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DamageAccess: Cloud Based Reporting Service
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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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Regional Partners

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) are seeking to hire a contract communications advisor.

The communications advisor works with the ABCGA executive director and the marketing and education committee to develop content for their website, newsletter and social media platforms.

If you or someone you know may be interested in the position, you can learn more about the role on their website.


Before You Dig Partners will be hosting a weekly webinar series to review the locate submission process and help excavators address any issues or hurdles they have encountered while requesting tickets through the online portal.

These webinars will be held each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. mountain time from Jan. 16, 2020, until Feb. 27, 2020. They are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend (to a maximum of 500 users per session). Additional sessions may be added depending on public interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please click here to sign up for your preferred session(s):


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Whether you are a professional excavator or a homeowner, if you are planning to disturb the ground, several critical steps must be followed to ensure safe digging. Hand exposure is one of these steps.

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Locates are ground markers for utility lines labelled on excavation sites and are outlined by associated documentation. They are colour-coded and correspond to the utilities they contain.

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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In the United States, California stands out as the top agricultural producer, with 77,500 farms in 56 of its 58 counties. But like in many other states, only a handful of farmers use the free Call Before You Dig service. The newly-formed California Dig Safe Board is looking to increase those numbers through new safety regulations.

Source: Financial

The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected several First Nations' claims that federal officials did not properly consult with them on the Trans Mountain pipeline. This eliminates the final major barrier that has prevented the project from moving forward. 

Source: Canada Energy

The Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator (Commission) will hold detailed route hearings for landowners along the path of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These hearings are the first since regulatory processes on the project resumed in July of 2019.

Source: Natural Resources

Natural Resources Canada announced a $2.7-million investment to build 54 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations across central and Western Canada. This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast charging network for EVs; to establish natural gas stations along key roads and highways and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

Source: Infrastructure

Infrastructure Canada has announced funding to build a solar energy farm and storage facility in Summerside. The project involves the construction of a new 21-megawatt solar farm and a battery storage facility. This renewable energy source will improve the energy efficiency of the City of Summerside. The project will allow the city to meet 62 per cent of its electricity needs through renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 21,000 tonnes per year.

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La Commission de la Régie de l’énergie du Canada tiendra des audiences sur le tracé détaillé à l’intention des propriétaires de terrains le long du tracé du projet d’agrandissement du réseau Trans Mountain. Il s’agira des premières audiences depuis que les processus réglementaires relatifs au projet ont repris en juillet 2019.

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Ressources naturelles du Canada a annoncé un investissement de 2,7 millions de dollars dans la construction de 54 bornes de recharge rapide pour véhicules électriques près de magasins Canadian Tire du centre et de l’ouest du pays. Le financement fédéral fait partie de l’enveloppe de 182,5 millions de dollars que le gouvernement du Canada a allouée au déploiement d’un réseau pancanadien de bornes de recharge rapide pour véhicules électriques, à l’installation de stations de gaz naturel le long des principales routes et autoroutes, à l’aménagement de stations à hydrogène dans des centres métropolitains.

De: Infrastructure

Infrastructure Canada a annoncé le financement de la construction d’une centrale solaire et d’une installation de stockage d’énergie sur batteries à Summerside. Le projet consiste en la construction d’une nouvelle centrale solaire et d’une installation de stockage d’énergie sur batteries de 21 mégawatts. Cette source d’énergie renouvelable améliorera l’efficacité énergétique de Summerside. Le projet permettra à la ville d’utiliser une énergie renouvelable pour répondre à 62 p. 100 de ses besoins en électricité et de réduire de 21 000 tonnes par année les émissions de dioxyde de carbone.

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DIRT data submissions for the 2019 calendar year are due March 31, 2020, so please get your data in as soon as possible to inform the comprehensive 2019 DIRT Report. Visit to get started today!

If you already submitted your data for 2019, thank you! No further action is required. If you have nothing to report, please go to "submission status" within the DIRT Main Menu and check the box indicating your report is complete for 2019.

Upcoming Events

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.

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

Congrès 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

Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium
March 18–19
Hotel Arts
Calgary, Alberta

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

Western Conference on Safety
April 6–7
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

CAPULC Safety Conference
April 24
Gasoline Alley
Red Deer, Alberta

Petroleum Safety Conference
April 28–30
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Banff, Alberta