R/R Rights of Way.  Learn some of the new changes to their process to make it the most pain free for both you and them while ensuring damage prevention measures are a priority.

Managing your workload everyday – John Christiansen, KorTerra
AL811 and KorTerra have teamed up to provide ticket management software at no cost to its members.  Attend this session to learn how to take advantage of this offer and how to use the software.

Member Services – Panel Discussion, Alabama 811 Staff
Alabama 811 provides many services for its members – not just transmission of locate requests.  See what opportunities are available to help your company with its damage prevention programs.

Not Just your Mom’s Soap Operas…The Impact of Damaging Cable – Facilitator, Carrie Boggs Mediacom; Jeff Brake, Sr. Charter Communications, Chad Copeland, Troy Cable, Tom Early, Ervin Cable Construction & John Follett, CableONE 
We’ve heard it said, or heard somebody who said they heard it said “it was cheaper to fix cable than it was to locate it.” While that may have been true yesterday, it is definitely not true today. In today’s e-business world, cutting the wrong cable stops the cash register for the business and may start the meter running for the excavator. Attend this session to learn impact of damage to cable and the cable industry’s focus on protecting it.

Successfully engineering large Projects while minimizing damages – Bram Fuller, USIC & Roger Cox, ACTS
Large construction projects can be a nightmare for both the contractor and the facility owners. These presenters have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly. Attend this session to hear what worked the best and what pitfalls to avoid.

Top three things the AL dig law should include – Chris Driskell, Spire
This is an audience participation session.  From your perspective, what top three things should the dig law address.  Hear an update from Bob Gardner with the Legislative Commission and Chris Driskell/Bram Fuller, Co-Chairs of the ADPA discussing the need for a stronger and more diversified alliance.

Welcome to the Summit – opening remarks – AL PSC
Following by a discussion about stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences working with and under the current dig law.       

Why you should care what PHMSA thinks about your state’s dig law – Sam Hall, PHMSA
Attend this session to learn more about PHMSA’s expectations for individual state’s damage prevention laws.  Learn if, when and why PHMSA can conduct an enforcement proceeding against an excavator within your state.