Excellence in Damage Prevention

Miss Utility Awards

Dig Smart Award

The Miss Utility MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee holds the annual Dig Smart Awards as part of its quest to promote underground utility safety and recognize contractors who steadily work toward damage prevention.

The Process


If your company goes above and beyond to ensure damages are prevented, apply for the Dig Smart Awards by completing the online entry form, available starting in July.

Nominated companies are evaluated based on their damage prevention procedures, employee training programs, enforcement of damage prevention laws, and participation in public/government forums, damage prevention meetings and conferences, and trade organizations.

The Winners

Awards Ceremony

Winning companies will receive two complimentary two-night packages to the next Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference (GCDPTC), where they will be recognized by their peers as leaders in damage prevention.


Dig Smart Award Winners

This year, the committee reviewed entries from some of the safest contractors in Maryland and Washington, D.C. These outstanding organizations were chosen from a group of excellent nominations from contractors across Maryland and the District of Columbia. The winners were determined after a review of each company’s damage prevention practices by a select panel of industry experts.

Image of BF Joy, LLC winning their 2021 Dig Safe Award BF Joy, LLC receives this year’s Dig Smart Excellence Award. BF Joy is a veteran-owned small business specializing in the installation, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure for the public and private sectors. BF Joy leads the industry by integrating the latest techniques to remotely inspect and rehabilitate aging infrastructure with minimum physical, environmental and social impact. This marks BF Joy’s sixth Dig Smart Excellence Award.

Flippo Construction Company, Inc. receives this year’s Dig Smart Award for Maryland. Flippo Construction Company, Inc. receives this year’s Dig Smart Award for Maryland. Flippo Construction is an employee-owned and operated general and heavy construction business operating primarily in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan regions for over 45 years. Flippo Construction also received the Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C., for 2003 and 2019-2020.

Image of Anchor Construction winning their 2021 Dig Safe Award Anchor Construction Corporation is the recipient of this year’s Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C. Anchor Construction is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most respected and leading self-performing utility and infrastructure firms, delivering superior solutions for public agencies, utilities and businesses east and west of the Chesapeake Bay (throughout MD, VA, DE and D.C.). Anchor Construction offers construction services in a variety of markets, including bridges, dry and wet utilities, and green infrastructure, for over 35 years. Anchor Construction also received the Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C., for 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019, as well as the Dig Smart Excellence Award for 2019-2020.

M Luis Construction Company, Inc. is the Honorable Mention recipient for this year’s Dig Smart Awards. Founded in 1985, M Luis Construction is a family-owned WBE/MBE general contractor focusing on asphalt paving, flatwork concrete, streetscapes and utility construction, with two asphalt plants located in Rockville and Glen Burnie, Md. M Luis works for federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as commercial and private industry. The company serves Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. This is M Luis Construction’s first recognition in the Dig Smart Awards.