Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility






 The Carrot or the Stick?

Are penalties effective? How can we improve outcomes? Have fines been levied? What results are available to share? Join this panel discussion for a conversation about relying on the carrot as a motivation for compliance vs the stick as a consequence for noncompliance.


Cyber Security: Are People Really the Biggest Risks?

Join security expert Eugene Ng, as he shows the audience, in real time, how easily a breach can happen. Through various cases, Ng will also demonstrate how organizations can build a culture of deterrence and vigilance, regardless of the industry they are in. A must-attend for anyone interested in understanding how a culture of security helps reduce risk.

Eugene Ng


Damage Prevention with Augmented- and Mixed-Reality Technologies  Learn about the latest in holographic visualizations and the opportunities it presents to leverage current GIS systems to prevent damages, enhance safety and increase the field work accuracy. This futuristic system combines object holograms with object-specific data information to help field technicians understand the infrastructure they need to service while onsite, hands-free and connected to their colleagues. Dynamic and highly interactive, real-life use cases of this technology give the audience a glimpse into the future.

Alec Pestov

vGIS | Meemim


Effective Use of Digital Media During a Crisis

While communication isn’t the business du jour at any pipeline company, communicating well becomes incredibly important during times of crisis. In the minutes, hours and days that followed an oil pipeline leak on November 16, 2017 – as TransCanada’s emergency crews worked tirelessly on effective and immediate response on the ground – the company’s communications team used digital tools to manage public relations transparently through the crisis.

Nicole Forrest


Fit for Duty: Impairment in the Workplace

What are companies doing about prescription drugs, illegal drugs, cannabis and alcohol in the workplace? What are the policy perspectives on impairment? What is the future with new regulations? What happens if employees come to work with carry-over effects? The panel will discuss policies, case studies and court cases.


Municipality of Whistler: Managing a Complex System in a Small Space The arrival of the Olympic Games was exciting for Whistler and set the stage for a number of major capital projects including a $30M upgrade of the WWTP to improve the quality of the water discharged and the development of Athlete’s Village neighbourhood.  The challenges with completing these projects included a compressed timeline in order to mitigate the potential damage to existing infrastructure within the confines of resort operations.   Gillian Woodward P.Eng.,
Resort Municipality of Whistler
James Hallisey P.Eng.,
Resort Municipality of Whistler

Musings of an Expert Witness

Utility damage prevention is supposedly a partnership exercise.  That realization led to establishing the Common Ground Alliance. However, most damage cases initially focus only on the premise of whether the utility mark was correct or not.  There is so much more that happens during a case.  Project owner, project designer, utility owner, contract locator, contractor, subcontractor and more entities become parties to the case.  This talk highlights the lines of inquiry that an expert witness takes to look at each parties’ actions.

James Anspach, P.G.(r),  Dist.MASCE

Cardno, Inc.

Second-Language Outreach & Education: Is Your Damage Prevention Message Reaching Everyone Who Needs It? When you don’t speak the language, are not familiar with local regulations and are unaware of industry practices; chances are you have never heard of One Call requirements. Attend this session to hear about the ground-breaking work that Fortis BC and Empower Me are doing to successfully deliver messaging to new Canadians in the residential and digging communities in BC. Ours is a first-of-its-kind approach, using a community focus to solve an industry problem. This session describes how FortisBC and Empower Me have gone beyond industry best practices for educating new hard-to-reach audiences about safe excavation practices.

Yasmin Abraham

Empower Me

Michelle Petrusevich


Technology Case Study: Sustainable and Comprehensive Management of Drilling Fluid Disposal Using Solidification and Digital Tracking Currently an MOECC, Excess Soil Management Regulatory proposal has been released in Ontario as a best management practice that will become a required regulation in 2018. The regulation will encompass excess soil characterization, tracking and disposal with an emphasis on diversion from landfill and beneficial re-use. The excess soils management plan includes waste drilling fluids, making reporting and compliance more challenging. Utilizing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technology, Enbridge’s Line 10 was constructed with minimal impact on the environment. MetaFLO Technologies provided onsite solidification of drilling fluid and cuttings and digitally tracking the solidified soil, helping Enbridge realize a 33% savings in would-be transportation costs, significant carbon emissions reduction, time required to compile necessary trucking logs was reduced by more than 95% and, through several security checks, compliance was ensured with confidence.

Kevin Goldberg



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