Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility

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2018 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS

Tuesday, October 30
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

Crossing Approvals: 
From 10 Days to 10 Minutes


Incoming crossing and ground disturbance requests are an expensive and time consuming process. CrossingsCloud is going to show you how automating this process will change your entire perspective.

*This is a Vendor-Sponsored session and may include sales-based content.

Macdonald F

Vendor Outreach Session

Session Available

TBA

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

Exciting New Application for Sharing Critical Safety Information


Join us in a session to discuss an exciting new application that will increase public safety, improve pipeline emergency response communication, and provide the industry the opportunity to garner authentically positive publicity. The Vitals smartphone app pushes out critical information to anyone using the 1stResponder app as they approach the Vitals Beacon.  This same technology can play a vital role in communicating incident response information to emergency responders. Come learn about an opportunity to join us in a pilot program as we continue to develop the utility industry applications of this exciting technology.

*This is a Vendor-Sponsored session and may include sales-based content.

Chris Thome
Rhino Marking & Protection Systems

Macdonald F

Innovative Solutions to Protect the Buried Network from Third-Party Interferences


World-wide, encroachments represent 50% of pipeline accidents. Third-party strike potential dramatically increases in urban environments and pipeline owners are facing class location changes with expansion of urban areas. Consequences can be critical - fatalities and injuries, refinery shutdowns, environmental damage, increased compliance. The only reliable solution for years was reinforced concrete slabs installed above existing pipelines. We will show you that our plates are the evolution of concrete slabs and OVERPIPE plates present many advantages compared to traditional concrete slabs.

*This is a Vendor-Sponsored session and may include sales-based content.


Wednesday,
October 31
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Macdonald A

Symposium Opening Address

Mike Sullivan
Canadian CGA

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Macdonald A

Working with First Nations:
Partnering with Oil & Gas and Excavation Companies

Karen Ogen-Toews
First Nation LNG Alliance

Session I
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Session Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

Challenges with Shoring Design and Utilities

This presentation describes various earth shoring techniques for building construction including aspects of design and safety. Several shoring methods are covered including cantilevered walls, tied-back walls, and braced excavations. Case studies are presented relating to risks of  instability during excavation.

Macdonald F

Musings of an Expert Witness

Utility damage prevention is supposedly a partnership exercise, which led to establishing the Common Ground Alliance. However, most damage cases initially focus on 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 become parties to the case. This talk highlights the lines of inquiry that an expert witness takes to look at each parties’ actions.

Empress A

Beam Me Down, Scotty

Increasingly advanced holographic technologies present new opportunities for the industry. GIS, 3-D mapping, video streaming, equipment databases and more are positioned to spawn a new breed of productivity application that will impact how companies implement project planning and perform fieldwork. Focusing on real-life use cases of the AR visualization technology, we reveal technology benefits, shortcomings and implementation best practices backed by empirical data collected in the field.

 

Title
Description
Speaker(s)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Macdonald A

The Future of Safety

The world of safety is changing quickly and the challenges of keeping employees engaged is increasing. How do the present methods of safety translate into this new world of work with all its complexities? What are the best positive frameworks to use? What employee engagement and safety champion programs are providing the best results?  What are future trends in OHS? Is behaviour-based safety the best method? Listen to futurists in safety explore changing perceptions of industry leaders.

Dr. Robert Long
Human Dymensions

Jeffery Lyth
The Harwood Safety Group

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Macdonald A

Safety and Relationships:
Steadfast in our Commitment through Turbulent Times

Trans Mountain Pipeline has been part of the landscape in BC and Alberta since the 1950s, building well-established relationships with indigenous communities, landowners and neighbours over 65 years operating a pipeline system in urban centres, farmlands, across borders and in some of the country’s most pristine parklands. Ian Anderson discusses the changes and challenges Trans Mountain and the pipeline industry have faced recently, and how the company’s core values have kept it grounded and steady.

Ian Anderson
Trans Mountain Corporation

Session II
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

Unauthorized Activity Reports

TransCanada has over 96,000 km of pipelines across Canada the U.S. and Mexico and preventing third-party incidents is an essential goal of our Damage Prevention program.  An overview of our unauthorized activity tracking reports will be discussed including trending based on offender type, activity type, location and time of year. This crucial data is used to create strategic risk mitigation plans across North America.

Macdonald F

Outreach and 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. Hear about the ground-breaking work Fortis BC and Empower Me are doing to successfully deliver messaging to new Canadians in residential and digging communities in BC. A first-of-its-kind approach, they have gone beyond industry best practices for educating new hard-to-reach audiences about safe excavation practices.

Empress A

Part 1:
Introduction to the University of Waterloo SUE Return on Investments Study

A brief and in-depth look at the current ROI study being conducted by Professor Mark Knight at the University of Waterloo.

Mark Knight
University of Waterloo

Session Notes

Part 2:
Damage Prevention with Augmented- and Mixed-Reality Technologies

Learn about the latest in holographic visualizations and opportunities to leverage current GIS systems to prevent damages, enhance safety and increase field work accuracy. Dynamic and interactive, real-life use cases give you a glimpse into the future.

Chris Manchester
LN Land Development Technologies Inc.

Session III
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

How Do First Responders Respond to Line Hits?

