Dig Safe Month
The Alberta Common Ground Alliance would like to welcome the newest members of our Board of Directors: Gary Mason, with LineStar Utility Supply, and Jeff Mulligan, with Astec Safety!
Other Stakeholder Group Director positions up for election were: Electrical Transmission, Locators, Municipal / Public Works, and Road Builders / Heavy Construction.
The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) is proud to announce that we have awarded Bruce Partington with the Bob Chisholm Award! The award was presented during the 2018 Annual General Meeting on September 12.
The Bob Chisholm Award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary efforts in promoting and encouraging safe ground disturbance practices.
Bruce Partington is a longstanding member of Alberta’s damage prevention community. He spent 45 years involved with the Rural Gas Program, developing strategies and programs that reduce the damages to Alberta's infrastructure. He joined the Rural Utilities Division of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in 1984, having worked for 11 years with an engineering firm building rural gas distribution systems. Upon his retirement from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in 2013 he began a new career as a consultant for the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-ops.
Alongside his work with Rural Utilities, Bruce was a member of EAPUOC for more than 15 years, managing the mascot program and other community awareness programs since 1992. He helped increase awareness of Alberta One Call, and educated younger generations about the importance of calling before you dig. He has also chaired a number of CSA technical subcommittees under the Canadian Oil and Gas Pipeline and Polyethylene Gas Pipe Manufacturing Standards.
Bruce is also a founding member of the ABCGA. He was chair of the Alberta Damage Prevention Council when it transitioned into the ABCGA in 2011 and he served on the executive until 2016. Our Education and Marketing committee has benefited from Bruce’s involvement for years, and his support for the annual Safety Conference has been instrumental, bringing in participants and securing sponsorship that has made the conference affordable for contractors.
Bruce's attitude while supporting ABCGA activities has fostered a co-operative relationship between the digging community, infrastructure owners, educators and the public.
From all of us at the ABCGA: Thank you Bruce!
The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) Damage Prevention Symposium has received Gold Seal Accreditation from the Canadian Construction Association's National Gold Seal Committee.
Those attending the 2018 Damage Prevention Symposium in Whistler, BC on Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 can now earn a Gold Seal Credit while attending the symposium's sessions.
The Gold Seal Certification Program is a national construction standard of certification for management professionals in the heavy civil and construction industry.
To register for the 2018 CCGA Symposium: click here.
The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) and the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) have signed a licensing agreement for the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia) which will facilitate the development of BC-specific branding on endorsed training certificates and promotion of the standard throughout the province. The licensing agreement is the next step in rolling out the supervisor-level training standard.
The BC Common Ground Alliance is currently accepting applications to access the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia). Training providers who operate in British Columbia and are looking for endorsement to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia) can download an application-to-access form here.
The Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia) was developed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) Training Standards Committee with input from stakeholders in the ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention communities in British Columbia through the BCCGA. It defines the minimum content and student evaluation requirements for classroom and online training programs suitable for those that wish to ultimately become ground disturbance supervisors.
The ABCGA is managing the application and certification process on behalf of BCCGA.
For more information about the standard, visit the BCCGA website.
The 7th Annual General Meeting of the ABCGA will be held at the Baymont Inn Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The two-year terms of the following Directors will expire at that time:
Elections will be held during the AGM to elect Directors from the following stakeholder and combined stakeholder groups:
The ABCGA is seeking nominations for the Stakeholder Group Director positions for the 2018–2020 term.
If you would like to put your name forward or nominate another individual from your stakeholder group please forward your expression of interest or nomination to email@example.com by August 21, 2018.
The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) has launched a national monthly newsletter, "Know What's Below." The newsletter is a way for regional partners — like the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) — to share news and updates with Common Ground Alliance members across Canada.
Check out the first issue here.
If you'd like to subscribe to the 'Know What's Below' Newsletter, click here.
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada | News Release
June 21, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec - Government of Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety for construction workers, Canadians and our federal public infrastructure.
Today, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding between Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure, such as cables and pipes, located on federal lands.
We’re improving the protection of federal underground infrastructure. Find out how: #PSPC https://t.co/smfkvihUoY— Public Services (@PSPC_SPAC) June 21, 2018
We’re improving the protection of federal underground infrastructure. Find out how: #PSPC https://t.co/smfkvihUoY
Building on the important work of the Honourable Grant Mitchell, Senator for Alberta, and Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, to raise awareness of the protection of underground infrastructure, PSPC, together with the CCGA, will launch a pilot project to improve and coordinate current notification processes for work on federal lands. This will further strengthen existing processes and prevent damage to underground infrastructure. It will also ensure safety for the public and workers, and improve the safety of federally regulated underground infrastructure.
PSPC will be working with the CCGA and other government departments and agencies within the public service to facilitate a government-wide approach.
We reached another major milestone today in our goal to protect the integrity of Canada’s critical underground infrastructure. Thank you @PSPC_SPAC @SenMitchell @LloydLongfield & all Damage Prevention stakeholders across our great country! #DigSafe #ClickBeforeYouDig https://t.co/cCP7GFLZu3— CCGA (@CanadianCGA) June 21, 2018
We reached another major milestone today in our goal to protect the integrity of Canada’s critical underground infrastructure. Thank you @PSPC_SPAC @SenMitchell @LloydLongfield & all Damage Prevention stakeholders across our great country! #DigSafe #ClickBeforeYouDig https://t.co/cCP7GFLZu3
As you may have heard, Alberta One-Call, BC One Call and ClickBeforeYouDigMB are cutting over to PelicanCorp software later this year. All provinces are inviting damage prevention stakeholders to keep informed of developments and our collective pathway to a successful November 30th cutover by following the www.BeforeYouDigPartners.com website. This website contains ongoing information about this significant One-Call software change for Alberta, BC and Manitoba, and invites buried asset owners to join a testing group, which begins in June.
Please direct questions about this project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest issue of the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta is here and it has a brand-new look! Download it here.
This issue introduces two important changes to the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta: the lifespan of locates has been updated and so has the acceptable formats for locate documentation.
Starting May 1, 2018, the lifespan of a locate ticket is extended to 30 days for most buried utilities in Alberta.
Previously, locate tickets were only valid for 14 days, but could be extended to 30 days as long as certain conditions were met. Now locate tickets are valid for the full 30 days from the date they are issued (unless otherwise stated on the locate ticket).
Some utilities, including pipelines and other high-pressure lines, will continue to have 14-day locates, after which time the locates must be refreshed before work can continue.
It is the responsibility of the excavator to read and understand the ticket information for each utility.
The section on locate documentation has also been updated to state that both electronic locates and paper reports are acceptable formats. The screen size for electronic reports must meet an industry accepted standard.
We’d like to thank the members of our Best Practices Committee for their work updating the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta document. The committee regularly updates our process document to reflect the latest best practices and industry processes in Alberta.
If you would like to submit a suggestion or propose a change for consideration in the next issue of the Damage Prevention Process, you can download one of our forms on the Best Practices page and submit it to email@example.com.
ABCGA Regional Workshops
The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has partnered with the APWA Alberta Chapter to host a regional workshop series across Alberta.
Each two-day event will feature a full day of information sessions, where we will share the latest opportunities and best practices for damage prevention and excavation safety, and a training session on day two where you can to earn your supervisor-level ground disturbance certificate.
Join us for our workshop in O'Chiese First Nation on May 15–16.
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