Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 7

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

EARS TO THE GROUND
By Doug Lapp, President & CEO

U

tility Locating identifies
and marks underground public and private utilities, including sewer and water, electric,
oil and gas, telecommunication, fiber
optics and more.
Locators provide detailed information about the presence and location
of underground infrastructure assets
to prevent possible damages during
excavation or other activities. Not only
do underground infrastructure assets
need to be protected, but they can also
pose a potential safety hazard to workers on-site, the public and property,
if damaged.
Like the buried infrastructure they
are seeking and identifying, Locators
are generally unknown to the public.
And, like the buried infrastructure
and utilities that we all depend upon
at home and at work, Locators are
everywhere! Locators can be found
working on quiet residential streets or
busy thoroughfares and highways, in
dense urban cityscapes and across
farmlands.
Locators are employed by municipalities and utilities, specialized locating companies, engineering firms
and excavation contractors, in order
to enable hundreds of construction,
geotechnical and engineering projects
throughout Ontario every day.
The Ontario Regional Common
Ground Alliance (ORCGA) works to
effectively eliminate damages to underground infrastructure through influential

advocacy, meaningful education and
impactful engagement, in part, through
channels such as Ear to the Ground, the
DPT® Certification Program, the continuous improvement of Best Practices
and the Locate Rodeo.
The articles in this issue shine a
spotlight on Locators who are on the
front lines of the Damage Prevention
Industry, to elaborate on, promote and
enhance the value of their role to industry in the province of Ontario.
This issue of Ear to the Ground
focuses on:
✔ The History of Locates in Ontario;
✔ Locating in Dense Urban areas;
✔ The Challenges of Private Locates;
and,
✔ Ontario One Call Notification
Changes.
The ORCGA runs the very successful Damage Prevention Technician,
DPT® Certification Program that provides instruction on the fundamentals of
locating based on processes employed
by specific industries.
In addition, the ORCGA recently
welcomed all competitors and volunteers to the 10th Annual ORCGA
Locate Rodeo in August. The Locate
Rodeo is a cornerstone event for the
ORCGA; a chance for Locators to display their skills in a competitive and
friendly environment. The introduction
of the Excavator Challenge competition
complements the Locate Rodeo with a
skills competition from "the other side
of the shovel".

Lastly, the ORCGA, our sponsors
on the opposite page and over 530
members will continue to focus on
and promote Locating and Marking
Best Practices found in the latest edition of the Canadian Common Ground
Alliance Best Practices (orcga.com/
publications/best-practices), and the
Dig Safe message, as below:

The ORCGA recognizes the dedicated Locators across the province of
Ontario for undertaking the complex
task of underground utility locating and
their role in damage prevention.
Locators truly are the Ears to the
Ground.
FALL 2017

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http://www.orcga.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017

President’s Message
The History of Locates in Ontario
Walking in a Locator’s Boots
The Challenges of Private Locates
Locates Made Easy For All of Us
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Intro
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover1
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover2
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 3
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 4
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 5
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 6
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 8
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - The History of Locates in Ontario
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 10
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 11
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 12
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Walking in a Locator’s Boots
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 14
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 15
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 16
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 17
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 18
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - The Challenges of Private Locates
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 20
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 21
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Locates Made Easy For All of Us
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 23
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 24
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 25
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 26
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