Journal of Commerce – Safe Digging Month Interview

The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance held a contractor’s breakfast on April 1 to highlight the importance of excavation awareness and to ring in “National Safe Digging Month.” BCCGA Executive Director Dr. Dave Baspaly spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the importance of the…

FREE Contractor’s Breakfast – Only 2 more days to register!

Our first FREE contractors’ breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 1st, 2014 from 7 to 8 am.  We are expecting 300 attendees. Please distribute the invitation and poster to all of your members and contacts. Please register online here by Friday March 28, 2014. Ground disturbers –…

April is Safe Digging Month

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

April – Safe Digging Month & Contractor Breakfast

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

CCGA Report on Damages

The CCGA’s Report on Damages is now available on the CCGA website. The Canadian Common Ground Alliance released its first national report  on damage to buried infrastructure. The report, drawing consistent data from Québec, Ontario and British Columbia, determined buried infrastructure in Canada is damaged an…

Damage Information Reporting – Call for Data

How many damages occur each year?
 What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
 Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?  These are some of the many questions that the BCCGA is working to answer through the collection of data in BC. …

February Fast Facts

Locating Workshops EECOL Electric, Radiodetection (Utility Locate Systems) & Sensors & Software Inc. (Ground Penetrating Radar Systems) are proud to present their annual “The ABC’s of Underground Utilities, Cable and Pipe Locating Workshops.”   For more information, please click HERE. Beer for Safety Social Event In…

January Fast Facts

Member / Board Meeting February 5, 2014 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Spectra Energy Boardroom We will have a special presentation by Natalie Moreau, Directrice générale, Prévention et affaires publiques, APISQ on the Evaluation of the Social Costs of Damage to Buried Infrastructure.  This presentation will include a comprehensive classification of…

Announcing BCCGA Best Practices Version 3.0

The BCCGA is proud to announce the latest version of the BCCGA Best Practices. Best Practices Version 3.0 was developed to explain the types of activities that are considered optimal for worker safety, public safety and damage prevention during excavation. These guidelines have been developed…

Reminder of BCCGA Member / Board Meeting

Our next Member/Board meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2014 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Spectra Energy on West Georgia Street in Vancouver.  Coffee and networking will start at 9:30 am. We will have a special presentation by Natalie Moreau, Directrice générale, Prévention et…

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at YWCA Hotel Vancouver – Canfor & Royal Bank Room at 733 Beatty St The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) June 4, 2014 October 8, 2014 Approximate timing…

Member and Board Meeting

The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 – Spectra Energy April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) – Location TBD June 4, 2014 – Spectra Energy October 8, 2014 – Location TBD Approximate timing will be 9:30 am to…

2013 Report to Members

In our 2013 Report to Members, we have outlined our progress towards our strategic priorities. This year, we continued to provide valuable education and awareness initiatives to improve the culture of safety in British Columbia.  These educational sessions provide a valuable link with the construction community,…

2013 DIRT Report for the Year 2012

One free phone call can reduce the likelihood of potentially dangerous incidents. The BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) has found that the majority of reported damage to underground infrastructure could be prevented with a free telephone call. The 2013 BC Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)…

2014 Member and Board Meeting Schedule

The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) June 4, 2014 October 8, 2014 Locations will be announced early in the new year.  Approximate timing will be 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Note…

What’s New in Underground Safety…

Thank you to everyone who attended our Member meeting on October 16th.  Look for the 2014 meeting schedule to be published before the end of November. ——————————————————————————————– Reminder – Kamloops DigSafe session is scheduled for November 6th.   Register Now! The CGA Damage Prevention Professional Fall…

Register Now! Fort St. John and Kamloops

We have scheduled two sessions of  DigSafe BC! and registration is now open. Sessions run from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm with registration starting at 7:00 am.   Cost is $150 per person. Fort St. John – October 23, 2013, Pomeroy Hotel – Register Now! Kamloops – November…

