2019 Excavation Safety Conference

March 26 - 28

Location: Tampa, Florida

1,671 Total Attendees

121 Exhibitors

75 Education Sessions

10 Vendor Outreach Sessions

4 Workshops

Take a peek at the Educational Sessions from 2019...

After the Storm: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael (Part 1)
Ruth Weintraub, Supervisor – Damage Prevention and Public Awareness
Dino Farruggio, Sr. Admin Envir Health & Safety, Damage Prevention, AT&T
Emilio F. Salabarria, Director Emergency Management & Business Continuity,
Tampa Electric Company
Mike McGuire, Division Manager Panama City, TECO Peoples Gas
Chris Phillips, Supervisor, USIC Locating Company
Lorenzo Jones, Supervisor Underground Damage Prevention, TECO Energy

After the Storm: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael (Part 2)
Ruth Weintraub, Weintraub, Supervisor – Damage Prevention and Public Awareness
Dino Farruggio, Sr. Admin Envir Health & Safety, Damage Prevention, AT&T
Emilio F. Salabarria, Director Emergency Management & Business Continuity, Tampa Electric Company
Mike McGuire, Division Manager Panama City, TECO Peoples Gas
Chris Phillips, Supervisor, USIC Locating Company
Lorenzo Jones, Supervisor Underground Damage Prevention, TECO Energy

Applying Augmented Reality to Prevent Excavation Damage
Alec Pestov, CEO, vGIS

Are You Prepared?
Michael Callan, President, EnergyEmergencies.com

ASCE/UESI Certification Program for SUE Field Technicians and One Call Utility Locators
John Campbell, Consulting Engineer, JPC Professional Solutions

Believe in Safety: Know the Risks of Short Cuts
Brandon Schroeder, President, Believe in Safety

Benefits of Pneumatic Soil Excavation within the Utility /Constructions Markets
Craig Schoen, National Sales Manager, AirSpade

Best Practices to Achieve Safer Excavations and Avoid Underground Dangers
Chapman Hancock, Product Manager, Vacuum Excavators, Ditch Witch

Board Member 101
Nancy Davis, Trainer and Facilitator, Owner, Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC

Board of Directors/Trustees 101: Role and Responsibilities
Nancy Davis, Trainer and Facilitator, Owner, Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC

Board Meetings: Making the Most Effective Use of Your Time
Nancy Davis, Trainer and Facilitator, Owner, Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC

Board Orientation
Nancy Davis, Trainer and Facilitator, Owner, Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC

Building Safe Designs: Design Locates & Markings, Roles, Responsibilities, Regulations
Mike Marrero, Director of Operations, USIC
Tracy Purcell, VP of Tier 1 Clients, USIC

Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story
Joe Tantarelli, Safety Consultant and Speaker, Safestart

Colorado’s SB 19-167: A Design Ticket with Meat on the Bones
James Anspach, James Anspach, PG(r), Dist. M.ASCE, Principal, Cardno
JD Maniscalco, CEO, Colorado 811

Cyber Security
Eugene Ng, Cyber Security Leader, MNP

Damage Investigation Best Practices: An Australian Perspective
Otre Moussa, Director, Otrem Engineering P/L

Damage Prevention and Public Awareness: The Perfect Game Plan
Maria Diaz, Supervisor, Damage Prevention & Safety Awareness, New Jersey Natural Gas

Data’s Relationship to a Successful Damage Prevention Program
Jeff Law, Vice President of Technical Services, KorTerra, Inc.

Distribution Public Awareness Council (DPAC) Natural Gas Distribution Safety Benchmarking
Lori Warner, Public Safety Coordinator, Xcel Energy
Bill Stephens, Manager Compliance, Codes & Standards, Black Hills Energy
Matt Miceli, Public Awareness Program Specialist, NiSource
Tracey Bryant, Manager, Public Awareness, Vectren
Courtney Jordt, Damage Prevention Specialist, PG&E

Dollar Bills & Legal Ills: Damage Investigation and Legal Implications
James Proszek, Shareholder, Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.
Anthony Jorgenson, Shareholder, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

DPIR: Performance Measurements for Damage Prevention
Rick Galyean, CEO, Gold Shovel Standard

Drain Tile Safety Campaign
Craig Potts, Public Awareness Coordinator, Marathon Pipe Line LLC

Effective Communication with Excavators
Tom Hall, Vice President of Business Development, KorTerra, Inc.

