8:00 AM
Summit Golf Tournament

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

8:30 AM
GIS Training Tracking & Traceability – Mark Fiorita, Trimble

8:30 AM
Damage Investigation Training – Roger Cox, ACTS Now

 

 

 

Tentative Sessions will be updated as the speaker/company are confirmed

8:00 AM
CGA Update and Damage Report White Paper –  Khrysanne Kerr, CGA

9:00 AM
Recent Legislative Changes to the Dig Law – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811

10:00 AM
Positive Response – John Christiansen, KorTerra and Jennifer Lee, Alabama 811

10:00 AM
How to Hire the Right Person, not the Best Person – Tammy Cunningham, Columbia Southern University

10:00 AM
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) For Gas Leak Detection– Ross Kenney, MircoDrone and Matt Rosenbalm, NEI – GIS TRACK

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

2:30 PM
Why Large Project Tickets Must be Part of the Law – Panel Discussion: Tracey Greenhill, Deviney Construction; Shane Clopton, Riviera Utilities; Mike Morgan, AT&T

2:30 PM
PHMSA Damage Prevention Overview and Update – Arthur Buff, PHMSA

2:30 PM
Show What’s Below – Augmented Reality for Utilities, – Mark Fiorita, Trimble – GIS TRACK 

3:30 PM
Expected Economic Growth in Alabama and Its Impact on Facility Resources and Construction Projects – 
David Cole – Senior VP Governmental Affairs, Business Council of Alabama
Michele Roth – Executive Director – Alabama Cable and Broadband Association

Tentative Sessions will be updated as the speaker/company are confirmed

8:00 AM
Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge – Matt Manning, Vivax-Metrotech

8:00 AM
Enforcement Provisions – A Deeper Look at the new Damage Prevention Enforcement – Bob Gardner, Spire and Wallace Jones, Alabama PSC – Dept. of Pipeline Safety

9:00 AM
Drone This – NEI

9:00 AM
Combining Resources to Build Public Awareness Programs – Mike Gentle, City of Madison Public Works

9:00 AM
From Reams of Paper to Location Intelligence– Chris Graff—Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of Auburn – GIS TRACK

10:00 AM
Dealing With Invoices for Utility Damages? What you Need to Know – Panel Discussion:  Facilitators—Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc. and Sean O’Daniel, PRG

10:00 AM
Working With the Railroad – How to Keep the Permitting Process on the Right Track – Norfolk Southern Railroad, CSX Railroad

10:00 AM
Beyond Locating – Acquiring and Using 811 Ticket Data for Location Intelligence– Matt Brown and Gavin Doss, Alabama 811 –  GIS TRACK

11:00 AM
What Else Needs Addressed in the Dig Law? – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

 

Tentative Sessions will be updated as the speaker/company are confirmed

 

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. 

Beyond Locating – Acquiring and Using 811 Ticket Data for Location Intelligence– Matt Brown, Alabama 811 – GIS TRACK
811 ticket data contains a wealth of untapped location information and is freely available. In this session you will learn how to acquire the data and how to access web services for real time data. You will also learn what is included in the data and how to use it in your GIS workflows.

CGA Update and Damage Report White Paper – Khrysanne Kerr, CGA
Find out about CGA’s first-ever White Paper: Data-Informed Insights and Recommendations for more Effective Excavator Outreach. Combining a range of data sources, including the 2017 DIRT Report, 2018 public awareness research, an analysis of call-before-you-dig awareness overlaid with DIRT data, an online excavator survey and excavator focus groups, and four key takeaways emerged that yielded data-supported recommendations for more effective excavator outreach.

Combining Resources to Build Public Awareness Programs – Mike Gentle, City of Madison Public Works and TBD, UCC Savannah, GA
Why march to your own drummer when we all are headed in the same direction? Learn from utilities who have banned together to build fun and effective education programs and public awareness activities to share the 811 and damage prevention message. 

Dealing with Invoices for Utility Damages? What you Need to Know – Panel Discussion: Facilitators—Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc. and Sean O’Daniel, PRG
Sometimes the only thing more frustrating than damaging a utility, is dealing with invoices for damages to utilities that you’re convinced you’re not responsible for. Attend this session to learn what your options are when you’ve hit that brick wall.
 

