8:00 AM
Summit Golf Tournament – Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

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

8:30 AM
Intro to QGIS – Randal Hale, North River Geographic Systems, Inc.

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

 

AGENDA

7:50 AM              
Opening Session and welcome to attendees                       

8:00 AM
CGA update and D.I.R.T. report – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA

9:00 AM
What does it take to be a member of Alabama 811? – Gavin Doss, Alabama 811 Staff          

9:00 AM 
Locating 101 – Matt Manning, Vivax-Metrotech                            

9:00 AM – GIS TRACK
Lessons learned building a successful Electric GIS Program – Mack Wainright, Central Alabama Electric

10:00 AM
Alabama 811 annual membership meeting and operations update – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811

11:00 AM
What obstacles do locators face daily?    Panel Discussion – Facilitator: Bram Fuller, USIC

11:00 AM           
Crossbore Awareness and Prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group

11:00 AM – GIS TRACK            
Cloud Based GIS Data Collection Workflows – David Wright, NEI

2:30 PM
What obstacles do excavators face daily? – Panel Discussion   

2:30 PM
Components of a successful ticket – Kim Jenkins, Alabama 811, Jacqueline McClinton, Riviera Utilities               

2:30 PM – GIS TRACK
Using GIS to Manage Utility Operations – Mike Strength, Trussville Utilities & Hayden Strickland, Magnolia River

3:30 PM
What the law says about this – Steve Casey, Jones Walker, LLP & Alabama 811 

TENTATIVE AGENDA – speaker/titles being confirmed

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

8:00 AM
Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Mike Morgan, AT&T           

8:00 AM – GIS TRACK
The Modern Role of GIS in Today’s Utilities – Keith Cooke, ESRI                   

9:00 AM
Really, how important is white lining? – Roger Cox, ACTS Now

9:00 AM
How Alabama 811 Damage Prevention Program compares to other state Programs? – Facilitator: McKay Lyvers, Alabama 811 

9:00 AM – GIS TRACK
Increasing Revenue with GIS and Data Analytics at Opelika Utilities – Alan Lee, Opelika Utilities

10:00 AM
Side by side:  How both excavators and facility owners work together to meet requirements of the law and reduce damages – Panel Discussion    

10:00 AM
Driving, Parking Safety and Traffic Control in a Workzone – Kerry NeSmith, ALDOT

10:00 AM – GIS TRACK
Budget Friendly GIS – A Summit Success Story –  Michael Hughes, Franklin County

11:00 AM
Why we promote membership in Alabama 811 – Facilitator: Roger Cox, ACTS Now  

Alabama 811 annual membership meeting and operations update – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811     
This session will serve as the Alabama 811 annual meeting. It includes an overview of the 811 system, its departments and operational data.  Additionally, the discussion will include expectations and goals moving forward.  Session open to all attendees.

Budget Friendly GIS – A Summit Success Story – Michael Hughes,  Franklin County – GIS TRACK
Building and maintaining a GIS for your utility doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Proprietary systems from companies like ESRI can be implemented in a cost-effective model. There’s also open source software. It’s free (mostly)! And GPS devices are less expensive and easier to use than ever.
We will explore several cost-effective options for collecting your assets with GPS, deploying GIS software, and creating a workflow that will provide your agency with the location and characteristics of every asset that it maintains.  We will also share a success story of an Alabama Utility that successfully implemented these strategies after attending this same workshop at the 2016 Damage Prevention Summit.

CGA update and D.I.R.T. report – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA      
Learn how key CGA damage prevention initiatives assist stakeholders in keeping America safe and connected.  Khrysanne will also give an overview of the latest D.I.R.T. report.

Cloud-based GIS Data Collection Workflows – David Wright, NEI – GIS TRACK
In depth comparison of different mobile data collection workflows using Collector for ArcGIS, Fulcrum, Trimble Terraflex paired with different GPS receivers.

Components of a successful ticket Kim Jenkins, Alabama 811, Jacqueline McClinton Riviera Utilities                               
This session deals with the importance of giving accurate information and correct contact information. The information should be for the person on the jobsite and not the person in the office located who knows where. Communicating clearly often means the difference between success and failure on the project.

Crossbore Awareness and Prevention – Mac Foote, Mears Group
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.             

How Alabama 811 Damage Prevention Program compares to other state Programs? – Panel Discussion – Facilitator: McKay Lyvers, Alabama 811 
Every state has an 811 center, some more than one. How does Alabama’s Damage Prevention Program compare to other states in the region?  What programs have other states implemented that could benefit Alabama’s program? Attend this session to hear from811 system’s Damage Prevention Managers about their efforts.

