Global ESC 2024 Education

You'll Dig How Louisiana's Laws Get Made

Emory Belton -  Owner, Belton Law Firm, LLC (Moderator)
Trey Crawford Vice President, Grady Crawford
Steven GiambronePipeline Division Director, State of Louisiana


How 811 Came to be and the Impact in the 16+ Years Since it Launched on May 1, 2007

Marcos Bernal Supervisor - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. 
Mark Lipka - Supervisor - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.
Norm Parrish - Manager - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc

Contractors and PSMS

Steve Allen - Executive Director of Pipeline Safety, Energy WorldNet | Senior Advisor, Damage Prevention Academy

Achieving Zero Damages through Technology and Relationships

Matthew Peterson - Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will discuss how it uses technology to achieve a .51 damage ratio (per DIRT methodology) despite a multitude of large infrastructure projects. The presentation will not be technologically verbose. Instead, it will focus on how to identify, design, and implement innovative solutions. In addition to the technology, CDOT's presentation will underscore the importance of stakeholder relationships to ensure project success.

The Art of Storytelling - Impacting Your Audience

Jack Jackson - Senior Consultant, SafeStart

Safety leaders and trainers are always looking for ways to engage employees. Since people think in narrative terms, storytelling is a useful teaching tool—it not only engages listeners but helps them retain information. Participants will discover the three basic types of stories and establish credibility as a storyteller by learning how to apply personal experiences to the learning outcomes. They will also learn the three acts of a story and how to prove the relevance of the concepts and techniques they are teaching. All aspects of a business can benefit by learning the construct of effective storytelling. It encourages others to open up and share their own stories, creating two-way learning while increasing their library of stories.

Calls vs Clicks: Safest Contact Centre Practice Post-COVID

Josef Rosenberg - Contact Centre Manager, Utility Safety Partners

While evidence has mounted year over year pointing to the efficacy and increased safety from Contact Centres and related groups pushing web-submissions over phones, post-COVID, this dichotomy has only grown. This session will review 5+ years of data trends and lay the case for a wholesale transition to virtual white-lining practice across the industry.

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Contractors and PSMS

Steve Allen - Executive Director of Pipeline Safety, Energy WorldNet
                               Senior Advisor, Damage Prevention Academy

This session will provide a brief background on PSMS and discuss the realities faced by both operators and contractors in today's environment. This session will also explore methods used by operators to engage contractors in their PSMS program and will include a review of steps being taken by contractors to proactively address this important topic.

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Coordinating Complex Underground Projects with Coordinate PA

Marcos Bernal - Supervisor - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. 
Mark Lipka - Supervisor - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.
Norm Parrish - Manager - Education, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc

How do you manage large underground excavation projects that will allow all underground stakeholders to coordinate and collaborate with each other? How do you enable them to share project documents and communicate with designated contacts on projects? How do you provide all the required One Call notices (i.e. design, complex project, and excavation tickets) to the applicable underground stakeholder for your project? Pennsylvania 811 Coordinate PA application is the underground project management tool that will allow all underground stakeholders to safely manage their large and/or complex underground projects from conception to construction.

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Damage Investigation: Critical steps required to do Things the right way

Ron Peterson - Executive Director, Nulca

If you don't have trained people investigating damages, it will cost you both time and money. Learn the simple, but critical things you need to do in every investigation. You will learn how to properly gather data and put together a report that will help with any discussions regarding who is at fault and who is going to pay. You will leave with tips on photography, interviewing skills, and more.

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Damage Prevention Enforcement

Steven Giambrone - Pipeline Division Director, State of Louisiana

This session will cover the different aspects of Louisiana's Damage Prevention program; including program expectations, trends, and enforcement examples.

Economic Loss Doctrine

Anthony Jorgenson - Owner, Jorgenson PLLC

Coming soon!