Register for our Social Event – October 17th

Safety Geeks…. We are hosting our 3rd annual, world famous bowling for safety on October 17, 2013 at Grandview Bowling Centre on Commercial Drive from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Cost is $20 per person and includes shoes, bowling and a whole lotta fun! Everyone…

Registration Deadline October 1st – DigSafe Langley

Langley – CLAC – October 8, 2013 – 19955 81A Avenue Phone 604-888-7220 or email bctraining@clac.ca to register. Session will run from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm with registration starting at 7:00 am.   Cost is $150 per person (note that CLAC members may attend the Langley session for free). Who’s this for?…

CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium – November 12 to 14th

The first Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium will be held in Kananaskis, Alberta, from November 12 to 14th, 2013. This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders and is an excellent opportunity to network with peers from across Canada and share knowledge and ideas. Sessions…

Call for DIRT Data Submissions for 2012

  How many damages occur each year?
 What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
 Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?  These are some of the many questions that the BCCGA is working to answer through the collection of data in…

Advanced Underground Cable and Pipe Locating Seminar – July 25

ADVANCED UNDERGROUND CABLE AND PIPE LOCATING SEMINAR When:  July 25, 2013 [NOT June 25th as distributed yesterday]. Where:  Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, Surrey, BC This program covers the full spectrum of what locate staff needs to know to get the job done safely, efficiently and, most importantly, with confidence. For…

National Energy Board Safety Forum – June 5 and 6 in Calgary

The National Energy Board invites you to attend the upcoming Safety Forum 2013 on June 5th and 6th at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park, Calgary.  Registration for this no cost event is available until 17 May 2013. Oil and Gas Industry Safety Management Issues to Be Discussed Building and Maintaining…

Contractor Breakfast – Kelowna April 30th ~ 7 to 8:30 am

High voltage lines, oil and gas pipelines, water, sewer and fiber optics lines lie in networks underground. The consequences of damage to buried facilities must be well understood and avoided. Fortis BC, WorkSafeBC and the BC Safety Authority invite you and your crews to a FREE contractor’s…

Contractor Breakfasts – Quesnel and Prince George

Two locations and dates to choose from: Quesnel Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ~ 7:00 to 8:00 am Sandman Hotel, 940 Chew Road Prince George Thursday, April 25, 2013 ~ 7:00 to 8:00 am Prince George Civic Centre 808 Civic Plaza Register by Friday, April 19, 2013*…

Notice of Annual General Meeting – April 11, 2013

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 11, 2013  from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Spectra Energy, 1100 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC. The Agenda and Minutes from last year are available for your reference. The status of Stakeholder Seats that are up for election…

April is Safe Digging Month!

April 2013 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

ASTTBC Unveils Plan to Prevent Skill Shortages

BC must fill more than 8,000 new job openings for technologists and technicians by 2020 – every job an opportunity for young BC adults!  But our economy faces costly skill shortages, because technology career opportunities have been overlooked and under-promoted. Introducing a “Strategic Plan for…

Safe Digging Month – Vancouver Sun Opportunity

April 2013 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners alike follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and…

Digging Deep

Every day in B.C., excavation crews are responsible for an average of 13 hits to underground infrastructure. And each hit to a utility line — be it gas, electrical, water and sewer, or fibre optics — represents a potential danger to the crews involved. Read more…

Excavation Focus Groups

The BC Common Ground Alliance, in partnership with Fortis BC, is undertaking a series of focus groups in Metro Vancouver to dialogue with excavation professionals during the month of February 2013. We will likely hold three separate meetings in the Fraser Valley and in the Vancouver area. Walter…

Happy Holidays from BC Common Ground Alliance

  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued participation and support in making the BCCGA a recognized leader in safety. The BCCGA will continue to evolve in 2013, providing a clear voice for improved worker and public safety in connection with…

