Utility Locator Training

Tuesday, September 17
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy, Instructor 
  • Who Should Attend? Not only is this skills training workshop a great introductory session and a valuable career building tool for the novice line locator, the workshop was designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros of the art of underground line locating and marking.
  • Classroom Training and Field Instruction: This two-fold training workshop begins with a live classroom training session with comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions, and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by a Hands On instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not so conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in efforts to build “equipment friendly” users of line detection equipment.
  • You may bring your own locating device or one will be provided.
  • Lunch will be on your own.

Damage Investigation Training

Tuesday, September 17
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Roger Cox, ACTS Now, Inc., Instructor 
  • OK, you’ve had a damage, now what? Whether you are the utility owner/operator, excavator or the locator of record; the one thing you’ll have in common now is a need for a quality damage investigation.
  • Just determining the facts about the damage is not enough. The objective of this workshop is to teach the participant how to conduct a quality damage investigation. If the investigation doesn’t determine clearly why the damage occurred, it is likely to reoccur. Additionally if the investigation itself is not clear, concise and complete, you are more likely to be responsible for damages and/or fines even if you were not responsible for the damage.
  • Attend this workshop and learn what makes a photograph a good photograph, learn the value of telling the story of the damage with sketches and photos and presenting your findings with credibility.
  • This workshop is for anyone who has ever been involved in a damaged utility line and tried to identify who was “at-fault” instead of gathering the facts.

Intro to QGIS

Tuesday, September 17
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Randal Hale, North River Geographic Systems Inc., Instructor
  • Learning new software can be intimidating, especially if you are used to a certain product that you have been using for years. This workshop will introduce you to QGIS 3.x, an alternative Open Source GIS software for viewing, editing, and managing spatial data in a wide variety of commonly used vector and raster formats. It is lightweight, flexible, and can be installed on Windows, MacOSX, and Linux. Best of all, most will find QGIS to be extremely affordable while still providing a growing list of features and functionality.
  • At the end of this workshop, you should have a good understanding of what QGIS consists of, pros and cons when using it, and feel informed to make your own decisions about how to incorporate QGIS into your project workflows.
  • This course has been vetted by the QGIS community and you will receive a certificate upon completion.
  • Veteran GIS professionals, new GIS users, and anyone in between will benefit from this class. Some prior knowledge/understanding/education in GIS is highly recommended.