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Register for Your Local Damage Prevention Meeting

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The Minnesota Common Ground Alliance invites all who share the goal of preventing damages and increasing awareness for the use of best practices to register for their local Damage Prevention meeting. DP meetings are held by and for the excavation community each year in March and April. They are focused on safe digging and best practices education. 

To find a DP meeting in your area, or to organize your own, please visit the MNCGA website: http://www.mncga.com/events/2020-03/

How to Submit Precise Marking Instructions on Your Ticket and Mark the Excavation Area in White

Gopher State One Call wants you to have a safe and successful excavation process. Providing precise marking instructions is a critical step to ensuring a smooth locate by assisting the locator to work more efficiently and effectively. After providing the general location of a proposed excavation via the address or corresponding driving directions, you’ll be asked to include specific details and instructions about the area you need marked. These details are required for precise marking instructions.

To allow the facility operator to fully understand the jobsite, use the marking instructions section of your ticket to enter detailed information about the excavation site. Think ahead about how best to describe any specific needs or situations that a facility operator or locator may need to know.

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2019 Ticket Volume and Ticket Seasonality

Gopher State One Call annually compiles its ticket submission and transmission volumes. Information like this is shared to help make a correlation between one call center ticket and/or transmission volume to damages or events that have occurred. Receiving ticket and transmission volumes from one call centers allows stakeholders to review more accurate projections and to determine the cause and possible solutions for damages to subsurface installations.1

 

We can glean a lot of interesting information from reading our one call notification center data, including identifying digging patterns. This chart from our 2019 review shows the amount of tickets we received throughout the year and lists each ticket type.

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‘Learn From the Unexpected’ with Gopher State One Call

Back on December 6, we hinted at a new social media campaign we were working on with our Chief Operations Officer, Barb Cederberg. We’re proud to announce our latest project: Learn From the Unexpected.

What is Learn From the Unexpected? It’s a Facebook campaign that invites members of the excavation community to share stories so the industry can work smarter and stay safe. Tell GSOC about a time when you were on the job and encountered something you didn’t expect. How did you resolve it, and what was the end result?

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Martin Luther King Day closure - Monday Jan, 20th

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We will be taking calls for emergency locates only on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but remember, you can file a ticket online 24/7. NOTE: Monday will not count towards your standard 48 hour notice when filing a locate, so please plan accordingly.

GSOC Event Calendar

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    01/29/2020 1:00 PM - 01/29/2020 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-79372105103

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    02/05/2020 1:00 PM - 02/05/2020 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-79372107109

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    02/12/2020 1:00 PM - 02/12/2020 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-79372109115

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    02/26/2020 1:00 PM - 02/26/2020 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-79372113127

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