Member / Board Meetings ~ 10 am to 2 pm

The 2013 face to face meeting schedule is as follows: Member / Board Meeting ~ Thursday, February 7, 2013 Annual General Meeting / Board Meeting ~ Thursday, April 11, 2013 Member / Board Meeting ~ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Member / Board Meeting ~ Wednesday, October 16, 2013…

BCCGA Strategic Priorities Summary for the 2012 Year

This year the BCCGA has made great strides in visibility, engagement, and service delivery.  In addition to continuing our education and awareness programs, we have launched the first annual Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, representing our first attempt to quantify damage to underground infrastructure…

New Dig Laws in Washington State

After three years and a great deal of input from stakeholders, the Washington Legislature passed E2SHB-1634, the Underground Utilities Damage Prevention Act, in 2011. The intent of the legislation was to build and improve upon the existing dig law by addressing federal standards along with…

Surrey Memorial Hospital Excavation Mishap

Surrey Memorial Hospital diverting patients to other hospitals after flooding. A watermain break Monday morning apparently caused by an excavation crew mishap has crippled the ability to provide emergency and other medical care at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Read more… and an update…

BCCGA Bowl-O-Rama Safety Extravaganza!!!!

Join us for our second annual social event at The Zone Bowling Centre & Big River Brew Pub on November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm for some fun and networking. Cost is $30 plus HST per person.  Registration closes November 20, 2012 at 5 pm.…

8th Annual CGA Excavation Safety Conference

  8th Annual CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo March 12-14, 2013  •  West Palm Beach, FL Join nearly 2,000 damage prevention professionals from 9 countries for: OVER 50 CONFERENCE SESSIONS: More than 50 educational sessions are in development, and each one is specifically targeted…

Free Contractor Breakfast ~ Chetwynd ~ November 6th

The Fall 2012 Contractors Breakfast is coming and you’re invited!  Mark your calendars for the morning of Tuesday, November 6 in Chetwynd. Hosted by Spectra Energy and Pembina Pipeline, this free breakfast event is open to any company or individual that has the potential to conduct…

BCCGA Bowl-O-Rama Safety Extravaganza!!!!

Join us for our second annual social event at The Zone Bowling Centre & Big River Brew Pub on November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm for some fun and networking.  Cost is $30 plus HST per person.  Registration closes November 7, 2012 at 5 pm. Price includes appetizers,…

Member/Board Meeting Reminder – October 18th

The BCCGA is pleased to have Mike McKenna of the BC Construction Safety Alliance present at our Member/ Board on October 18th, 2012.  The BCCSA is industry’s safety voice working to develop health and safety programs, tools and resources for over 40,000 construction employers and…

Vancouver Sun and News1130 Reports

On October 1st and 2nd, 2012, the Vancouver Sun and News 1130 reported that work crews are failing to call before they dig.  Read more… Vancouver Sun – October 1, 2012 Vancouver Sun – October 2, 2012 News 1130 – October 2, 2012

DigSafe BC! in Langley…October 16, 2012 – REGISTER NOW

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Location: CLAC Langley – 19955 81A Ave, Unit 100, Langley BC Time: 7:45am – 4:30pm Registration & Coffee:  7:00am – 7:45am Cost:  Free to CLAC members and $150 to non-members To register and for more information email: bctraining@clac.ca. Note that registrations…

CGA DIRT Report for 2011

Common Ground Alliance’s 2011 DIRT Report Confirms Importance of Calling 811 Before Digging in Damage Prevention Process WASHINGTON (Sept. 13, 2012) – Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, today announced findings from its comprehensive 2011…

CanWest Hort Show

The CanWest Hort Show has been the meeting place for buyers and sellers of BC’s nursery, floriculture and landscape industry for over 30 years. They are Western Canada’s largest horticultural trade show with over 3,000 industry professionals visiting 350+ booths over a 2-day period. The show is September…