Drone This – NEI
Attend this session to learn the practical applications for all utilities. Need a survey? Need an accurate base map? Drones may very well be the solution.

Enforcement Provisions – A Deeper Look at the new Damage Prevention Enforcement – Bob Gardner, Spire and Wallace Jones, Alabama PSC – Dept of Pipeline Safety
For years there have been complaints that the Alabama law had no teeth for enforcement. Changes are on the horizon beginning in 2020 with a new enforcement process. Be the first to learn how the process is set up to work and what to expect. 

Expected Economic Growth in Alabama and Its Impact on Facility Resources and Construction Projects – David Cole, Senior VP Governmental Affairs, Alabama Business Council and Michele Roth, Executive Director, Alabama Cable and Broadband Association
What are the economic impacts from some of the new legislation passed related to the gas tax, the broadband bill and others. Experts on the outlook of the future projects that will be underway in Alabama will share their perspectives and insights on what to expect and where it may be happening. This session will help you get a heads up on being proactive in planning, accommodating and working with these growth areas.

From Reams of Paper to Location Intelligence– Chris Graff—Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of Auburn – GIS TRACK
In 2016 The City of Auburn undertook an integration of 811 ticket data with its Cityworks enterprise work order/asset management system in order to streamline location operations. Once completed, the rich and abundant data produced from the integration unexpectedly opened a treasure trove of intelligence which has been useful across the organization. This session will provide an overview of the integration process along with several interesting examples of how The City of Auburn uses data to make informed decisions.

How to Hire the Right Person, not the Best Person – TBD, Columbia Southern University
I need people now! Where can I find them? How do I know they will be a good fit? Learn about resources for finding quality employees and what to look for. 

Locating Underground Utilities – the challenge – Matt Manning, Vivax-Metrotech
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 – Arthur Buff, PHMSA
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 serious pipeline incidents are attributed to excavation damage. PHMSA’s intent is to encourage states to establish adequate excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs. 

Positive Response- John Christiansen, KorTerra and TBD, Alabama 811
Alabama’s underground damage prevention legislation will include a provision for positive response. A voluntary program has been underway for several months. Find out the various avenues available to both the facility owner and the excavator on how to interact and benefit from the positive response program.

Recent Legislative Changes to the Dig Law – Annette Reburn, Alabama 811
Legislation was passed during the 2019 session which has some major impacts on the current damage prevention program and enforcement actions. This overview will highlight these changes.

Show What’s Below – Augmented Reality for Utilities– Trimble – GIS TRACK
Augmented Reality is a hot topic in damage prevention. The ability to accurately display underground assets in the real world opens a world of new opportunities that are just beginning to be explored. This session will show how Trimble’s Site vision combines high accuracy GNSS and Virtual Reality to form real world 3D Augmented Reality that is changing how Utilities work.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) For Gas Leak Detection– Ross Kenney, MircoDrone and Matt Rosenbalm, NEI – GIS TRACK
This session will share results from a live test performed at Leak City in Athens, AL over the Summer of 2019 in which a Microdrones MD4-1000 drone equipped with a Pergam methane gas sensor was used to pinpoint where gas leaks were occurring and quantify the volume of gas present. There will also be an introduction to professional UAS usage including Rules and Regulations, Safety and Best Practices along with an overview of the Microdones Platform including capabilities, use cases, and available sensors.

What Else Needs Addressed in the Dig Law? – TBD
Attend this session an overview of the current law. Did we get it right? From what you encounter in the field, what should we have changed that we overlooked? What changes should we focus on next.

Why Large Project Tickets Must be Part of the Law – Panel Discussion: – Tracey Greenhill, Deviney Construction, TBD, Riviera Utilities Locator and Mike Morgan, AT&T
Large projects can be a nightmare in the damage prevention world.   How is the best way to organize a large project to minimize downtime and avoid facility damage? How do you define a large project? Is your idea of a large project the same as the person’s sitting beside you? Come hear perspectives from different stakeholders on the issues, the potential solutions and best practices moving forward. 

Working with the Railroad – How to Keep the Permitting Process on the Right Track – TBD, Norfolk Southern Railroad and TBD, CSX Railroad.
Find out the best way to work with the railroad companies and how to navigate the permitting process to make it the most effective for both you and the railroads