Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
The Alberta Common Ground Alliance is an open membership organization dedicated to improving worker safety, public safety, community safety, protection of the environment and preservation of the integrity of the infrastructure that provides goods and services that are essential to today’s society by identifying, validating and promoting the adoption of effective ground disturbance and damage prevention practices.
The prevention of damage to buried facilities has many stakeholders who are mutually dependent upon the successful execution of one another’s roles and responsibilities in the overall process. The exchange of accurate and timely information during the damage prevention process, together with a genuine interest by all stakeholders for a successful outcome is critical. Prevention of damage to buried facilities is a responsibility shared among the stakeholders.
What is now the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) was originally formed in the 1970s as the Alberta Utility Location and Coordination Council (AULCC) of the Alberta Chapter of the American Public Works Association and known most recently as the Alberta Damage Prevention Council (ADPC) of the Alberta Chapter of the American Public Works Association. In 2004 it was recognized as a Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance. The ABCGA was incorporated as a society in July 2011.
The Ground Disturbance Stakeholders Committee, which was originally established in 1998, became part of the ABCGA in 2006.
During its 30+ years of activity, the ABCGA has become recognized as the voice of buried facility damage prevention in Alberta. It provides the ‘table’ to which issues related to damage prevention may be brought for discussion among the stakeholders and ultimate resolution.
The ABCGA works with industry stakeholders and regulators to produce stronger, more effective results through cooperation, collaboration and the pursuit of common goals in damage prevention.
The objectives of the ABCGA are:
The business and activities of the ABCGA are managed by the Board of Directors. Each populated stakeholder group within the ABCGA is represented by a Director on the Board.
In addition to the Board of Directors, the ABCGA has 4 working committees:
Members of working committees are generally employees of the corporate stakeholder member organizations. It is the work of each of these committees that supports the objectives of the ABCGA. For a list of ABCGA meetings visit the ABCGA Meetings and Events page,