DIRT Report -2019

2019 DIRT Report Tools & Resources

In October 2020, Common Ground Alliance (CGA) published its 2019 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, which analyzed all 2019 data submitted voluntarily by facility operators, utility locating companies, one call centers, contractors, regulators and others from the U.S. and Canada. To help support member efforts in educating and highlighting key takeaways from the Report, CGA has created a suite of tools and resources for member use.

Top 5 Recommendations from the 2019 DIRT Report

  1. Address potholing and excavating in the tolerance zone.
  2. Examine pressures on locate technicians.
  3. Emphasize the proper use of locate requests.
  4. Develop strategies for addressing persistent no-call damages.
  5. Examine opportunities for improvement in the damage prevention system itself.

Member Resources

CGA has created a suite of resources and graphics for members to use. (member only)




Join the Data Committee

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.

Using the Damage Information Reporting Tool

Data informs nearly every aspect of CGA’s operations and industry recommendations. With the launch of the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) 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) as well as an interactive dashboard. CGA has created a variety of tools and resources around the DIRT program for members to use.

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