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
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 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.

GIS Training Tracking & Traceability

Tuesday, September 17
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mark Fiorita, Trimble, Instructor
  • This workshop will cover:
  • What is Tracking & Traceability and why is it so important?
  • What are the tools that would be used and why?
  • GPS & data collection software
  • GPS is GPS right? They are all the same right?
  • Geographic Information Systems.
  • What are the challenges associated with Tracking & Traceability?
  • If it is not a rule, or enforced compliance, why are we talking about it?
  • Who has initiatives to evaluate and pilot Tracking & Traceability solutions?
  • Audience participation & open discussion on what is being done
  • Does it apply to contractors, too?
  • Best practices for implementing a Tracking & Traceability program.
  • About the Instructor:
  • Mark has close to 20 years of experience in the utility and geospatial industries specializing in GPS data collection and the inventory of utility assets, GIS, facilitating the use of digital design and digital as-built technologies with utilities, and defining workflow efficiencies. He has worked for software companies, service providers, and geospatial organizations holding positions in project management, training, support, and sales. Throughout his career, he has worked on or been involved in projects all over North America. He spent 10 years in the GPS data collection space where he developed standard collection practices, QA/QC measures, and implemented training programs. The past 10 years with Trimble Mark has concentrated on enterprise and key accounts for utilities with a focus in natural gas. With a hands-on leadership style, Mark has OQ certifications in five different capacities: Joining Polyethylene, Leak Investigation – Reported Gas Leaks and Odors in Buildings, Cathodic Protection/Corrosion, Natural Gas Fire School, and Underground Locates.