Increasing Revenue with GIS and Data Analytics at Opelika Utilities –  Alan Lee, Opelika Utilities/GIS Inc. GIS TRACK    
Opelika Utilities was presented with a 2017 Special Achievement in GIS Award by ESRI and were featured in ArcNews Magazine for their innovative work in identifying non-operational meters through web-based analytics, identifying $25,000 per month in lost revenue. In this session Alan Lee will discuss how Opelika Utilities uses enterprise GIS to streamline operations, reduce costs, and plan for the future.    

Lessons learned building a successful Electric GIS Program – Mack Wainright, Central Alabama Electric – GIS TRACK
Mack Wainwright has helped build a successful GIS program at Central Alabama Electric Cooperative. In this session he will share lessons learned, recent successes, and how he has worked closely with Alabama 811 to help reduce and prioritize locate request volume. 

Locating 101Matt Manning, Vivax-Metrotech
Locating is more art than science? While there is definitely an art to it, science is what the pendulum of art is attached to. Understanding the basic theory of locating will serve you well. Attend this session to learn the basics and beyond of locating underground utilities.

Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra
AL 811 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.

Really, how important is white lining? – Roger Cox, ACTS Now
White lining has proven in national studies to reduce damages.  Yet in many states, including Alabama it is not required by law. This session takes a benefits/analysis approach to white striping. Few excavators will provide white lining just to make it easier for the locator, but are there other reasons to consider white lining your project?

Side by side:  How both excavators and facility owners work together to meet requirements of the law and reduce damages – Panel Discussion
Find out what the exact legal requirements under the law are for both excavators and facility owners regarding compliance under the damage prevention law.  What other initiatives have companies done to improve communications and working together to make a safe work environment.

The Modern Role of GIS in Today’s UtilitiesKeith Cooke, ESRIGIS TRACK
The evolution of the Web GIS pattern has made location analytics available to a wider audience than ever before, particularly personnel who would never touch a traditional GIS. We’ll examine how this new platform enables field workers, office personnel, decision makers, and the public to have secure access to content and analysis, while integrating with existing business systems, such as asset management.

Using GIS to Manage Utility Operations – Mike Strength, Trussville Utilities – GIS TRACK
Mike Strength, General Manager of Trussville Gas and Water, is a technology pioneer in the utility industry and a strong believer in the power of GIS. In this session he will share how Trussville Gas and Water uses GIS to manage regulatory compliance, daily work flow, planning and more which has allowed for increased overall efficiency, reduced stress for employees, and better service for customers.

What does it take to be a member of Alabama 811? – Gavin Doss, Alabama 811
What does the Alabama Underground Damage Prevention Law require regarding membership? What actual steps does it take to be a member and what happens once your membership is activated.  Find out exactly what the benefits of Alabama 811 membership are and how it can help you improve your existing damage prevention program and be even more proactive in reducing damages.

What obstacles do excavators face daily? – Panel Discussion – Chris Driskell, Spire
Arriving on site and still no marks on the ground or marks on the ground but I cut a line that wasn’t marked. Inclement weather causes delays as marks are often lost. These are but a few of the everyday challenges of the excavator. Attend this session to appreciate it is not always a picnic on this side of the trackhoe either.

What obstacles do locators face daily? – Panel Discussion – Facilitator: Bram Fuller, USIC
It’s got to be marked accurately, but it doesn’t always tone out.  What do you do when it is not on the map or not correctly placed on the map.  What do you do when the scope of the ticket is not clear?  What are the real-world consequences of falling behind?  Attend this session to learn about the every day life of a locator.

What the law says about this – Steve Casey, Jones Walker, LLP & Alabama 811
You often hear folks say “the law says you can’t do this.” Attend this session to learn what the law says about ticket types, ticket sizes and scopes, large on-going projects, emergency locates.  Your questions will be answered in this session dealing with what the law really says.

Why we promote membership in Alabama 811Facilitator: Roger Cox, ACTS Now
Should all owners/operators of underground facilities in Alabama be required to be a member of Alabama 811?  Why or why not is a discussion that will likely continue until settled by legislation.  Attend this session to hear why many systems chose membership even though they are not required by law to do so.  What have they learned from membership that will benefit others.

Workzone Traffic Control… and other Considerations  – Kerry NeSmith, ALDOT
This presentation will provide an overview of elements to be considered when performing work within a public right of way including appropriate response to an incident scene. 

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