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MNCGA Forum 12/17

GSOC End of Year Update

Barb Cederberg, Gopher State One Call

Monday, December 4, 2017, GSOC passed the 800,000 ticket mark for the year. This is approximately a 4% increase in the number of tickets over the same time frame last year. The percentage of tickets submitted via the web reached 70.9% for the year through November. This compares to 66.3% web submitted tickets for last year through November. The GSOC Users Group had several meetings in the second half of the year. No issues were reported by the users related to the call center or the web ticketing system. The GSOC Users Group did talk about contact information on tickets and had a review of some new possible approaches to auto generated marking instructions. GSOC launched a new website and App in September.


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Snow Plow Marking Flags

Snow plow flagsAt some point in time, you’ve probably noticed small colored flags placed in your yard or around town by locators to identify underground utility lines. Recently, some snow plowing and property management companies have begun using these types of flags instead of traditional wood or fiberglass stakes to mark curbs, driveways, and other features to guide equipment operators when plowing. These flags may be blank or even labeled with a company logo or markings.

Gopher State One Call (GSOC) would like to remind everyone to take a few minutes and examine the various types of flags and markers that may be installed during this time of year, so that you can see the difference between plowing routes and underground utilities. It can be easy to mistake these snow plow flags as utility marking flags.

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2018 Minnesota Construction Summit

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Save the date for the upcoming Minnesota Construction Summit on January 9-10, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center! The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, Association of Women Contractors, and National Association of Minority Contractors have joined forces to offer this one and a half day comprehensive construction industry conference.

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What is Vacuum Excavation

Suction ExcavatorVacuum excavation or “soft dig” is a non-mechanical and less invasive method of excavation. A blast of air or water is first directed into the dig site to loosen soil and break up any large materials. It is categorized as air or hydro vacuum excavation depending on how the soil is broken down. An air vacuum hose is then used to remove the debris from the hole and transfer it to a specially designed tank. Stored spoil can be transported elsewhere or, if dry, re-used as fill. Hydro excavation prevents the re-use of wet material for refilling the hole.1

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Next GSOC Board Meeting, Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The next Gopher State One Call Board Meeting is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the GSOC offices 1110 Centre Pointe Curve, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120. The Open Session of the Board Meeting Starts at 9:00 am. If you plan to attend, please contact Barb Cederberg GSOC COO at 651-681-7303 or at Barbara.cederberg@gopherstateonecall.org.

GSOC Event Calendar

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    07/24/2019 1:00 PM - 07/24/2019 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-62355166983

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    07/31/2019 1:00 PM - 07/31/2019 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-62355167986

  • ITIC Excavator Webinar

    08/07/2019 1:00 PM - 08/07/2019 2:00 PM

    Registration Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsoc-itic-webinars-registration-62355168989

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