8:30 AM

Competent Person Training – TrenchSafety

8:30 AM

Utility Locator Training – Bob Nighswonger, Utility Training Academy

1:00 PM

Damage Investigation Training – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

4:30 PM
Mississippi 811 Annual Membership Meeting

7:45 AM

Opening Remarks and Welcome – Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown

8:00 AM

Now that enforcement is part of the MS dig law, what should be enforced? – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.

9:00 AM

Using GPS to its fullest advantage – Thell Gillis, NEI

9:00 AM

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Mike Morgan, AT&T

9:00 AM
Outdoor Demo – GPR Demonstration – Daniel Shotts, Ditch Witch Mid-South

10:00 AM

Making MS a safer place to live and work – Sam Johnson, Mississippi 811

11:00 AM

Why excavators call in the entire ticket every time and other myths – Trey Crawford, Grady Crawford Construction

11:00 AM

Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra

1:30 PM

Insured but not covered – Virginia Reames, The Policy Center

1:30 PM

Outdoor demo – SpraySmart by Rust-Oleum – We have the future of marking paint in the bag

2:30 PM

MS811 Web Portal & Mobile App Users Training – Mississippi 811 Staff

2:30 PM

Digital Jobsite – Work Smarter, Not Harder – Jim Hurst, Vermeer Corp

3:30 PM

MS811 Web Portal & Mobile App Users Training (cont.) – Mississippi 811 Staff

3:30 PM

Locating 101 – Doug Moore, Subsite

 

 

8:00 AM
Damage Prevention – Working through the frustrations – Panel Discussion, Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc., Facilitator

9:00 AM
DPCCs at work – Damage Prevention Managers, Mississippi 811

9:00 AM
OSHA Update – Courtney Bohannon, OSHA

10:00 AM
MSRWA & MS811: Partnering in Emergencies – MSRWA Staff & MS811 DPMs

10:00 AM
Finding and eliminating cross bores – Jasper Bruce, Atmos Energy

11:00 AM
Update on the Enforcement Committee rules and enforcement process – Roger Cox, ACTS Now Inc.            

 

 

An approach to implement GIS and data collection into your daily workflow – Thell Gillis, NEI
Attend this session to learn how to increase your GPS accuracy and the importance of it.

Damage Prevention – Working through the frustrations – Panel Discussion, Roger Cox, Facilitator
Trey Crawford, Crawford Construction
Tommy Jones, Lamar County
Bo Womack, Magnolia Brothers
Mike Morgan, AT&T
Not every poor practice violates the current dig law. Attend this session to join in with the panel to discuss continued frustrations that do not necessarily violate the law, but maybe should be included in future updates to the law. Is calling in a false emergency a violation of the law or just a poor practice? Is white lining the law or just a best practice?

 

Digital Jobsite – Work Smarter, Not Harder – Jim Hurst, Vermeer Corp
Imagine the smile on the project owner’s face when you provide a professional, electronic record of your job instead of a stack of papers. Vermeer Projects makes it simple for operations managers to collect, organize and share important job documentation through the cloud. (Example)

DPCCs at work – Damage Prevention Managers, MS811
Attend this session and learn from the Mississippi 811 Damage Prevention Coordinators what has been working across the state to energize folks to get involved with the DPCCs.  Also, the session will talk about some successes they’ve experienced in the past year.

Finding and eliminating cross bores – Jasper Bruce, Atmos Energy
When cross bores exist in a sanitary sewer or storm drain system, it presents a tremendously hazardous situation. This session will discuss the hazards associated with cross bores as well as the challenges in finding and eliminating them.

Insured but not covered – Virginia Reames, The Policy Center
Carriers declining claims whenever an insured does not call 811 is now becoming the standard. Some carriers deny based on an industry-wide exclusion for ‘intentional damage’ whereas others are adding a specific exclusionary endorsement to reaffirm their position. Either way, carriers are pivoting and denying claims when a contractor does not call 811 in advance of digging.

Locating 101 – Doug Moore, Subsite
Locating is more art than science?  There’s definitely an art to it, but science is what the pendulum of art is attached to.  Attend this session to learn the basics and beyond of locating underground facilities.

Making MS a safer place to live and work – Sam Johnson, Mississippi 811
Mississippi 811 has come a long way from the days of paper maps. Attend this session to learn where we came from, where we are going and more importantly where we are now and how that impacts you as a utility member or user of the 811 system.

Managing your workload every day – John Christiansen, KorTerra
MS811 and KorTerra have teamed up to provide ticket management software at no cost to its members.  Attend this session to learn how to take advantage of this offer and how to use the software.

MS811 Web Portal & Mobile App Users Training – Mississippi 811 Staff
Training & open discussion for excavators, locators & utility owners/operators that are interested in or currently using the Web Portal or Mobile App. (2 hour session)

MSRWA & MS811: Partnering in Emergencies – MSRWA Staff and MS811 DPM
Attend this session and join in the discussion on how utilities, MS811, and locators can work better during big emergencies and disasters, such as tornados, hurricanes and the latest disaster whatever that might be.

 

Now that enforcement is part of the MS dig law, what should be enforced? – Roger Cox, ACTS
Enforcement has been included in the MS dig law and some definitions have been clarified.  Now begins the process of enforcing the law that is defined as enforceable.  Attend this session to tell us from your perspective what should be enforced.  Is it mandatory damage reporting, white lining, false emergencies or something that has been completely overlooked?

OSHA Update – Courtney Bohannon, OSHA
Everything you always wanted to know about OSHA and then some.

Outdoor demo – SpraySmart by Rust-Oleum – We have the future of marking paint in the bag
Hands-on spraying of Rust-Oleum’s new paint in a bag. SpraySmart Propellant Free System.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask AT&T – Mike Morgan, AT&T
Attend this session to learn what to do when AT&T lines haven’t been located yet and you are ready to dig.  Why did I get this invoice? Who can I call to get this service line buried? I’ve got a problem with AT&T out in the field and can’t get hold of anybody that will call me back, now what?

Update on the Enforcement Committee rules and enforcement process
Attend this session to learn how to submit an alleged violation of the dig law and learn what the process for investigation and enforcement is.

Why excavators call in the entire ticket every time and other myths – Trey Crawford, Grady Crawford Construction
Attend this session to learn from the excavator’s perspective what’s really going on and how you can help prevent unnecessary frustration for everybody involved in the project.