CGA Member Webinars

The CGA hosts periodic webinars for the membership covering a range of damage prevention topics and highlighting key program initiatives. Recent member webinar information and recordings are posted below for member access and download.

Technology Report Webinar - June 17, 2020

CGA's Technology Committee held a webinar featuring the third annual Technology Report, “Technology Advancements and Gaps in Underground Safety 2020.” The webinar highlighted the three case studies featured in the report.  Representatives from SeeScan, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Leica Geosystems joined CGA's Technology Committee members to provide a brief overview of the case studies and answer member questions. 

CGA Member Webinar - April 2020

CGA held a member webinar to provide an overview of methods to stay engaged and up to date and  tools and resources for safe digging communications.

2020 Public Awareness Plan

With the end of 2019 just around the corner, CGA is getting ready for 2020! CGA released its new Communications Plan and Calendar to guide stakeholders in their efforts to promote the 811 message and other damage prevention practices throughout the next year.

CGA Technology Spotlight - Coordinate PA

As part of the Technology Committee's webinar series highlighting technology in damage prevention, Pennsylvania 811's Marcos Bernal provided an overview of “Coordinate PA: The Next Generation of Utility Coordination.” This new technology enables data sharing on large excavation projects to increase coordination and decrease potential risk due to gaps in communication. The same technology allows excavators to efficiently schedule and communicate complex projects to assist in eliminating multiple service disruptions during the life of a project.

DIRT Report - Results - October 10, 2019

CGA hosted a DIRT member webinar to review recent DIRT findings published in the DIRT Report for 2019. The webinar included a general overview of the data with a focus on key takeaways and recommendations as well as a Q&A session.

CGA White Paper: Excavator Outreach

CGA was excited to publish its first-ever White Paper. The paper, titled Data-Informed Insights and Recommendations for More Effective Excavator Outreach, combines findings from a range of CGA’s data sources to guide members on how to more effectively partner with excavators to get closer to our shared goal of zero damages. 

Thie webinar will walked through the White Paper in detail, including the four key takeaways CGA identified and recommendations for implementing more targeted, effective outreach to the excavator stakeholder group. 

DIRT Reporting Webinar/Q&A - February 14, 2019

This webinar reviewed the DIRT submission process with DIRT Program Manager, Steve Blaney.  

Steve reviewed topics ranging from "how to navigate the DIRT Main Menu" to "how to avoid and correct common mistakes" .This webinar is a great opportunity for new and experienced DIRT users to refresh their submitting skills in advance of the March 31, 2019 deadline.

CGA Presentations

CGA gives presentations at many events throughout the year. You can find the presentation files here for reference.

New Technologies Making Non Metallic Facilities Locatable without Tracer Wire Webinar - Oct 2, 2018

Denise M. Elliot of 3M introduced a new-to-the-world technology for locating nonmetallic facilities using passive resonant markers that can be installed in caution tape, rope, or directly to conduit. As more and more utilities are buried underground every year, the need for new technologies in locating is paramount to accurately identify buried facilities. This new technology will provide a number of benefits to improve public safety and reduce cost to facility owners, including: 

  • Increased locate accuracy will reduce facility damages 
  • Locate accuracy is not affected by congested utility ROW 
  • Reduced maintenance, cost of ownership 
  • Locating process is simplified, long term reliability is improved 
  • Not affected by breakage or corrosion

​Click here to view the video about Intrinsically Locatable Plastic Pipe.

Using Data to Measure Progress - August 14, 2018

CGA hosted a webinar highlighting the importance of using data to measure progress and focus damage prevention efforts. The call included an update on the latest 811 awareness data and the importance of identifying where to focus your efforts. In addition, we provided a preview of the 2017 DIRT Report including how the new report and dashboard will display information in an impactful way. We also heard directly from Eric Swartley, Senior Manager Pipeline and Public Safety at UGI Utilities, on how UGI uses data to measure and improve their damage prevention programs.