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 think about your state’s dig law – Sam Hall, PHMSA

10:00 AM   Cheaper to fix than to locate CATV; Not likely – CATV Representative
    

10:00 AM   Making sense out of DOT Permitting – ALDOT Representative

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 – Speaker TBD

 

 

8:00 AM     Case Study – Successfully engineering large Projects while minimizing damages – Speaker TBD       


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
     Using GPS to its fullest advantage – 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.

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.

Case Study – Successfully engineering large Projects while minimizing damages – Speaker TBD
Large construction projects can be a nightmare for both the contractor and the facility owners. Hear how one company has been working major reconstruction project with great communication and great damage prevention tactics.  

Cheaper to fix than to locate CATV; Not likely – CATV Representative    

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 – Speaker TBD, 
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 – Speaker TBD, ALDOT

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.

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.

Using GPS to its fullest advantage – David Wright, NEI

Welcome to the Summit – opening remarks – AL Public Service Commission
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.