October 2021 DIRT

There’s Still Time to Register for the 2021 MWDPTC!

Register now for the 9th annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference, happening Nov. 10-12 in idyllic French Lick, Indiana! Join hundreds of damage prevention professionals, such as facility operators, locators, emergency officials, excavators, regulators, engineers and more, for a week filled with the perfect mix of educational and networking opportunities.
This year’s event will feature various educational sessions taught by subject matter experts, as well as keynote speakers Josh Bleill and Ricky Rollins. You won’t want to miss networking opportunities on Nov. 10, such as horseback riding through the rolling hills of Indiana’s countryside, the annual golf tournament at French Lick Resort’s Donald Ross Course, and clay pigeon shooting at West Baden Stables.
Visit www.Midwest811Conference.com to learn more or register today!

Sessions at the MWDPTC

The impressive lineup of sessions at the Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference will feature subject matter experts discussing safety tips and latest best practices in the industry, as well as relevant law updates and current industry trends. Attendees will attend a variety of sessions designed for all members of the industry, such as “Launched! Monitoring Solutions for Infrastructure Operators from the Space Economy,” “A More Efficient, Responsive and Safer Damage Prevention Ecosystem,” “Hidden Secrets of Utility Coordination from a Contractor’s Perspective,” “Storytelling Brain,” and “Adapt and Overcome: How to Properly Manage Change and Create Innovation.”
Attendees can also receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for attending sessions at the MWDPTC. Visit our website to view the session schedule and plan which sessions you’d like to attend at the 2021 MWDPTC!

The Fourth Annual “I Dig Summer” Concludes

Each summer, Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 host the “I Dig Summer” Contest, encouraging excavators to submit locate requests online using Indiana 811’s online ticketing system. During this year’s contest between May 26 and Sept. 1, participants who submitted locate requests online through Exactix Pro, Indiana 811’s new online ticketing system, skipped hold times on the phone and were entered to win monetary prizes which totaled $3,400. Additionally, all new Exactix Pros who had never submitted an online ticket to Indiana 811 received a free “I Dig Summer” contest T-shirt! Indiana 811 would like to thank all “I Dig Summer” participants and remind all excavators to continue to save time by submitting locate requests through Exactix!

Exactix Feature – Attach Photos to Your Locate Request at Creation!

Did you know that Exactix has a feature that allows you to attach photos and other documents to your ticket when you create it? This is another communication tool that allows you to add information that was not collected while creating your locate request, such as a visual reference or projected timelines.
Check out this instructional video to learn more about how to attach photos and documents to your next ticket request.

INPAA Corner

INPAA recently attended the Fire and Life Safety Open House at Sugar Creek Fire Department  and presented an “After the Hit” presentation to first responders at the Indiana Emergency Response Conference in Indianapolis. Additionally, INPAA participated in Speedway Community Day and sponsored a Touch-A-Truck event.
Tune in to radio stations all across Indiana from South Bend to Evansville this fall to hear the natural gas message from INPAA. Throughout October and November, INPAA will have a total of 2,046 spots and an estimated 1,087,000 impressions to educate the public on Natural Gas Safety.