CGA’s recently published 2022 DIRT Report highlighted a critical issue facing the industry: the emerging crisis of late and inaccurate locates. According to the Report, as often as 56% of the time, excavators cannot begin work on their planned start date due to late or no positive response. As a result, excavator confidence in the system has been negatively impacted.
To address this crisis, accurate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping of underground utilities is paramount, especially given the current surge in construction activity across the U.S. GIS mapping plays a critical role in mitigating the challenges associated with late and inaccurate locates by reducing overnotification, improving the accuracy and efficiency of locates, and enhancing excavator safety.
Committee summit registration is open for members and guests, so be sure to secure your spot for this fall’s event, which will feature a 50-in-5 LIVE event and will focus on locating and mapping.
CGA is conducting a brief, three-minute State of Damage Prevention survey – and we need your help. We're asking all damage prevention stakeholders to share their thoughts on the most pressing issues, priorities and policies/practices they believe have the most potential to reduce damages to buried utilities.
CGA’s Next Practices Initiative is pleased to share a new living case study that details how 811 Chicago has reduced annual damages within Chicago by 50% since 2017. This accomplishment highlights the effectiveness of mapping and collaboration in achieving a significant damage reduction within a specific timeline, setting an example for the industry of the power of innovation and stakeholder engagement in contributing to our 50-in-5 industry goal.
The newly published case study provides an in-depth overview of 811 Chicago’s robust damage prevention program, which is designed to create a well-structured framework for stakeholders and their projects, with a particular focus on mapping, stakeholder collaboration and enforcement.
By participating in our quick survey, you can not only contribute to the collective understanding of the industry's current state and need for improvement, but also enter a random drawing for a CGA YETI Soft Cooler.
CGA’s Technology Committee will host a webinar on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. ET focused on the importance of subsurface utility mapping and the role it plays in decreasing system inefficiencies, improving safety and streamlining the damage prevention process. This is the first of what will be an ongoing series of webinars highlighting the innovative technologies that are contributing to our shared 50-in-5 industry goal of reducing damages by 50% over the next five years.
2022 DIRT Report Analysis & Recommendations
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Best Practices Guide PDF Download
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Best Practices Online
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Next Practices Case Study - Minnesota Utilities Mapping Project
Thursday, February 9, 2023
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