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Session Descriptions2018-06-28T14:45:58-06:00

Plenary Sessions

Critical Learnings of Damage Prevention Legislation from Around the World

Thursday, 8:30 AM, Room A

Moderated by Scott Landes, CEO, Rhino Marking & Protection Systems/Infrastructure Resources, LLC

Panelists include:

  • Richard Broome, Managing Director, LinesearchbeforeUdig Limited – LSBUD
  • Andrew Healy, Business Development Manager, PelicanCorp
  • Khrysanne Kerr, Vice President of Communications, Common Ground Alliance
  • Dominic Puiu, General Manager, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Inc.
  • Mike Sullivan, President, Alberta One-Call Corporation

Panelists representing Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, and the UK talk about the positive and negative aspects of legislation in their respective countries. Attendees learn what items to focus on (or avoid) when looking at proposed legislation. The panel provides oversight on when their legislation started, the basics of what it does, and how they believe it has assisted in reducing damage.

C-Suite Panel: Taking National Damage Prevention into the Future

Tuesday, 8:30 AM, Room A

Moderated by Suzanne Jones, AADBYDS Chairman, Dial Before You Dig Australia

Panelists include:

  • Keven Allan, General Manager, Customer Contact, Telstra
  • Jim Carlson-Jones, Manager of Spatial Engineering, SA Water
  • Ross Larsen, Manager Infrastructure Protection, APA Group

C-Level executives from key national utilities discuss the future of ‘National Damage Prevention’ and take a look into the future.

National Infrastructure Damage & Injury Prevention Summit

Wednesday, 8:30 AM, Room A

Moderated by Stuart Burdack, CEO, Dial Before You Dig

Panelists include:

  • Steve Davies, CEO, Australian Pipelines & Gas Association
  • James Goode, Asset Management Program Coordinator, Water Services Association of Australia
  • Peter Lamont, Executive Director (Queensland), National Electrical & Communications Association
  • Darren Mills, Executive General Manager – Network Operations & Assistance, NBN Co

Leaders of key stakeholder associations across Australia will discuss trends and issues for their sector together with initiatives that could be implemented to reduce damages and improve worker and public safety in Australia. This summit provides an opportunity to share ideas and find ways to help each other improve safety. It also aims to identify future improvements that can be achieved through collaboration. This panel discussion among industry leaders allows audience participation through a 10-15 minute Q&A following discussion.

Stream 1: Damage Prevention

Accidental HDD Strikes on Buried Pipelines: How Big is the Issue and Can it be Prevented?

Wednesday, 10:00 AM, Room C

Ed GeorgeGeneral Manager Infrastructure & Safety, Tapex Group

HDD installations continue to increase in already congested urban environments. With no licensing or safety training required, the quality of HDD operators vary and 3rd party damages due to HDD installations are of increasing concern to asset owners. This presentation looks at the size and scope of the issue in the US, compares it to Australia and discusses possible solutions for drillers to identify and avoid buried pipelines as well as what gas utilities can do to prevent accidental strikes.

Damage Investigation Best Practices

Tuesday, 1:00 PM, Room C

Otre Moussa, Director, Otrem Engineering P/L
Ron Peterson, Independent Consultant, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC

Unfortunately, underground asset strikes occurs on a daily basis across Australia. The need to properly investigate the incident in a timely manner is critical for damage prevention and cost recovery. On a damage site, the investigation should be focus on the breach of the duty of care that resulted in the underground strike. The presenters discuss the best damage investigation techniques from Australia and the US and why they differ.

Effective Damage Prevention Education Programs from Around the World

Wednesday, 2:10 PM, Room C

Aaron Smith, Community Safety Manager, Energy Queensland
Mike Sullivan, President, Canadian Common Ground Alliance
Misty Wise Martin, Executive Director, South Carolina 811

This session will present a number of both local and international case studies highlighting successful safety and educational programs being run to enhance the damage prevention efforts of asset owners and those working around them.

The Focus is Always Safety: How Tandem & Telstra Collaborate on the Telstra Global HSE System

Tuesday, 10:00 AM, Room C

Brendan Callaghan, General Manager HSE Australian Operations, Telstra
Paul Donker, Executive General Manager – Health Safety & Environment, Tandem

Tandem & Telstra co-present the session showcasing the partnership and collaboration between the two organisations in rolling out Telstra new global HSE system. Tandem will also discuss a case study and what they have done to increase awareness and reduce risk while working near underground assets.