Electric Safety Summit
Cliff Meidl, Motivational Safety Speaker, Spokesperson and 811 Ambassador, Cliff Meidl Enterprises
Stephen Schafer, Manager, Joint Use & Cable Locating, FirstEnergy Utilities
Lorenzo Jones, Contract Coordinator, Tampa Electric Company (TECO)
Allen Bell, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power Company
Thomas Stutzman, Construction Manager, ComEd

Emerging Damage Professionals Roundtable Discussion
Sundara Ganeshan, Project Manager, Infrastructure Resources
Chris Sherrick, Product Manager, UTTO

Emerging Leaders Recap Discussion
Sundara Ganashan, Project Manager, Infrastructure Resources
Chris Sherrick, Product Manager, UTTO

Excavator Perspective Summit
Allen Gray, NC/SC Government Relations, Utility Division. Director, Carolinas AGC
Randy Douglas, President Tierra Contracting
Steve Brown, Executive Vice President / Line Div. Manger, State Utility Contractors
Stuart Buhrendorf, VP EHS & Risk, Hallen Construction Company

Excavator Public Awareness and Engagement
Christie Murray, the Outreach and Engagement Division, PHMSA
Sam Hall, Senior Program Manager, PHMSA

Fiber Optic Asset Protection Summit
Erin Hayes
Chapman Hancock, Product Manager, Vacuum Excavators, Ditch Witch
Kent Kildow, Director-Network Eng & Ops, Verizon
Ward Westphal, Operator Qualification/Quality Assurance Coordinator, MP Nexlevel
Juan Vogel, VP of Operations, Utiliquest

Geofencing: Creepy or Clever?
Lee Richards, Public Education & Outreach Manager, OHIO811
Dan Lucarelli, Director of Marketing and Education,
Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc
Spence Felsted, Public Relations Coordinator , Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Go Small or Go Home: Best Practices for Protecting Microduct and Microduct Fiber
Matt Brice, Product Sales Manager, Comstar Supply
Scott Wells, Director of Sales-Eastern US, Duraline

Going Beyond Meeting ASTM Standards and Occupational Qualification
Theresa Chavez, Director of Sales and Marketing, CartoPac

GPR Research, Training, and Implementation
James Anspach, PG(r), Dist. M.ASCE, Principal, Cardno
Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE, PWAM, CETF Professor, Civil
Engineering, Trenchless Technology Center, Louisiana Tech University

GPS Device on Excavator Uses Machine Learning to Allow Real-Time Damage Prevention Monitoring
Aaron Rezendez, Gas Engineer, R&D and Innovation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Hidden in Plain Sight: Putting the Wrap on Risks of Underground Electrical Vault and Manhole Events
Arun Mani, Principal, Power and Utilities US Lead, KPMG LLP – Strategy

How to Create Your Utility Safety Video: A Step-By-Step Outline
Seth Feist, Safety Specialist, CUSP, Avista Utilities
Dawn Donahoo, Public Safety Specialist, Avista Utilities

How to Measure and Improve the Effectiveness of Public Awareness Programs
Amrit Seegobin, Damage Prevention Specialist, Plains Midstream Canada
Adam DiPaula, Managing Partner, Sentis Research

Information Kaleidoscope: Building New Learning Environments for the Excavation Industry
Aimee Milks, Marketing/PR Manager, Dig Safely New York, Inc
Kevin Hopper, Executive Director, Dig Safely New York, Inc

Leading Practices for Cross Bores
Mark Bruce, President, Cross Bore Safety Association

