Global ESC Education

Sessions, Workshops, & Summits

Educational sessions are offered by professional speakers and industry experts who share their time and experience to increase industry knowledge on damage prevention, public awareness, and other related topics. In addition, interactive industry-focused summits impanel industry leaders to address major issues and explore potential solutions. Conference registration required to participate in all education sessions and summits. 

Conference Sessions

Workshops at Global ESC

Damage Investigation with an Expert Witness w/ Ron Peterson ($255)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Damages to underground assets occur regularly. Every company needs a policy ensuring everyone in the field can properly conduct a field incident investigation, in a timely manner, for cost recovery. As an expert witness, Ron Peterson will focus on the required elements of a successful damage investigation, by helping you set the stage to determining a valid root cause investigation by following standard investigative procedures vital to an effective analysis of damage. Learn how to protect your company through proper documentation of damage incidents through photographic, interview, and investigative procedures.

Ron will break the individual components of a quality root cause investigation into easily digestible segments.

Pre-registration is required. Box lunch is not included.

Utility Locator Skills Enhancement w/ Bob Nighswonger ($395)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST

Not only is this skills training workshop a great introductory session and a valuable career-building tool for the novice locator, the workshop was designed to challenge and expand the knowledge base of even the most seasoned of pros on the art of underground line locating and marking.

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 hands-on instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not-so-conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants. 

This workshop is approved for 6-8 Continuing Educational Hours or Training Credits for Water Operator Certification renewals in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The workshop is approved for 8 contact hours for CWEA certificate holders for credit toward the continuing education requirement for re-certification.
Pre-registration is required. Box lunch included in cost.

What Will They Say About You? w/ Wylie Davidson & Amy Davis ($255)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Dig deeper into exploring the core values of how to effectively leave a lasting legacy. Leaving a legacy is something we all have in common, good or bad, and it’s how we use the tools provided for us that allow us the ability to rise or fall.

Pre-registration is required. Box lunch is not included.

Combining Electromagnetic Locators, Magnetic Locators and GPR for a Complete Locate w/ Troy De Souza ($195)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Meeting NULCA “competencies for the GPR Technician” curriculum, course objetives require user to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and an understanding of GPR use. Topics include GPR theory, factors affective target detection, how GPR complements traditional EM locating, application of Line Scan and Grid Scan, hands-on equipment setup and data collection, data interpretation, and case studies.

Pre-registration is required. Box lunch is not included.

Education Session Endorsers

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Session Tracks

With 80+ Conference sessions developed and presented by industry experts, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which topics best fit your individual educational needs. To help you determine the best fit, our sessions are categorized based on industry. We recognize the value of cross-discipline training and Full Conference delegates are always welcome to attend any session. Use the Education Table above to filter for session tracks that apply to you. Select one or more and the table will show you all sessions that apply. 

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Global ESC Summits

Electric Safety Summit: What Are the Best Practices for Preventing Damage to Electric Cables Above and Below Ground? 

Sponsored by

Moderator: Cliff Meidl, Cliff Meidl Enterprises
Glen “Cookie” Cook, Energy Queensland
Kelley Heinz, ComEd
Brandy Kitchel, Georgia Power / Georgia 811 Board
Lisa McKnight, City of Lawrenceville

Fiber Optic Asset Protection Summit

Sponsored by

Moderator: Chris McDermott, AT&T
Shane Bryan, Ritter Communications
George Kemp, MetroNet
Andrea Stainback, Lumen

Notification Center Summit: What Makes a One Call Law Fair and Effective?

Sponsored by

Moderator: Bruce Campbell, MISS DIG 811/FNCA
Susan Bohl, OKIE811
Sandy Holmes, AZ811
John Sparks, Texas811
Mike Sullivan, Utility Safety Partners

Water & Sewer Infrastructure Protection Summit

Sponsored by

Moderator: John Neilson, Waterworks District #1-DeSoto Parish
Dan Bigman, Bigman Geophysical
Robert Edwards, Citizens Energy Group
Jay Hemley, City of Tacoma
Rick Vincent, City of Tampa

Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit

Sponsored by

Moderator: Kesley Tweed, PAPA
Tina Beach, CHS
Scotty Davis, Colonial Pipeline
Jim Francis, ENTRUST Solutions
Tim Teel, Summit

Excavator Perspective Summit

Sponsored by

Moderator: Jerry Hoover, Badger Daylighting

Global Locate Summit

Sponsored by


Moderator: Ron Peterson, Ron Peterson Consulting
Randy Bern, Vannguard Utility Partners, Inc.
Hannibal Dennis, Vannguard Utility Partners, Inc.
Jess Miller, Northern Lights Locating
Matthew Wolf, ImpulseRadar

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