Damage Information Reporting Tool


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 Reporting & Evaluation program 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, all stakeholders have been able to submit underground damage and near-miss reports into one data repository. Using information submitted through the tool each year, CGA’s Data Reporting and Evaluation program publishes an annual report (the DIRT Report) and dashboard.

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The Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee is the driving force behind CGA’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). The committee the processes that govern the tool and manages the statistical evaluation/reporting of data on an annual basis.

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What is the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)?

DIRT is a completely secure online database that allows damage prevention stakeholders to anonymously submit information about damages and near-misses, which in turn helps create an industry-wide picture of opportunities to improve safety. Locators, excavators, one call centers, facility owners, municipalities and government regulatory entities are among those who voluntarily submit data to DIRT.

What is the DIRT Report? Where can I access it?

The DIRT Report is compiled annually by the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee in collaboration with consultants.  The report is based on the previous year’s stakeholder-submitted data.  The report provides analysis of root causes of damages and near-misses and makes recommendations to the industry about areas where safety can be improved. In addition, the CGA launched an interactive dashboard in 2017 allowing users to review and filter annual data.

What is the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee?

A committee directs the work of CGA’s Data Reporting & Evaluation program. The committee supports the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT, www.cga-dirt.com), works with staff/consultants to produce the annual DIRT Report and agrees on valuable recommendations to damage prevention stakeholders about how to best protect buried facilities.

Who can I contact to learn more about or volunteer on this committee?

Visit the Data Reporting and Evaluation Committee page by clicking here.

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