ESA Town Hall LIVE


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How 811 Came to be and the Impact in the 16+ Years Since it Launched on May 1, 2007

     Chris John - Former Louisiana Congressman (Moderator)
Meghan Rafinski - President & CEO, Georgia 811
Bill Turner - President & Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee 811

Chris John, former Congressman from LA, will tell the inside baseball story about how 811 became a reality. The panel members will talk about the far-reaching impact 811 has had on so many aspects of damage prevention. Topics range from enabling the industry to create national education campaigns to simply being able to have a single call before you dig number on all warning signs and 811 becoming a verb. The panel will discuss what role 811 may play in the future and how you can prepare for how locate requests will be placed in 10 years.

Improving the Timeliness of Utility Locates through Ticket Submission Practices


Excavators have an important role to play in ensuring the timeliness of utility locates which protect infrastructure and keep excavation crews and communities safe. With increased awareness of the impact of locate ticket submission practices, excavators can help eliminate the need for unnecessary marks and remarks, which enables locators to focus on time-sensitive tickets.

Kick Start to Getting Involved on a One Call Board

Mike Sullivan - President, Utility Safety Partners

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Lesson Learned: Unearthing Insights from Past Incidents for a Safer Future


In the ever-evolving world of excavation safety, the ability to draw valuable insights from past incidents is crucial for preventing future accidents and fostering a culture of continuous improvement within organizations. This session aims to equip attendees with the essential tools and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of incident investigations effectively. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices in incident investigation methodologies. This session will emphasize the importance of creating a culture of continuous improvement around excavation safety. Attendees will learn strategies for fostering a safety-oriented mindset among employees and stakeholders and encouraging the implementation of proactive measures to prevent potential accidents. By learning from the past, attendees will be better prepared to enhance safety practices, prevent accidents, and create a safer future for their organizations and the industry.

Leveraging One-Call Centers to Cut Damages in Half

Benjamin Dierker - Executive Director, Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) is the only nationwide public policy think tank dedicated solely to infrastructure in the United States. One of its core areas of study is damage prevention, because this sector combines energy infrastructure, transportation, technology, and a dynamic set of other relevant disciplines and industries. In August, Aii surveyed One-Call leaders across the U.S. and Canada to gain their insights and perspectives on the state of the industry, some common practices, and trends for the future. The survey revealed fascinating information about the desire for better data and more collaboration, certain limitations holding back progress, and the central role of notification centers in facilitating the process. This survey is intended to be a jumping off point, with leaders able to gain insights from one another and hopefully improve their own approaches by learning from one another.

Locating Abandoned Infrastructure in Quebec

Nathalie Moreau - Executive Director, Info-Excavation
Stéphane Santerre - Vice President, Énergir

Abandoned underground infrastructure and unidentified buried energy and utility networks are a challenge everywhere and present significant impacts to workers and construction sites. A new process was established in Quebec that allows the digging community to notify Info-Excavation whenever unknown and unregistered underground infrastructure is discovered and does not appear in the original locate request. Come listen about this new process and the shared responsibility!

Locating Both Public and Private Utilities is Essential for Safe Excavation

Jordan Partlow - Director of Client Relations, BLOOD HOUND

Coming soon!

Louis Panzer
The Meaning, Value and Usage of Notification Center Data to Reduce Damages

Louis Panzer - Executive Director, North Carolina 811

This session will explore the rich data available through the notification centers. It will explore the challenges in using the data as well as emphasizing the ways data can be used to measure damage prevention activities in real time. Finally, it will provide examples of how this data can translate to actions that ultimately reduce damages. 

Mock Trial

Anthony Jorgenson - Owner, Jorgenson PLLC
Jim Proszek - Attorney, Hall Estill

Coming soon!

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome & Promoting a Culture of Safety

M.G. Govia - Education & Outreach Liaison, OKIE811

Understanding imposter syndrome and how it can affect your confidence is important when safety is on the line. Let’s understand imposter syndrome, ways to combat it, and with confidence promote a safety culture.

