Common Ground Alliance Meeting Draws Record Attendance

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | April 2011 Vol. 66 No. 4

While Best Practices may be the best-known achievement of CGA, other contributions to the industry include:
• Support of establishment and implementation of the national “811” national one-call number which rings the one-call agency nearest the caller;
• Development of D.I.R.T., a state-of-the-art information-reporting tool for creating a national database containing details about accidental underground utility strikes;
• Creation of regional CGA organizations across the United States and Canada;
• Integration into CGA of One Call Systems International (OCSI), an organization that has long been active in programs to protect underground facilities; and
• Ongoing educational efforts to make the utility and construction industries and general public aware of the importance of preventing damage to underground utilities and programs to help achieve that goal.

Based in Alexandria, VA, a small paid staff coordinates programs that depend on unpaid industry volunteers for implementing CGA’s shared-responsibility approach to carrying out recommendations of the Common Ground Study published in 1999.

“CGA members,” said Kipp, “are the driving force in the committees that has produced these key industry tools.”

The 2012 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo conference will be March 6-8 in Las Vegas.

“We encourage all those who are interested in underground damage prevention to attend this conference,” concluded Kipp.