December 2014

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Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference Sells Out in Second Year
The 2014 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC), hosted by title sponsors Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811, was held Nov. 5-7 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., and was a huge success. This second annual event sold out with more than 370 attendees. Facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, engineers and other professionals who work near underground utilities from around the region joined together for networking and damage prevention education.

Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 were joined by 32 sponsors and 42 vendors from across the country. The conference kicked off with a welcome reception, as well as a golf tournament at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Golf Course. Other highlights of the 2014 MWDPTC included a keynote speech by First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.), one of the heroes immortalized in the film "Black Hawk Down" and the 2004 book "The Battle of Mogadishu," which tell the story of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent to Somalia in 1993 as part of a United Nations peacekeeping operation. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in 12 different educational sessions focused on damage prevention best practices, law, and workplace safety for industry professionals.

The third annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference will take place Nov. 11-13, 2015 at the French Lick Resort. Visit in February for more information about the 2015 MWDPTC.

ReliabilityOne Awards Name Vectren Outstanding Midsize Utility 
Indiana 811 would like to congratulate Vectren on receiving the 2014 ReliabilityOne™ Award for Outstanding Midsize Utility, which recognizes electric utilities for outage prevention and reduction performance. Organized by PA Consulting Group, Inc., ReliabilityOne Awards are presented to electric utilities that provide their customers with the highest level of reliability in the industry. Since 2011, Vectren customers have experienced a decrease in electric outages by more than 35 percent. The average length of customer outages improved by 20 percent and now averages about 90 minutes, compared to 110 minutes in 2011. This award is a testament to Vectren’s damage prevention efforts.

CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo Returns This Spring
The annual CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo will return for its tenth year this spring, from March 10-12, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. The conference will offer more than 50 sessions and workshops focused on damage prevention, as well as multiple networking functions. The conference is a great opportunity to learn from experienced damage prevention professionals and gain insight into what is going on underground. Register here by Friday, Dec. 19 to take advantage of early bird discounts, which could mean hundreds of dollars in savings if your organization is sending several attendees. Visit for additional information. 


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