Pipeline Safety Management Systems: Contractor Safety Programs Integration

Laurie Knape - Program Manager, American Petroleum Institute

In November 2022, API and the joint Pipeline SMS Industry Team published Pipeline SMS: A Contractor’s Guide to give pipeline contractors and service providers an enhanced understanding of how the scope of their safety programs should be integrated with an operator’s Pipeline SMS. A tool has been created with industry collaboration showcasing 56 key requirements of API RP 1173: Pipeline Safety Management Systems, that will help operators and contractors integrate their safety efforts. In this webinar, industry will show how the newly developed tool will help contractors and service providers mature internal safety programs that support Pipeline SMS. The tool is scalable based on the size of the organization, the scope of work, and can be a valuable tool in starting the PSMS journey. In addition to reviewing the tool, the session will highlight good practices seen from a pipeline operator and a service company on the value gained from integration of their safety programs.

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Potholing - Does It Even Matter?

Shane Bryan - VP OSP Engineering & Construction, Ritter Communications

Learn the importance of exposing utilities prior to excavation.

Prevention of Natural Gas Cross Bores in Sewer Systems

Josh Graham - Business Development, Compliance EnviroSystems, LLC

Trenchless technologies (moles, plows, horizontal directional drilling, etc.) have been utilized since the 1970s to bore natural gas lines in the United States. On the surface, natural gas line boring seems non-invasive. However, in reality, boring equipment is manufactured to penetrate almost anything in its path. Unfortunately, sanitary sewer mains, sanitary sewer service laterals and storm drain lines are often times in the path of the bore. A cross bore is defined as an intersection of an existing underground utility or underground structure by a second utility resulting in the direct contact between the transactions of the utilities that compromises the integrity of either utility or underground structure. 

When cross bores exist in a sanitary sewer or storm drain system, it presents a tremendously hazardous situation. This session will discuss the hazards associated with cross bores as well as explore the technologies available for locating cross bores.

Reducing Contact with Overhead Energy and Utility Assets

Mike Sullivan - President, Utility Safety Partners

Every year, contact with overhead utilities causes severe injuries and fatalities and yet, Notification Centres have the infrastructure and capacity to significantly reduce these occurrences through an automated notification process. Learn what Utility Safety Partners is doing to reduce contacts with overhead energy and utility assets. It’s not just about ClickBeforeYouDig.

Reducing the Consequences of Gas Pipeline Damage

David Heldenbrand - President, Bison Engineering

Review incident case histories and how we can reduce injuries and fatalities from those events by a better understanding of the causes.

Rethinking Trench Safety: Misinterpretations, Inaccuracies, and False Knowledge Clarified

Bruce Magee - Region Product Development Manager, United Rentals

This presentation will share how misinterpretations regarding trench safety have come to be, and what we can do to correct them. Pulling knowledge from your more experienced staff is a good idea, under the condition that what is passed along is correct. Over time, some bits of information may become distorted. Correcting any distortions becomes more challenging when these errors are echoed by those that should know better. Where might the mistaken beliefs have come from? And, what are the facts?

Trench Fatalities - What Does the Data Tell Us?

Steven Hanley - Dealer Support, Arcosa Shoring

A lot of attention has been paid to a spike in Fatal and Serious Trench Incidents for 2022. 2023 may turn out to be worse. We will present the actual numbers and evaluate reasons behind the increase and what’s needed to reduce fatal trench incidents.

Utility Coordination Councils

Kirk Kirkpatrick - Damage Prevention Liaison, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

Coming soon!

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You'll Dig How Louisiana's Laws Get Made

Emory Belton -  Owner, Belton Law Firm, LLC (Moderator)
Trey Crawford - Vice President, Grady Crawford
Steven Giambrone - Pipeline Division Director, State of Louisiana

The Louisiana Dig Law Committee process takes a lot of the headache out of getting a law passed through planning conversations where all parties are on the same page prior to submitting. Join us to learn how your state can mimic the success Louisiana is having.