Gold Shovel Standard

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, Room C

Jemmie Wang, Partner, BizMetrix, LLC

Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving workforce and public safety and the integrity of buried infrastructure. Greater transparency among buried-asset operators, locators and excavators is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to increasingly safe working conditions and communities.

  • That which gets measured, can be managed.
  • Municipal engagement is critical to driving damages down.
  • Excavators and locators must have the right tools to succeed, and the incentive to embrace those tools.
  • Broad adoption of systematic Safety Management Systems is necessary to drive damages down.

Intelligent Machine Control

Tuesday, 2:10 PM, Room C

Aaron Marsh, National Technology Solution Expert Manager SmartConstruction, Komatsu

Construction machinery manufacturers must not only provide worksites with construction machinery equipped with the latest technology, but must also provide the systems to make maximum use of this construction machinery. From the point of view of the customer, we not only provide construction using ICT construction machinery, but also provide the solutions to issues in relation to following construction process, management and on-site daily data collection.

Safe 4 the Right Reason

Thursday, 10:00 AM, Room C

David Broadhurst, Founder and CEO, CodeSafe Solutions

The ability to effectively capture, transfer and retain tacit knowledge (worker know-how) is fundamental in increasing capability, reducing safety risks and preventing significant unbudgeted costs due to re-work. Safe 4 the Right Reasons is a holistic endeavour beyond compliance or even safety. It is about incorporating the right methodology and technology tools that intentionally captures worker experience, transfer it to the next generation and promotes increased quality, productivity and safety outcomes collectively.

Third Party Damage on Gas Distribution Networks in New Zealand

Tuesday, 11:00 AM, Room C

René D’Ath, Distribution Manager, First Gas

What type of TPD are we seeing within the distribution gas industry in NZ? How are TPDs being monitored, measured and reported? Are there common offenders? What can be done to reduce the number of strikes? How do statistics align against international benchmarking? These are questions we are dealing with in NZ as we take a proactive stance to reduce the number of events. This presentation discusses these questions and the actions being taken to meet one of the highest industry risks we face.

What Does CGA Do for the North American Damage Prevention Industry?

Wednesday, 11:00 AM, Room C

Khrysanne Kerr, Vice President of Communications, Common Ground Alliance

The Common Ground Alliance is the lead association protecting the US infrastructure and those who dig near it. With the first decade of the 811 era behind us, CGA is able to look back and determine how this major change in the way utilities are notified of someone’s intent to dig actually produced change in preventing damages to underground facilities.

Stream 2: Dial Before You Dig

An Increasing Concern: Third-Party Interference Damage on Buried Pipelines – An European Case Study

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Jean Rouvière, Business Development Manager, OVERPIPE

Encroachments on buried HP Gas pipelines represent 50% of accidents on pipelines worldwide. Third-party strike potential dramatically increases in urban environments and where third-party crossings occur.

APA Way to Stop Damage to Its Assets

Tuesday, 10:00 AM, Damage Prevention Theater

Lachlan MarshallLand Management Agent, APA Group 

Damage Prevention is more than just the DBYD Service. What is APA doing differently with its DBYD process and is it successful with limiting damage to its assets? What are the tools APA uses to further enhance the Damage Prevention message?

DBYD’s Best Public Awareness Programs: Promoting Safe Excavation in Australia

Thursday, 10:00 AM, Damage Prevention Theater

Moderated by Graeme Allan, Operations Manager, Dial Before You Dig

  • Joe Fiala, Manager Strategic Relations, Dial Before You Dig
  • Nigel March,  SA/NT State Manager, Dial Before You Dig
  • Paul Newman, General Manager, Dial Before You Dig
  • Dominic Puiu, General Manager, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Inc.
  • Justin Scotchbrook, State Manager, Dial Before You Dig WA

Ensuring Australians excavate safely is a daily priority for the Dial Before You Dig team. A panel of Dial Before Dig Managers will talk about the key efforts in this area – promoting the safe excavation message, local educational activities, the sharing of industry information, best practices and working alongside asset owners and other stakeholders. This session will cover many ways in which industry can be more active in excavation safety.