LiDAR Analytics for Damage Prevention
Aaron Rezendez, Gas Engineer, R&D and Innovation,
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
San Gunawardana, CEO, Enview

Locating and Mapping 150-year-old Boston Facilities Using the Latest CloudBased Technologies
Michael Twohig, Twohig, Subsurface Utility Mapping
Michael Pegam, Managing Director, Geolantis GmbH

Locating Legacy Oil and Gas Wells with a UAV-based Atomic Magnetometer
Andrew Zorn, Senior Engineer, DiGioia Gray & Associates

Measure What Matters: New Metrics for Understanding & Preventing Third-Party Damages
Jemmie Wang, DIRT Report Lead & Founder, Biz Metrics
Deanna Centurion, Data Committee Co-Chair & President, Cyera Strategies

North Carolina Damages Analysis: Recommendations for Process Improvement
Louis Panzer, Executive Director, NC 811
Ahmed Bayati, Assistant Professor, Kimmel School of Construction Management, Western Carolina

One Call Stakeholder Summit
Mark Frost, Executive Director, JULIE, Inc.
Jim Holzer, Director of Marketing, One Call Concepts
Jai Kalayil, Supervising Engineer, City of Chicago
Bruce Campbell, CEO & Director of Marketing, Miss Dig System Inc.
John Lansford, Executive Director, Missouri One Call System, Inc.

Paying Attention Could Make All the Difference
Jim Willis, President, InDev Specialists, Inc.

PHMSA and State Overview of State Damage Prevention Law Changes
Annmarie Robertson, Senior Program Manager, PHMSA
J.D. Maniscalco, Executive Director, Colorado 811
John Lyons, Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Eric Swartley, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Damage Prevention Committee, UGI Utilities
Steven Giambrone, Pipeline Division Director, Office of Conservation, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

PHMSA Damage Prevention Updates
Sam Hall, Senior Program Manager, PHMSA
Annmarie Robertson, Senior Program Manager, PHMSA

Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit
Jason Montoya, Pipeline Safety Bureau Chief,
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Sam Johnson, President, MIssissippi 811
Annmarie Robertson, Sr. Program Manager, PHMSA

Power of Don’t: Communication and Leadership Excellence
John Brix, International Keynote Speaker

Practical Solutions for Collaboration: The Detroit Pilot
Bruce Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, MISS DIG 811
Nick Holly, VP Strategic Business Development, PelicanCorp One Call Inc.
Laura Arnold, Member Services Manager, MISS DIG 811

Preventing Electric Utility Damage
Kelley Heinz, Senior Claims Case Manager/Damage Prevention Manager, ComEd

Protect Our Rights-of-Way
Al Field, President, Utility Coordination Manager, Al Field and Associates, LLC

Rollout of the ASCE UESI Standard Guideline for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data
Philip Meis, Principal Engineer, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Safe 4 Culture Changer Program
Wylie Davidson, Motivational Speaker and Presenter, DiVal Safety Equipment

Safe 4 the Right Reasons
Wylie Davidson, Motivational Speaker and Presenter, DiVal Safety Equipment

Safety-First Culture: A Construction Accident Survivor’s Remarkable Journey
Cliff Meidl, Motivational Safety Speaker, Spokesperson and 811 Ambassador, Cliff Meidl Enterprises

Soil Gas Migration and Natural Gas Fires and Explosions
David Heldenbrand PE, CFI, Professional Engineer, Bison Engineering, Inc.