This session looks at a typical response to a line hit from the emergency services’ perspective.  It includes the typical number of responders who must be committed to these emergency events and how this can impact the city or municipality’s capacity to respond to other emergencies.  Basic information responders must be aware of such as the dangers of these events and how the fire department must work hand in hand with utility companies to mitigate these emergencies are also covered.

Glenn Paley
Kelowna Fire Department

Session Notes

Macdonald F

Municipality of Whistler:
Managing a Complex System in a Small Space

Whistler hosts multiple events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics. Their situation provides challenges including a compressed construction season, temperature extremes, a valley location, short deadlines for project completion, and infrastructure in the interface zone. As a result, project planning needs to occur early and all tendering completed as close as possible to the opening of construction window. Learn more about the challenges engineers face, including preparation for the Olympics.

James Hallisey P.Eng.
Resort Municipality of Whistler

Gillian Woodward P.Eng.
Resort Municipality of Whistler

Session Notes

Empress A

The Carrot or the Stick:
Does Enforcement Work?

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.

Shannon Neufeld
National Energy Board

Lance Ollenberger
BC Oil & Gas Commission

George Milne
Technical Safety BC

Thursday,
November 1
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Macdonald A

CCGA Address

Join the Canadian CGA (CCGA) as they recap their initiatives and progress over the past year and speak to the goals they have set for the upcoming year.

Mike Sullivan
Canadian CGA

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Macdonald A

NEB Regulation Update

Ms. Neufeld addresses Natural Resources Canada and National Energy Board’s approach to developing two new, and amending one existing, regulation to support the proposed Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act). When the proposed CER Act comes into force, the legislative changes will be implemented and the NEB will become the Canadian Energy Regulator. Projects that have been approved or are currently being reviewed are required to follow current legislation and regulations which remain in force.

Shannon Neufeld
National Energy Board

Session IV
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

Énergir's Damage Prevention Initiatives

Énergir continues its efforts on damage prevention, one of its priorities in this vein, it works with government entities, municipalities, Info-Excavation and contractors to implement initiatives that promote best practices in excavation and ground disturbance. Ground patrols, prevention efforts for contractors, awareness-raising efforts for the public and supporting the appropriate authorities in amending municipal regulations are just a few of the steps taken by Énergir to reduce damage to its gas network.

Macdonald F

Large Scale Linear Projects:
Perspectives on Large Construction Projects in Urban Areas

Industry leaders discuss the experiences of their companies on large scale projects executed within urban environments and share their perspectives of the projects and lessons learned.

Brad Gowan
OEC

Session Notes


Andrew Mark

TransMountain

Doug Madsen
Hatch

Session Notes

Dana Soong
City of Coquitlam

Empress A

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
TransCanada

Session V
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

CGA (US): Using Data to Impact Damage Prevention

CGA has established itself as the leading organization to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. As the organization has evolved, so has its data collection and analyzation efforts. Learn how annual 811 awareness research coupled with new query features of the Damage Information Reporting Tool, DIRT, provides valuable insights resulting in strategic development of damage prevention initiatives.  Data will continue to drive damage prevention efforts in the years to come; learn how it can benefit your organization.

Khrysanne Kerr
Common Ground Alliance

Macdonald F

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.

Empress A

Fit for Duty: Impairment in the Workplace (Part I)

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.

Tim Charron
CLAC

Anne Dobson-Mack
WorkSafeBC

Session Notes

Dave Earle
BC Trucking Association

Session Notes

Paul Farnan
University of British Columbia

Position Statement

Andrea Zwack
University of British Columbia


Session VI
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Title
Description
Speaker(s)

Macdonald E

One Call Centre Software Rollout in Western Canada

PelicanCorp and Alberta One-Call explain the process and steps in taking the Western Canada solution live in late November. If you are a contractor, Locator, Municipality or Utility come, listen and participate in a presentation on what is coming and how it might impact you. Get a brief demonstration of the solution and answers to questions on the process, training and cutover.

Duane Rodgers
PelicanCorp

Sher Kirk
Alberta One-Call

Macdonald F

Vegetation Management

A brief explanation of the what, when, why and how of vegetation management and examples from various companies across Canada. Also - the controversy over herbicides… Fact or Fiction?

Bruce Hunter
CNLA President

Session Notes

Bruce McTavish
McTavish Resource & Management Consultants

Session Notes

Brian Rosentreter
Davey Tree Expert Co. of Canada

Session Notes

Empress A

Fit for Duty: Impairment in the Workplace (Part II)

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.

Tim Charron
CLAC

Anne Dobson-Mack
WorkSafeBC

Dave Earle
BC Trucking Association

Paul Farnan
University of British Columbia

Andrea Zwack
University of British Columbia


Title
Description
Speaker(s)

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Macdonald A

FortisBC Safety Awards

Fortis BC Safety Awards acknowledging those demonstrating industry leadership in damage prevention.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Macdonald A

Exploring Cities Underground

Steve Duncan is an urban historian and photographer who has explored sewers and underground infrastructure. Host of a Discovery Channel show on urban history, his collaborative documentary film work has been featured at the Mountain film festival and at NYC’s MoMA. Understanding underground infrastructure and how the underground shapes a city, Steve peels back the streets and sidewalks, giving us a look at how cities work underground including the rivers and creeks cities are built over.

Steve Duncan

Underground Photographer
and Explorer

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