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PelicanCorp was proud to support the CCGA 2019 Damage Prevention Symposium
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It was great seeing everyone in Niagara Falls, Ontario at CCGA19! There is no better venue to connect with damage prevention industry professionals, exchange ideas and expand knowledge on the protection of essential infrastructure in Canada and beyond. Thanks to all who connected with our team during the 3-day event. Congratulations to the trip giveaway winner, Jason Kostiw of TC Energy heading to the 2020 CGA Expo in Palm Springs!  
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This is a signature event for the ORCGA, attracting more than 250 damage prevention management professionals and decision makers from across Ontario, including stakeholder groups from the oil and gas, telecommunications, emergency management, electrical transmission and surveyor industries, as well as municipalities and provincial regulators.
Meet with colleagues to exchange industry information, focus on public awareness initiatives for damage prevention and expand stakeholder knowledge on provincial efforts to protect essential infrastructure.
Info-Excavation vous invite à la 13e édition de son congrès annuel qui aura lieu à Trois-Rivières.
Le congrès est une activité de formation reconnue selon le Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des ingénieurs et par Emploi-Québec (règle du 1 %)
Au plaisir de vous voir lors de notre congrès !
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National News
Source: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
Blog post from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) on the importance of emergency preparedness and what was learned from two recent emergency response exercises.
Source: PBS News Hour |
A team of engineers at Stanford University used artificial intelligence and deep learning to locate solar panel installations in satellite images. The study uncovered patterns in where solar panels were installed and could lead to insight on where utility managers may set up smaller decentralized powergrids.
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The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) is an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) designed to capture data following reports of damage to buried facilities from excavation activities. DIRT allows industry stakeholders in Canada and the United States to submit data anonymously to a comprehensive database. The database is used to identify the characteristics, themes and contributing factors leading to damages. Such findings are summarized in an annual DIRT report.
This set of National Harmonized Best Practices 3.0 - 2018, which has been updated through the commitment and consensus of its members working together toward a safer Canada, is part of an ongoing effort to develop new damage prevention practices as well as improve existing ones. These practices represent a dynamic statement of the type of activities that CCGA believes would provide optimum levels of diligence towards preventing damage to underground infrastructure.
L’Outil de rapport sur les dommages aux infrastructures (ORDI) a été développé par le Common Ground Alliance (CGA). Il a été conçu afin d’enregistrer les données provenant des rapports de bris des infrastructures souterraines lors de travaux d’excavation. ORDI permet aux intervenants de l’industrie de l’excavation du Canada et des États- Unis d’entrer leurs données de manière anonyme dans une base de données détaillée. La base de données est utilisée afin de déterminer les caractéristiques, les causes et les facteurs contributifs entraînant les bris. Les conclusions sont résumées dans le rapport annuel ORDI.
La version 3.0 du Guide national des pratiques d’excellence harmonisées 2018 a été mise à jour grâce à l’engagement et au consensus des membres du CCGA qui ont su travailler ensemble afin d’améliorer la sécurité au Canada. Les efforts déployés ont servi à la création de nouvelles pratiques et à l’amélioration de celles déjà en place. Les pratiques d’excellence du CCGA représentent une description dynamique du type d’activités qui, selon le CCGA, pourrait offrir le niveau de rigueur optimal en prévention des dommages aux infrastructures souterraines.
Regional Partners

Source: Before You Dig Partners 

The cutover for the new one-call software in Western Canada is fast approaching on January 11, 2019

Before You Dig Partners extended the testing period for the new one-call software after delays shortened the time-frame for members and users to get involved in software testing. The testing period was extended by five weeks, and cutover was pushed back until after the holiday season.


Source: BCCGA | 

The network of asbestos-containing pipes in B.C. is aging or failing. As a result, it is being replaced over time. Municipalities, contractors working on municipal projects and other employers have responsibilities for the safe handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. This information sheet outlines the potential hazards and explains the existing regulations and required procedures for removing asbestos-containing pipes.


Source: Ontario Common Ground Alliance |

The ORCGA has extended the deadline for accepting papers for the 2019 ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium, February 13-15, 2019 at Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON.

You are invited to demonstrate your company’s innovations and expertise in front of the damage prevention and buried infrastructure industries at the ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium.

The deadline for submissions is now January 15, 2019.


Source: Alberta Common Ground Alliance  | 

Damage prevention legislation has been tabled in the Alberta Legislature and subsequently referred to committee. Bill 211, the Alberta Underground Infrastructure Notification System Consultation Act, would begin a consultation process with provincial stakeholders to develop recommendations for future damage prevention legislation in the province.


Source: Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance | 

To celebrate 30 years of contractor breakfasts in Saskachewan, the SCGA will be hosting breakfasts at even more venues in 2019. The SCGA is anticipating a record number of attendees next year and has added a sign-up form on their website for subscribers to be notified when registration opens. 

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