Know What's Below
DamageAccess: Cloud Based Reporting Service
PelicanCorp Canada
DamageAccess is an online tool that allows utilities and contractors to report both damages to underground utility facilities and violations of safe excavating practices that did not result in asset damage. It eliminates all manual handling of damage reports achieving greater accuracy in reporting to Public Utilities Regulatory Authorities, increasing efficiencies and improving visibility across all incidents.
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Upcoming Events

Year after year, the Excavation Safety Conference & Expo has attracted delagates from around the world, which has helped them develop meaningful discussion on damage prevention and safe excavation best practices, and to share ideas and learning from experts worldwide. In order to better represent the people and organizations, both domestic and international, that are involved in this major industry event, the conference is changing its name in 2021 to the Global Excavation Safety Conference.

The 2021 Global Excavation Safety Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Convention Center from March 23 to 25.

The 2020 ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium will be held February 11 to 13 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.


The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the event and take home information to help your business.

Shutdowns Turnarounds Superconference
December 10–11
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Landscape Ontario Congress
January 7–9
Toronto Congress Centre
Toronto, Ontario

ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
February 11–13
Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, Ontario

Congres de Info-Excavation
February 19–21
Lévis Convention Centre
Lévis, Quebec

Canadian Gas Association Operations, Engineering and Integrity Conference
February 24–27
Hyatt Regency
Calgary, Alberta

The Construction Expo
March 6–7
Cloverdale Exhibition Ground
Surrey, BC

CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
March 24–26
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, California

Canadian Gas Dialogues
April 1
Calgary Petroleum Club
Calgary, Alberta

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National News

Source: Global News |

One person has died after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta.

Source: CBC News |

More oil and gas wells will be decommissioned in Alberta this year than new wells drilled.

Source:  Financial Post |

The Logic, an outlet covering the innovation economy, has learned that the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) considered creating a public utility to lower internet prices for consumers and compete with Bell, Rogers and Telus. The CIB also talked about fundamental changes to telecommunications infrastructure regulations so what one company builds would have to be shared with all other firms.

Source: Canadian Infrastructure Report Card |

The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card shows that a significant amount of public infrastructure in Canada is aging and in poor condition, reinforcing the urgent need for long-term investments in infrastructure renewal.

Source: National Research Council Canada |

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has launched a public review of proposed changes to the National Building Code, the National Fire Code and the National Plumbing Code. The national public review will run from October 22, 2019 to December 23, 2019.

De: Bulletin de rendement des infrastructures canadiennes |

Le Bulletin de rendement des infrastructures canadiennes de 2019 montre qu’un nombre considérable d’infrastructures publiques canadiennes sont vieillissantes et en mauvais état, ce qui renforce la demande pressante pour que des investissements à long terme soient consentis pour leur renouvellement afin de répondre aux besoins des Canadiens.

De: Conseil national de recherches Canada |

La Commission canadienne des codes du bâtiment et de prévention des incendies (CCCBPI) a lancé un examen public des modifications proposées aux Code national du bâtiment, Code national de prévention des incendies et Code national de la plomberie. Le présent examen public national se déroulera du 22 octobre 2019 au 23 décembre 2019.

40 years as Canada's Premier Utility Contractor
Since 1978, we've delivered projects safely, on time and on budget. Valard has full-service capabilities for transmission, distribution, substations, foundations, telecommunications and renewable energy. In addition, Valard is head of the Valard Group of Companies, and part of the Quanta Group, the largest electrical power contractor in North America. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to take on any utility project, any size, any complexity, any place.
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Association News

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy New Year!

Le Canadian Common Ground Alliance vous souhaitent un joyeux temps des fêtes et une bonne année en toute sécurité !

The 2018 DIRT Report estimates damage to buried utilities continues to cost Canada at least $1 billion every year.

Le rapport ORDI 2018 estime que les dommages causés aux infrastructures souterraines continuent de coûter au Canada au moins un milliard de dollars par année.

Regional Partners

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has released an update to the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta. The changes align it with the Business Rules Alignment Group (BRAG) document, which standardizes business rules for the provision and use of notification services in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


The deadline for submissions for the ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium has been extended to December 13, 2019.

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