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2017 GSOC Annual Report

GSOCAnnualReport2017This year marks the 30th anniversary of Gopher State One Call (GSOC) receiving the first locate request in Minnesota. A lot of change, innovation, and stakeholder cooperation has occurred over these past 30 years. It is my pleasure to provide you with the GSOC results during 2017 and what GSOC is planning for 2018. First, thank you to all underground safety stakeholders for partnering in the protection of the underground infrastructure and the citizens of Minnesota. Second, 2017 was another year of increased GSOC ticket volume with 818,217 ticket requests (the third largest in the history of GSOC), and third, GSOC significantly increased investment in public awareness efforts. For 2018, GSOC is forecasting a 5.0% increase in ticket volume and will continue strong public awareness efforts.

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Private Facilities: Are They On Your Property?

Private underground facilities, also called customer-owned facilities, may be found anywhere, including your excavation site. Chapter 216D requires operators of lines buried in the public right-of-way to register with Gopher State One Call (GSOC), so these lines will be marked as the result of a locate request. Privately-owned facilities, like utility lines that serve heaters for hot tubs, gas barbecues, electric security lighting, invisible dog fences, farm taps, buried sprinklers systems, and many others, are not marked when locators respond to your GSOC request, since they are the owner’s responsibility. Let's take a look at some common types of private underground facilities.

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Minnesota Damage Prevention Meetings 2018

Every year, the Minnesota Common Ground Alliance (MNCGA), the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS), and Gopher State One Call (GSOC) work with local utility coordinating committees to host free damage prevention meetings throughout March and April. These educational meetings review safe digging practices designed to protect our state’s underground infrastructure. They provide important reminders for the excavating public before the spring excavating season begins.

During the meetings, each of the three sponsors focus on different areas. The MNCGA encourages industry stakeholders to join their organization to help raise damage prevention awareness, while GSOC covers any processing changes, updates, and common mistakes or errors made on locate tickets. MNOPS elaborates on case studies, frequent issues found in the field, and excavation rules and regulations in Minnesota.

So far in 2018, there are 25 meetings scheduled across the state, with more to be scheduled in April. Read more to see the dates and locations.

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Utility Markings in Snow

Winter Marks
Photo Credit: Dig Safe Canada

After filing a locate request with Gopher State One Call (GSOC), we notify the facility operators who have asked to receive requests for locates in the proposed excavation area. These facility operators dispatch locators to the site who mark the location of utilities with different colored paint or flags that correspond to specific utility types.

During the winter months, new or melting snow and ice can affect the visibility of locate marks. Always check the status of your ticket in GSOC’s Positive Response system before beginning your excavation to make sure all affected facility operators have responded. It’s easy! Just go to http://www.gopherstateonecall.org/ , click on the green Search for a Ticket (Search and Status) button, and then enter your ticket number and the state where excavation will take place.

Search and Status Button

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GSOC Event Calendar

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    07/18/2018 1:00 PM - 07/18/2018 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-46771893994

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    07/25/2018 1:00 PM - 07/25/2018 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-46771894997

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    08/01/2018 1:00 PM - 08/01/2018 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-46771896000

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    08/08/2018 1:00 PM - 08/08/2018 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-46771897003

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    08/15/2018 1:00 PM - 08/15/2018 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-46771898006

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