The 2010 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference was held Oct. 20-22, in Ocean City, Md., at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel. The second-year industry conference for the region, presented by Miss Utility of Delmarva, Miss Utility of Maryland, District One Call and more than a dozen additional sponsors, brought together over 300 participants with the shared focus of working together to prevent underground utility damages.
Participants at the three-day conference had the opportunity to attend industry training sessions and visit more than 30 different exhibitors. The training sessions focused on best practices for effective underground utility damage prevention, as well as a discussion on new law changes in Maryland and potential law changes in Delaware. The following training sessions were offered at this year’s conference:
- Damage Prevention 2020: The Future of Damage Prevention
- Federal Damage Prevention Initiatives
- Keys to Getting a Better Locate
- Advancements in Call Center Operations: Mapping You to the Excavation Site
- Regional Benefits of National Common Ground Alliance Initiatives
- Beyond Just Dollars: The Human Cost of a Damage
- Update 2010: New Damage Prevention Legislation and Regulation in Maryland
- Delaware Law Change Roundtable
In addition to the training sessions offered, the conference included two keynote speakers – Mr. Tom Hoff, President and Founder of One Call Concepts, Inc., and Mr. Jerry Johnson, General Manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).
At the Thursday morning breakfast, Mr. Hoff spoke about the origins of Miss Utility in the region and the technological progressions that have brought us through the last several decades to where we are today. His presentation served as a perfect segue to the Damage Prevention 2020 panel, which forecasted the next 10 years of damage prevention.
On Friday, Mr. Johnson focused on the importance of partnership and communication in damage prevention, and used recent major incidents involving WSSC’s underground facilities as examples of the steps they are taking to eliminate damages.
“On behalf of the entire 2010 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference Committee, I’d like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for making this year’s event even better than our first event in 2009,” said Matt Ruddo, Committee Chairman. “Seeing over 300 stakeholders in one building over three days, all with the same goal of enhancing damage prevention in this region, is a credit to the damage prevention community everyone has had a hand in creating over the last several decades.”
Click here to view photos of the 2010 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference on the event’s official Flickr page.