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FEATURE BY J IM DOUGL AS, ORCGA PRESIDEN T & CEO ORCGA's Damage Prevention Technician, ® DPT Program "CLEARING THE WAY FOR EXCAVATORS TO DIG SAFE" I n 2006, the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) embarked on a journey with the Locate Industry in Ontario to develop a Standard industry Locator Training Program. The aim of the program was to provide an opportunity to recognize the significant knowledge and expertise required to complete the complicated task of locating underground facilities in Ontario. In order to accomplish this objective, the ORCGA enlisted a number of subject matter experts (SMEs) from across the province to begin the process of designing the course structure. At the same time, the ORCGA established a partnership with Humber College (Toronto) to deliver the program. A technical committee made up of the SMEs and a consultant SPRING 15 from Humber College was formed to develop the program which would eventually consist of three components: * In-Class Instruction * Field Technical Review * On-The Job Competency Assessment After a successful pilot course was completed in 2006, the program was launched at Humber College in 2007 with a class of 17 locators. Since that time the DPT program has gone through a number of changes and is now recognized as the "Industry Standard, General Locate Training Program in Ontario." The ORCGA is very appreciative of the role that Humber College played in the launching of the program. However, the overall administration of the DPT program has been administered by the ORCGA since 2010. 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Spring 2015

President's Message
2015 Dig Safe Symposium Awards
Damage Prevention and Innovation
High Pressure Transmission Pipeline Safety
Delivery of Locates in Ontario
ORCGA's Damage Prevention Technician, DPT Program
Ice Storm 2013: We Have the Power to Survive
Our Industry is Constantly Changing
Index of Advertisers

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