Vendor Education

Vendor Outreach Sessions

Presented by vendors, these 45-minute  sessions showcase the solutions and services our exhibitors and sponsors offer the damage prevention community.  Presented in a classroom setting Tuesday morning, these sessions are open to all registration types.

Tuesday, March 1 – 10:00 am
Room 101B

Write it Down!  Processes and Benefits of Collecting “Locate Data”
Presenter: AJ Clark, Locate Manager, Badger Daylighting

Recent technological advances have made it easier to collect geospatial data related to locating utilities.   This educational presentation will discuss ways locate data can be collected and key benefits realized by collecting, storing, and sharing it.

Tuesday, March 1 – 9:00 AM
Room 101B

The Future for the Subsurface Utility Industry is AR
Matthew Wolf, Impulse Radar

The adoption of Augmented Reality in the utility industry is evolving on multiple fronts.  The capacity to transpose digital data of buried assets into visualizations in the field on a mobile or other device adds tremendous value from both a safety and design/project management perspective.  It is important that a quality level also be ascribed to this information so that there is no confusion as to the level of certainty of the AR visualization.  As it is with any printed or digital drawing the information is only as good as its certainty.  The future is AR and this tech will redefine the subsurface utility industry for all stakeholders. 

Tuesday, March 1 – 9:00 AM
Room 102A

Preventing Damages Using Augmented Reality
Presenter:  Anand Nukala, Director of Product Management, Irth Solutions

New advancements in technology have allowed Augmented Reality (AR) to come very far in recent years. In this session, see how some of the most recent innovations have made locate activities more efficient by letting you see where assets are before any digging takes place.

Tuesday, March 1 – 10:00 AM
Room 101C

Optimizing Your Locate System
Presenter: Chris Thome

All dielectric buried facilities must use some type of system to make them locatable, but not all systems are created equally.  According to the 2020 DIRT Report almost a quarter of all damages are due to Locating Practices which includes inaccurate locates due to abandoned facilities, unlocatable facilities and locator error.  An effective and efficient locate system will reduce the chances of these damages occurring while reducing the amount of time technicians spend on each ticket.

An optimized locate system includes durable and easy to find test stations with hardware the allows for easy isolation.  A grounding system is essential for both protection of tracer wire as well as enabling the use of low frequency to improve accuracy and avoid bleed off of signal. Lastly, without a highly durable conductor that will last the life of the facility, the system cannot work at all.

Join us to discuss ways to upgrade existing locate systems and design the optimal system for new installations.

Tuesday, March 1 – 10:00 am
Room 102A

The Locate Tech – Most Overlooked Asset in the 811 Process
Presenters: Alan Haddy and Annie Burns

Technology and humans are the most critically overlooked assets in the damage prevention process. How to elevate support and protect them.

Tuesday, March 1 – 10:00 am
Room 102B

Reducing Damages and Saving Lives
Presenter: Scott Landes, CEO, Infrastructure Resources

Education and communication are key to keeping people safe and reducing damages. Learn about  free tools and educational opportunities you can access through Infrastructure Resources.

Vendor Networking & Tech Talks

Held in exhibit hall courtyards during expo hours, these 30-minute sessions allow exhibitors to have interactive discussions with attendees.

Wednesday, March 2, 9:30 am – Arizona 811 Courtyard

Increasing 811 Awareness through NASCAR Entitlement
Presenters: Brice Box, Kinder Morgan & Alejandra Ocano-Gonzalez, Arizona

In early 2021, Arizona 811 had the opportunity to partner with NASCAR as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race on March 13 at Phoenix Raceway.  This tech talk will provide more details about the overwhelming media exposure received for the “Call 811 Before You Dig 200 Presented by Arizona 811”.  The speakers will also share more information about the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series “Call 811 Before You Dig 250 Powered by”, which several 811 centers and other stakeholders have partnered to sponsor on April 8, 2022 (during National Safe Digging Month) at Martinsville Speedway (VA). 

Wednesday, March 2, 11:00 AM – FNCA Courtyard

FNCA – Evolution of the One-Call System
Bruce Campbell, MISS DIG 811
Roger Lipscomb, OUPS/OH 811
Susan Bohl, OKIE 811
Bill Kiger, PA 811
James Wingate, USA North 811

So, if you are asking, “What is FNCA and why do we need another industry association?” Well, if you want to learn more, you’ll have to stop by, and we will fill you in. Don’t be the only one left in the dark.

Thursday, March 3, 8:30 am – FNCA Courtyard

The Role of the 811 Notification Center in Impacting Legislation & Education
Bruce Campbell, CEO, MISS DIG 811
Mark Frost, Executive Director, JULIE 811
Bill Kiger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania 811
Mike Sullivan, President, Utility Safety Partners

Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 am – FNCA Courtyard

Hot Topics in Damage Prevention
Presenter: Scott Landes – CEO & Visionary, Infrastructure Resources

Saving Lives through Education
Learn about the different damage prevention hot topics from Excavation Safety Alliance’s 2022 Town Hall series. ESA is the virtual hub for education, discovery, and open discussion. All 2022 virtual Town Halls are free to attend!

Wednesday, March 2, 9:30 am – PelicanCorp Courtyard

How Technology Can Address Current Trends and Future Needs of Damage Prevention

Presenters: Thomas Young & Jason Manning, PelicanCorp

Thomas Young and Jason Manning of PelicanCorp cover trending topics surrounding the latest technologies that have the power to improve and support damage prevention efforts.

Wednesday, March 2, 10:30 am – PelicanCorp Courtyard

Are Your Locators Coming Back Empty Handed?
Presenters: Thomas Young, PelicanCorp & 
Michael Pegam, PelicanCorp

Stop spending money and start creating value. How information and digital accuracy increases revenue and improves efficiency.

Thursday, March 3, 8:00 am – PelicanCorp Courtyard

How Utilities Can Win Big by Adopting White Lining
Presenter: Jason Manning, PelicanCorp

The biggest mistakes that result in lost opportunities and the hidden benefits of EWL for one call members.

Wednesday, March 2, 11:00 am – AZ 811 Courtyard

Field Services Productivity Suite & Cloud Solutions
Presenter: Michaela Rener, Client Engagement Specialist

Talygen is your one-stop shop to successfully run your business. Our field service management software can assist you in scheduling and dispatching your technicians to their job sites. You can also send invoices, register service calls, and track field operations from any device. Talygen also includes asset management and ticketing modules to further assist in your customer service operations. Check out our presentation to learn more about what Talygen can offer your company!

New Product Forums

Designed to give damage prevention stakeholders an introduction to the latest equipment and technology, the New Product Forum is presented in a rapid-fire format that offers a look at new products and services released within the past year.  Held in the USIC Damage Prevention Theater.

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

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Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 pm – USIC Damage Prevention Theater

Outdoor Demo Fair & Picnic Lunch

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Enjoy your lunch outdoors Thursday afternoon as vendors demonstrate equipment and provide hands-on experience with the latest tools in the industry.

12:30 – 2:00 (meet at the event registration counter at 12:30)

Bob Nighswonger
President & CEO, Utility Training Academy

Bob will lead a hands-on demonstration with a variety of electromagnetic locator and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) manufacturers.  These manufacturers will be demonstrating their equipment around the convention center grounds and in many cases you will have an opportunity to try out the equipment for yourself.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to see, feel, and use the latest equipment.