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Partners in Damage Prevention Contract Locating – Where does it fit in? AGA Damage Prevention Best Practices Roundtable Houston, TX August 2011 Dywane Griner,USIC Bob Gardner, Alagasco
Partners in Damage Prevention • What can we do to develop strategic partnerships and improve damage prevention performance?
Partners in Damage Prevention • How do we respond to unexpected situations? • What is working well today? • Where are we headed?
How Do We Respond to Unexpected Situations? • April 27 Tornado Events –widespread devastation • 5000+ Alagasco customers affected
Contract Locating • Specialization and Expertise • Singular Focus on Damage Prevention • Training & Professional Education • Utility Partnership • Locators - Agents of the Utility • Best Practice Sharing • Role of Intermediary • Involvement with One Call Center
Technology Plays • Ticket Management Systems • Post-Locate Photos • GPS Tools • GPR Application • Records • Consolidated Record Software • Error Correction Feedback • Real-Time Updates
Best Practices • Utility Coordinating Councils • White Lining • Major Project Management • One Call Ticket Scope Issues • Emergency Locate Standards • Damage Reporting/Data Collection
Local Partnership • Unlocateable Facilities • Record Updates • One Call Grid Updates • Emergency Response (4/27 Storms-AL) • Permanent Marker Partnership • Regularly Scheduled Reviews
Where are we headed? • DIMP Implementation • Know your system • Damage reporting • Risk mitigation measures required • Performance monitoring enhanced • Alabama Damage Prevention Alliance • Formed in 2010 • Focus on preventing damages and educating stakeholders