Damage Prevention/Safety Program Expands At UCT

November 2010, Vol. 65 No. 11

The locator seminar will be held at a special “Safe Zone” on the exhibit floor. Beneath the area’s raised surface are simulated underground utilities for participants to locate, putting into practice classroom lessons.

“We teach students how electromagnetic locators work and how to operate them,” said Mike Parilac, Staking University president and senior instructor. “Information is presented in simple, concise terms, and whether a student has no experience or years of experience, they benefit. Completing the course provides the foundation to be a good locator.”

Parilac said that after such seminars experienced locators have told him that although they had used locators every day for several years, they never had fully understood how they worked.

“They said learning how the instruments function makes them a better locator,” said Parilac.

Those who attend the Houston seminar and pass the test at the end will receive a Staking University certification.

Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are included in the cost of registration for the UCT show. Cost for attending the locating seminar is $275.

The first UCT DP&S conference was held at the 2010 show in Tampa. Attendance was strong and interest was high, justifying scheduling an expanded place on the 2011 program.

Kelly owns Walt Kelly Enterprises Inc. and provides a variety of services in the underground damage prevention field and frequently is called on as an expert witness in litigation involving utility accidents. Previously he served as director of the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety and on the board of directors of Gopher State (Minnesota) One-Call.

Parilac has been involved in utility construction since 1982 and established Staking University in 1998. He also owns Underground Focus magazine and Planet Underground, a resource for products and services related to underground utility damage prevention.

For more information about the Damage Prevention & Safety Conference, UCT, and to register on line, go to the UCT website, www.uctonline.com.

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