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The Alternate Locate Provider (ALP) Program (expected to be available at the start of the 2024 digging season) is a new option for how locates can be delivered in Alberta.  Development of the program started almost 2 years ago, when shallow utility owners began workshopping a locate and marking standard . Asset owners knew that increasing the pool of locators authorized to locate their assets would be necessary to maintain the integrity of the damage prevention process.
As the calendar rolled over into another year, I had a chance to review USP’s activity in 2023 while we plan and gear up for new challenges in 2024. We will soon release a year-end report for stakeholders, and here are some of the highlights.
 
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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The ability to communicate with one another has evolved considerably over the last two decades but the desire to get our point across, whether we were sending smoke signals across mountain ranges or messages by carrier pigeon across greater distances, has always been there. 

 
RUST-OLEUM CANADA
First Alert Locating Ltd.
 
As we head into the dead of winter, some people could use a refresher on how to survive in emergency conditions during inclement weather. Some people — but we’re Canadians right?! We know all the usual tips and tricks (keep a first aid kit with winter survival gear in the car, wear layers, stock extra food/water in case of a power outage, etc.). But we already know all this, so let’s focus on some not-so-well-known tricks to make your winter as safe as it can be.
 
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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How do the various integrity personnel interact with one another: employees, contractors, consultants, and vendors? Each has data, experience, expertise, and opinions to contribute. How do these come together in making decisions?

 
Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.
 
  
Utility Safety Partners’ Damage Prevention legislation objective continues to move forward – and I have a favour to ask.

Concentric Public Affairs created a microsite dedicated to all things legislation, providing a fact sheet, backgrounder, narrated presentation of our legislative journey, and electronic version of the proposed legislation.
 
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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The holidays are done and gone, and we’re all back to the grind. Last year, we saw a pretty relaxed and mild winter (from a Contact Centre perspective — the weather was actually so cold that we fielded very few calls!), but in 2023-24 we’re seeing a yo-yo of a winter, with weather being extremely warm in December, to being devastatingly cold in January (and then back to warm again)! The Contact Centre has been buzzing along as a result, and we’re busy as Ds! (D…PAs that is). 

 
IVIS Construction Inc.
ASTEC Safety Inc.