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FEATURE

DIRT

REPORT
By Ear to the Ground

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ar to the Ground sat down with four different people to discuss the DIRT Report
from their damage preventionperspectives: International, National, Currently
inputting into the DIRT Report and Considering
inputting into the DIRT Report. Here is what
they had to say:

INTERNATIONAL
Damage prevention is a shared responsibility;
and, so is data reporting.
The Common Ground Alliance, based out
of Arlington, Virginia, launched the Damage
Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) in late 2003.
The DIRT program collects critical damage
data submitted anonymously and voluntarily by
facility operators, utility locate companies, one
call centers, contractors and regulators through
a completely secure, private web application.
Bob Kipp, President of the Common Ground
Alliance, says that "the basic DIRT application
is actually called CGA DIRT North America, and
since the launch of DIRT, Canadian stakeholders have shown steadily increasing contributions, both in terms of reports submitted, and
provinces represented."
"When aggregated with the U.S. data, DIRT
provides valuable insights into factors that
contribute to, and help reduce damages to
buried facilities."
"The ability to tease out differences and commonalities in the data between Canada and the
U.S. enables more meaningful analysis of the
data, so that stakeholders in each country can
learn from each other."
To learn more about the DIRT program, please
visit www.cga-dirt.com.

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NATIONAL

Sher Kirk is the Operations Director of Alberta One-Call and her work
with DIRT is primarily part of her role as a Board Member of the CCGA.
Sher also represents Canadian One-Call Centres on the Canadian
Common Ground Alliance Board of Directors and is currently the Chair
of the National DIRT and Statistics Committee.
Describe your role as the Chair of the DIRT Committee
I work with the Regional Partners to standardize data collected by
individual provinces so we can amalgamate and analyze the data in a
way that informs national activities in damage prevention.
We can use the national damage statistics to identify trends over time,
to educate the public, to measure success in our attempts to reduce damages, to calculate the societal cost of underground damages and to plan
advertising or education campaigns to address areas of concern.
How were damages tracked before DIRT?
In Alberta, the One-Call centre has been collecting damage reports
from our members for almost 20 years.
However, before DIRT, the information collected was rarely used, and was
not reported by enough of a cross-section of industry to be really valuable.
DIRT allows for more participation and standardization of data. It is a tool
that gives us real numbers to work with instead of trying to base damage
prevention efforts on anecdotal evidence.
Are there any national damage trends that have been identified?
Overall, we are seeing a slight increase in use of the one-call process and
a slow decline in the number and severity of damages.
The number of damages as a result of excavators using equipment
inside the hand-digging zone continues to be a national issue and points
to the need for more education and awareness of how to proceed once
locates have been performed.
In a perfect world, what would you want to see come out of the
DIRT Report?
In a perfect world, we need to see 100% reporting of damages into
DIRT, and a high quality of data collected. Simplifying the data collection,
increasing participation and educating industry on the value of submitting
complete and accurate data must be a priority. Solid data is an effective
tool in achieving our goal of reducing or eliminating costly damages to
our critical underground infrastructure.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
Dig Safe, Dig Smart
DIRT Report
Ontario One Call
Our Hidden Infrastructure
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Dig Safe, Dig Smart
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - DIRT Report
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Ontario One Call
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Our Hidden Infrastructure
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