CanWest Horticulture Show ~ September 19 and 20

The CanWest Hort Show has been the meeting place for buyers and sellers of BC’s nursery, floriculture and landscape industry for over 30 years. They are Western Canada’s largest horticultural trade show with over 3,000 industry professionals visiting 350+ booths over a 2-day period. The show is September…

Resources on our Website

The Field Resources pages on our website includes a number of useful resources. In addition to a page for our Best Practices Version 2.0, the Field Resources – Other Resources  page includes Legislation and Regulations, Toolbox Meeting Guides, Monthly Common Ground Updates and Damage Prevention Professional…

Professional Builder’s Institute of BC AGM

You are invited to attend the Professional Builders’ Institutes’ Annual General Meeting on Thursday September 27th, 2012. The keynote speaker for the AGM Dinner is Cliff Meidl,  who has been extensively involved in promoting the use of the US 811 “call before you dig” service throughout the…

Professional Builders’ Institute of BC AGM ~ Sept. 27, 2012

You are invited to attend the Professional Builders’ Institutes’ Annual General Meeting on Thursday September 27th, 2012. The keynote speaker for the AGM Dinner is Cliff Meidl,  who has been extensively involved in promoting the use of the US 811 “call before you dig” service throughout…

CSA 5250 ~ Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure

CSA S250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure is derived from mapping best practices and internal utility company mapping standards.  The standard covers: Management programs, types, characteristics and lifecycle of mapping records. Accountabilities and responsibilities of the owner, the locator and the excavator. Reliability and accuracy of mapping records: methods…

BC Construction Safety Association Contractor Breakfasts

BCCGA supports the endeavours of BC Construction Safety Alliance in their goal of continual improvement in safety.  We encourage you to attend at least one of their two free Breakfasts. The next BCCSA Breakfasts for the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley regions are here! As your industry…

Mandatory One-Call Law Passes in Ontario

Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) from all three provincial political parties worked together in the spirit of collaboration to pass Bill 8, Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 (Bill 8), a move that makes Ontario the Canadian leader in safe digging practices. The…

CanWest Horticultural Show Booth Camp 2012

The BCLNA and CanWest are offering a 1-day ‘Booth Camp’ for exhibitors, which is taking place on June 14 in Langley with trade show expert, Barry Siskind.   Barry is one of the leading experts in the world when it comes to teaching companies how to exhibit successfully at…

Utility Locating and Damage Investigation Webinars

Excavation Safety University is offering two courses in May: Damage Investigation Webinar – Tuesday May 22nd at 8 am PST, 2 hours, $125 For Additional Information and to Register CLICK HERE  Utility Locating Webinar Series – Thursday May 24th at 8 am PST, 5 hours, $375 For Additional Information and to…

Best Practice Committee – Call for Members

On behalf of Andrew Mark, Chair of the Best Practice Committee, we are about to begin work on Best Practices Version 3.0.  If you are interested in participating in the development of Best Practices in BC, please email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca by April 18th.   Time and…

Advanced Underground Cable & Pipe Locating Seminar

Two of our members, Linestar Utility Supply Inc. and Vivax Metrotech, are offering an Advanced Underground Cable and Pipe Locating Seminar following our Contractor Breakfast on April 18th at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel. For detailed information on the Learning Objectives, Agenda and Registration, please…

April is Safe Digging Month…

April is Safe Digging Month.  Please help raise awareness by including the Safe Digging Month banner on your website and in your email tag line. We would love to buy you and your team breakfast on April 18th in Surrey at our Contractors Breakfast.  For…

CRTC Denies CCGA Application for Shared Use of 811

It is with disappointment that the CCGA, its Regional Partners across Canada and its National Stakeholders, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association, announce the CRTC decision to deny our application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. For a Telecom…

NEB Releases Damage Prevention Framework

The National Energy Board released its Damage Prevention Framework on February 29, 2012.   The framework is made up of a number of regulatory tools which establish the NEB’s mandate, describe requirements for pipeline companies and people planning activities near pipelines, and provide guidance on how to…