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Spring has sprung…sort of. Snow has melted, then fallen again, then melted again, then fallen again, in an endless cycle until excavators and homeowners alike throw their hands up in exasperation and collectively decide to just start digging!
As the snow melts, homeowners start to think about outdoor yard projects. We happily stare out the window envisioning the new deck, garden, gazebo, fence, play structure and firepits. Maybe the old tree needs to be replaced with a younger, greener model? Spring is a time for endless possibilities, and we start watching YouTube and DIY channels then head in droves to the local Home Depot or Canadian Tire to buy tools and materials to create our perfect home oasis.
Given the proliferation of QR Codes, I recently developed the ClickBeforeYouDig QR Code and strongly suggest it be incorporated in all damage prevention awareness programs and promotional documentation. It has been provided to the CSA Group with a suggestion to incorporate it into CSA Z662 – the Safe Design, Construction & Maintenance of Pipeline Systems, and CSA Z247 – Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, and to the Canadian Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee. 

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Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program
Locate Management Institute®
LMI’s Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program adheres to CAPULC’s 3-step competency cycle and includes:
  • 8-hour online knowledge course
  • 16-hour (2-day) field training delivered by “Certified Locator” instructors
  • Underground Facility Locator Field Task Competency Manual
Learn about electromagnetic theory, active, passive, advanced and unconventional locating methods. Understand how to overcome obstacles and how to apply troubleshooting techniques.
Calgary – February 20-21
Winnipeg – March 4-5
Regina – March 7-8
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“I was brought up in a business world, and I always believed that if you say you're going to do something, you do it,” says Chad. “And I had no idea how to do it. But we work through that and I've got an amazing team now that has helped me.”

First Alert Locating Ltd.
Inspired by sidewalk and road chalk art, TC Energy’s 2023 DigSafe Month display at their headquarters in Calgary, Alberta is a one-of-a-kind. The three-dimensional-looking display draws attention to digging hazards and engages onlookers to take a brief safe digging survey via a QR code.
Alberta One Call offers Enhanced Ticket Services!
PelicanCorp Canada®
Alberta One Call is offering an Enhanced Ticket Service to its members. In a partnership with PelicanCorp this service helps reduce time and costs associated with responding to incoming requests for locates. The incoming requests are screened, evaluated and forwarded automatically. This enhanced process can automatically warn of excavations around critical infrastructure and send out notices on permit requirements or special environmental conditions.
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Did you know Utility Safety Partners is the registered owner of the ClickBeforeYouDig trademark in Canada and the United States? USP also hosts and maintains the website. We audit all links quarterly and update as necessary but if you notice a broken link, please email and we'll repair it right away.

Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.
On March 28 and 29, 225 people from across Alberta attended Utility Safety Partners' first Unified Safety Conference in the City of Red Deer! A sincere thank you to Utility Safety Partners' Education & Awareness Committee for its hard work to bring the first conference under the USP banner to life. It was wonderful to see our own Kassi Zaba recognized for her hard work and leadership bringing the conference together when she was made an honorary Keeper of the Grey Cup by Mr. Jeff McWhinney — the Official Keeper of the Cup! 
Your Damage Prevention Training Partner
Global Training Centre®
Global, the Leader in Ground Disturbance Training since 1989. Qualified licensees across Canada, your training provider approved for Ground Disturbance 201 in Classroom, Online, and Virtual delivery.  When working around underground infrastructure having trained and competent workers is a must! Global trains in the delivery method of choice, our classrooms or yours, Instructor Led, online, or virtually, to the level you require (Awareness – Supervisory).  Your Training – Your Choice!
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On April 3, USP’s Safety Ambassadors hit the road, ready to spread awareness about utility safety and the damage prevention process. We welcomed three new ambassadors to the team this year and expanded into the Central Alberta and Grande Prairie regions. Each ambassador brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and is a great in-the-field resource for anyone working near underground or overhead utilities.

IVIS Construction Inc.
ASTEC Safety Inc.