Conference Workshops

Immersive educational experiences to learn practical strategies and gain comprehensive knowledge from recognized industry experts. Workshops prices vary and pre-registration is required. Purchase a workshops as an enhancement to your Full Conference Registration or as a standalone experience. Workshop registration includes expo floor access.

Monday, March 22 & Tuesday, March 23


Engineering CEUs available

Monday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

While topics related to GPR are frequently addressed at industry specific events, there has never been a place where all GPR users can go to learn from each other. Bringing users together from a variety of industries and applications gives participants a pathway for accelerated learning opportunities and provide a forum for discussion on user-critical topics.

This global GPR event is focused on bringing together new and experienced users from both the academic and private sector to benefit the industry by providing a forum for open discussion and continuous learning through shared ideas and experience.

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Upgrade to Global GPR Congress + Global Excavation Safety Conference and SAVE $200 

Tuesday, March 23$255
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ron Peterson, Ron Peterson Consulting

This workshop focuses on the required elements of a successful damage investigation. Setting the stage for a valid root cause investigation and following standard investigative procedures are vital to an effective analysis of a damage. Topics covered include asset protection, revenue / loss recovery, ethics and other ingredients needed to perform accurate and timely root cause investigations.

Pre-registration required. Box lunch included.

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8:00 am – 12:00 PM
Dale Lesinski, DiVal Safety

Built upon the foundation of the “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” safety message, this workshop is an organized, planned, and proven method of improving a company’s safety culture. Most companies don’t have a lack of desire, dedication, or even funding to keep their employees safe.  What they often lack is a plan. This workshop addresses the ineffective approach that consists of sporadic events and a lack of consistency and commitment resulting in the “flavor of the day” safety effort that results in meager results. Let’s face it, we are Safety Marketers – we are attempting to influence our employees and drive them to want what we are offering, being safe both on and off the job, so they can continue to take care of their families and loved ones.

This workshop addresses:

  • Utilizing human nature and human emotion in the safety effort
  • Settings goals for your campaign and defining what success looks like
  • Establishing KPIs critical to campaign success
  • Employee engagement and participation
  • Increased employee morale
  • Employees making safety a personal value and watching out for one another
  • Leadership, management and especially front-line supervisor’s roles & responsibilities
  • How to create an organized plan for 12 – 24 months and beyond
  • Allow your employees to have input and take ownership in the campaign
  • A proven message that is personal for every employee
  • An introduction into the marketing approach to safety

Pre-registration required.


8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cross Bore Safety Association

Created to provide underground utility operators, contractors, and service providers guidance for minimizing utility conflicts due to cross bore strikes, this course covers a wide range of cross bore safety topics, from the evaluation of existing cross cores to regulatory requirements.

The increased use of trenchless excavation technologies has increased potential for cross bores. CBSA brought together locating services, manufacturers, utility owners, contractors, and industry consultants to create high quality standards, guidelines, and best practices for cross bore safety.

Who should attend?

  • Utility program managers for cross bore risk
  • Damage prevention managers
  • Construction project managers
  • Construction damage prevention/safety managers
  • Service provider managers for utility cross bore inspection projects
  • Regulators for rates and regulators for safety
  • Risk managers/liability insurance managers

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Register for the Advanced Course including FULL ACCESS to the Global Excavation Safety Conference and SAVE $100

Wednesday, March 24$295
10:00 am  – 5:00 pm
Troy De Souza, Sensors & Software

This full day training course meets the Nulca “Competencies for the GPR Technician” curriculum. The objective is to ensure that the user demonstrates knowledge, skill, and understanding in applying GPR safely and professionally to locate utilities. Topics include GPR theory, factors affecting target detection, how GPR compliments traditional EM locating, application of Line Scan and Grid Scans, hands-on equipment setup and data collection, data interpretation, and case studies.

Pre-registration required. Box lunch included.

Thursday, March 25$295
8:00 am  – 4:00 pm
Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

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 required. Box lunch included.

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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christopher Koch, ZoneOne Locating

Have you ever looked at someone locating and wondered what the heck is going on? Whether you are a locator, work with locating personnel, or are just curious about locating you will benefit from seeing and using the latest in locating technology as accurate locating is crucial to damage prevention. This workshop explores the principles of locating, the role locating plays in safe excavation, and includes hands-on use of equipment. With classroom training on locating basics and hands-on training, students will be able to experience using various pieces of equipment in different settings. Several locate equipment manufacturers will provide equipment and tips on how to get an accurate locate, including using ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Pre-registration required.