Accidental HDD Strikes on Buried Pipelines: How Big is the Issue and Can it be Prevented?
Ed George, General 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.