Data informs nearly every aspect of CGA’s operations and industry recommendations. From the formation and publication of its Best Practices manual to 811 public awareness efforts, CGA’s Data Evaluation and Reporting committee’s work touches every aspect of damage prevention. The program collects critical information, analyzing the numbers and producing targeted recommendations to damage prevention stakeholders about how to best protect buried facilities.
With the launch of the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT, www.cga-dirt.com) in late 2003, stakeholders have been able to submit underground damage and near-miss reports through a completely secure, private web application.
Using information submitted through the tool each year, CGA’s Data Reporting and Evaluation program publishes an annual report (the DIRT Report). Now in its ninth year, the DIRT Report has benefitted from a drastic increase in the number of records submitted, further strengthening the value of its conclusions and recommendations.
Increased stakeholder reporting has in turn allowed the Data Committee to provide increasingly granular levels of damage analysis. For the first time in 2012, the DIRT Report looked at damages by U.S. census region and provided an analysis of damages by state as they related to stakeholder exemptions. The Data Committee also produced a special natural gas distribution facilities report for the first time in 2013.