Essential First Step in Enhanced Tree Protection for Local Government

Wednesday, 2:10 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Joe Fiala, Manager Strategic Relations, Dial Before You Dig

Dial Before You Dig is a national community service that connects people involved in any type of excavation with asset owners in that area, using a fast and effective referral system. Do you know who is excavating near your tree assets? Are you taking all precautions to minimise damage and protect your trees from works?

IDR/SA Water Case Study

Tuesday, 11:00 AM, Damage Prevention Theater

Jim Carlson-Jones, Manager of Spatial Engineering, SA Water

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Melbourne University Research Project

Tuesday, 1:00 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Professor Danny Samson, Program Director, Masters of Enterprise and of Supply Chain Management, University of Melbourne
Dr. Niharika Garud, Lecturer & Research Fellow at Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne

Using extensive literature review, we propose a model on service quality improvements for the future of DBYD services in Australia. We discuss the perceived facilitators and hindrances to the service and we develop a testable model for understanding how different aspects of information provided by DBYD to their consumers are evaluated. We conducted a large survey of DBYD stakeholders recently, in which they were asked to value the various parameters of information provided to them, in order to avoid damage. We used a ‘willingness to pay’ concept, associated with factors such as timeliness of response, quality and accuracy. Findings show that these dimensions are indeed valued by many, and variously so across these dimensions of DBYD information.

One Call from Around the World: How do We Compare?

Wednesday, 10:00 AM, Damage Prevention Theater

Moderated by Duane Rodgers, CEO, PelicanCorp

Panelists include:

  • Richard Broome, Managing Director, LinesearchbeforeUdig Limited – LSBUD
  • Stuart Burdack, CEO, Dial Before You Dig
  • Mike Sullivan, President, Canadian Common Ground Alliance

International recap on how the One Call offerings across ANZ compare to rest of world. Suggested that we need a body created for an ‘International Damage Reporting Committee – IDRC’ to conduct a Global Damage Report – increasing the standardisation of International One Calls and what they offer to the Damage Prevention industry as a whole.

Successful Facilitation of Communication between Damage Prevention Stakeholders

Wednesday, 11:00 AM, Damage Prevention Theater

Andrew Healy, Business Development Manager, PelicanCorp
Duane Rodgers, CEO, PelicanCorp

What status do One Calls play in facilitating conversations and meetings between various stakeholder groups? Who should be included in discussions in shifting and understanding industry challenges. Should Locators, Constructors, Utilities and Municipalities work together?. What role does the One Call play, what is this forum? and how do we control the voices from the Industry.

Tracking Damages: North America vs Australia – How Can We Improve

Tuesday, 2:10 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Moderated by Stuart Burdack, CEO, Dial Before You Dig

Panelists include:

  • Graeme Allan, Operations Manager, Dial Before You Dig
  • Aaron Smith, Community Safety Manager, Energy Queensland
  • Mike Sullivan, President, Canadian Common Ground Alliance
  • Jemmie Wang, Partner, BizMetrix, LLC

In order to reduce damages and prevent injuries, you need to track the root cause and then build action plans to reduce these root causes. This session covers the US and Canadian DIRT reporting and Australia’s Program, IDRS. An international panel discusses the importance of collecting damage and injury prevention data and the benefits of analysing this information to reduce injury and damage to vital infrastructure and the communities that rely on this infrastructure. The panel also discusses what is working internationally and how Australian infrastructure companies can benefit from this international experience.

Stream 3: Utility Location

Achieving Standardisation and Quality through an Integrated Utility Mapping and Workforce System

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, Room B

Michael Pegam, CEO, Geolantis

For contractors, accurately pinpointing the location of buried assets is essential. Yet some operators still use manual or disjointed steps to document data in the field, leading to duplication, delays, work instruction not being followed, or unknown/unprovable spatial field accuracy. Based on real-world examples, this session presents workflows that help manage data collection, inspections and asset management and allow for optimal communication between stakeholders, consultants and employees.

DBYD Locator Certification Program: Improving the Quality of Locates in Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday, 11:00 AM, Room B

Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd
Paul Newman, General Manager, Dial Before You Dig
Robert Row, CEO, DBYD Certification Ltd

This session will highlight the DBYD Locator Certification Program, the long term objectives and the current status of the project to incorporate the New Zealand region into an ANZ based program, presenting the collaboration efforts to achieve standardisation across ANZ.

Dealing with and Locating Abandoned Facilities

Wednesday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd

Abandoned underground services can have a major impact on a civil project. The discovery of utilities no longer in active service and not officially located can lead to significant delays during excavation. As project crews are stood down while ownership and status of an unknown service is determined, the clock is ticking and the meter running. How should abandoned utilities be dealt with during design and pre-excavation location. When is an underground utility truly abandoned? What are the long-term implications of leaving abandoned services in the ground.

Future of Utility Location

Tuesday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Neil Costello, Executive Director, VAC Group
Ron Peterson, Independent Consultant, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC
Jemmie Wang, Partner, BizMetrix, LLC

Where is the future of utility location heading? Industry experts look forward as they discuss potential changes to all aspects of utility locating. Topics covered include equipment technology, mapping improvements and changes to the DBYD process. Join us and learn more about what we can expect to see over the next 25 years.

Gas Network Damage Prevention: Damage Prevention Showcase

Thursday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Darryl Powell, Pipeline Maintenance Supervisor, ATCO Gas Australia

ATCO Gas Australia has more than 14,000km of pipelines and 750,000 connection points. This presentation showcases an overall decrease in damages since 2008 and what ATCO believes this is attributable to.

Global Locator Summit – Utility Location: A Career of Choice

Wednesday, 3:30 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Moderated by Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd

Elle Archer, Director, Accurate Instruments (NZ) Ltd
Justin Bell, Owner, Sub Surface Detection & Leak Detection NZ
Tony Festa, Director, 1300 Locate Brisbane
Hennie Le Roux, Director, Subscan (Pty) Ltd
Ron Peterson, Independent Consultant, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC
Robert Row, CEO, DBYD Certification Ltd
Mike Sullivan, President, Canadian Common Ground Alliance

The number of infrastructure projects in the Oceania region is set to explode over the next decade, following similar international trends. With it will come an unprecedented demand for Utility Locators and specialists in allied fields such as sub-surface utility engineering and mapping (SUE/SUM). To meet that future demand we need to be thinking about building that capability from today. Join international panelists for a discussion on attracting and retaining the right people in our industry and how we need to offer school leavers and graduates career paths within utility location and the broader damage prevention industry.

How and Where to Use GPR to Improve Locates

Wednesday, 2:10 PM, Room B

Simon Ankor, Senior Trainer, Staking U Asia-Pacific

One of the most common questions we have from clients is around the use of Ground Penetrating Radar in the locating space. Is it worth having? Can you locate accurately? Are depths provided from GPR results reliable? This session will clarify the most pertinent aspects of GPR use, and expand beyond the basic use of GPR data in underground utility survey roles.

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)

Tuesday, 2:10 PM, Room B

Robert Theodore, Manager, Utilities – Construction Interface & Controls, Level Crossing Removal Authority

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is one of the first major infrastructure programs in Australia to establish a dedicated specialist utility team, within a government authority Body, to strategically manage and oversee utility assets relocation and protection. The Utilities Services Specialist Group (USSG) is involved from project inception, through design and construction – a single contact point for all matters utility-related. The Utility Services Hub, is a one-stop shop for utilities asset information, standards, negotiation, planning and expertise. It serves as a whole-of-program view allowing comprehensive utility asset and issues identification to be a catalyst for capturing utility agency requirements and incorporating these into project designs at the outset. This has revolutionised the way utility assets are managed in construction projects.

Locating the Unlocatable: Deep Non-Conductive Assets

Wednesday, 11:00 AM, Room B

Tony Festa, Director, 1300 Locate Brisbane

An increasing number of non-conductive services are being installed at previously unimaginable depths through non-traditional excavation methods. Finding these deep non-conductive utilities will pose significant challenges for Locators. The consequences of strikes on these deep assets could be major because repairs will be that much more difficult, and yet they still need to be reliably located. How can such assets be located and marked when they are often beyond the reach of traditional locate technology, and how do we explain to clients the increased costs of more complicated locating approaches.