Subsurface Utility Engineering Association: How Does It Fit In?
John Berrettini, Vice President, Accurate Infrastructure Data, Inc.,
President, Subsurfact Utility Engineering Association

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) the Intersection of Survey, Geophysics and Engineering: Exploration of Common Ground
John Campbell, Consulting Engineer,
JPC Professional Solutions (Moderator)
Greg Jeffries, Regional SUE Manager – Texas, McKim & Creed
Lawrence Arcand, President, T2 Utility Engineers, Inc.
Philip Meis, Principal Engineer, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Sugarcane Farming and Pipelines: Safety in Florida’s Organic Soils
Frank Dowdle, Agricultural Safety Agent, Palm Beach County Extension Service

Turning Data into Knowledge: Visualize Your Data to Improve Decision Making
Dan Lucarelli, Director of Marketing and Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc

Underground Safety Summit: Private Utility Lines
Ron Peterson, Executive Director, Nulca
Mark Mason, President and CEO, Blood Hound, LLC
Tim Story, Principal Partner & COO at Safe Site Utility Services
Harley Hartman, Sr. VP of Operations, ELM Utility Services
Richard Fling, Utility Locator Product Manager, Subsite Electronics

Update on Revision of API RP 1162, Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators
Terri Larson, Principal, Larson Communications & Consulting
Deanna Centurion, Principal, Cyera Strategies
Tracey Bryant, Manager, Damage Prevention & PA, Vectren Energy Delivery
Christie Murray, Director of Program Development, PHMSA

Updating GIS with High Accuracy GPS During Routine Operations
Alicia Farag, President and CEO, Locusview

Use of 3D Mobile Mapping Systems for Utility Locating & Surveying in Travelways
Michael Twohig, Twohig, Subsurface Utility Mapping
Ron Lester, Senior Manager, Market Development, Sensors & Software
Brent Gelhar, CEO, Spatial Initiatives Consulting

Use of Predictive Analytics or Machine Learning to Prevent Damages
Tony Sileo, Vice President, Sales & Product Management, Opvantek
Thurman Smith, EVP, Utiliquest, LLC
Scott Brown, Damage Prevention Manager, Washington Gas Light Company
Ashley Donnini, Director, Center of Excellence, NiSource
Scot Runke, Gas Operations Manager, DTE Energy
Robert Terjesen, Vice President, National Grid

Using GIS to Streamline Damage Assessment and Recovery Operations
Carrie Jones, Senior GIS Analyst II, Department of Technology & Innovation, City of Tampa
Rolando Infante, GIS Analyst, Department of Technology & Innovation, City of Tampa
Mark Jolley, GISP, Department of Technology & Innovation, City of Tampa
Kerry Wright, GISP, Department of Technology & Innovation, City of Tampa

Utility Damage Prevention: Partnering on a Project-By-Project Basis
Wayne Jensen, Director of Safety, Stahl & Associates Insurance
Hoyt Lowder, Managing Member, HGB & Associates, LLC

Utility GIS Data Aggregation: It’s About Time (and Long Overdue)
Doug Estok, US Business Development Manager, OEC

Utility Owners and Record Data Security: More Harm than Good?
Matthew Wolf, President, ImpulseRadar US
Lawrence Arcand P. Eng, President, T2 Utility Engineers, Inc.
Carlo Pilia, Vice President of Utility Engineering, ECHO UES, Inc.

Violence in Your Workplace: Prevention & Response (Part 1)
Carol Dodgen, Owner, Dodgen Security Consulting, LLC

Violence in Your Workplace: Prevention & Response (Part 2)
Carol Dodgen, Owner, Dodgen Security Consulting, LLC

Walt’s War Stories
Walt Kelly, Excavation Damage Prevention Consultant

Water & Sewer Infrastructure Protection Summit
Mark Bruce, President, Cross Bore Safety Association
Anthony Headley, Vice President, Safety, West Valley Construction
Jerry Baker, Administrator of Damage Prevention, City Utilities of Springfield
Brian Sahm, Supervisor, Baltimore County Utilities Robert Edwards,
Water Operation Supervisor, Planning and Inspection, Citizens Energy Group

You the Jury: Trial of an Underground Utility Damage Claim
James Proszek, Shareholder, Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.
Anthony Jorgenson, Shareholder, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.
Walt Kelly, Excavation Damage Prevention Consultant,
Mark Pollick, Attorney, Mark Pollick, A Professional Corporation
Brian Tooley, Tooley, Damage Prevention Manager
Ron Peterson, President, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC