Damage Prevention the Chicago Way

Jai Kalayil, Chicago Department of Transportation

Damage Prevention the Chicago Way

Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Infrastructure Management (DIM) is responsible for managing more than 4,000 miles of public streets in the city of Chicago. To support efficient and effective management of the public way, DIM developed a workflow that brought planning, permitting, one-call, and enforcement under one roof. In his ‘Damage Prevention the Chicago Way’ presentation, Jai Kalayil – CDOT Deputy Commissioner and architect of the integrated workflow – will explain how DIM built the workflow and how the workflow operates.

Attendees will learn how a holistic approach to public way oversight can prevent damage and drive cooperation between stakeholders, how to implement a similar system in their area of operations, and how to leverage technology to improve processes.

This presentation will be most interesting to excavators, one-call centers, public works departments, and utility owners, but all are encouraged to attend.

Date: Tuesday, March 1

Start Time:  12:30 pm

End Time:  1:15 pm

Track(s): Electric, Excavator, Oil & Gas, Water & Sewer, Telecom, Public Works


Jai Kalayil has over 20 years of combined experience in the Management of the Office of Underground Coordination (OUC), 811 Chicago/DIGGER (Chicago Utility Alert Network), One call law Enforcement and Project Coordination Office (PCO) and Construction Management of public way. Je has a proven ability to coordinate and manage the utility involvement of public and private construction projects and their permitting process.