2019 Winter and Spring Educational Opportunities in Montana

From January-March 2019, Montana 811 is hosting FREE one-call excavator trainings throughout the state. ​These events are designed for professional excavators, contractors, and member utilities to learn about the one-call system, safe excavation, and understanding their rights and responsibilities under the updated Montana One Call Law. We will also cover studies of previous excavation accidents and how they could’ve been prevented. Feel free to ask any questions and make comments during these trainings. Whether you attend a morning or evening training, we will provide a meal. There will be two presentations:

Excavator Training

This training will cover:

  • Dept. of Labor and Industry – Underground Facilities Protection Program (DLI-UFPP) Statistics
  • Incident Report UFPAC Reviews
  • Ticket Submission Requirements
  • Safe Excavation Practices
  • Case Studies​

Locate Marks- Documenting and Maintaining

This training will cover:

  • Best practices for documenting and maintaining locate and white-lining marks
  • Taking good pictures prior to and during excavation to improve your damage documentation

Morning Schedule:
7:30 am – Breakfast Starts
8:00 am- Excavator Training
9:30 am – Locate Marks Documenting

Evening Schedule:
5:30 pm – Dinner Starts
6:00 pm – Excavator Training
8:00 pm – Locate Marks Documenting

*Registration on Eventbrite is required for the excavator trainings.
Go here to see dates/times and register for an excavator training near you: http://bit.ly/2S8i1zv

Save February 20-22, 2019 for the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors (MARLS) Conference! The MARLS “is a statewide organization of professional land surveyors licensed to execute land surveys in the State of Montana and dedicated to improving the quality of professional land surveying and land records in the state.”1 Attend the educational sessions during the conference to learn how to make your land surveying procedures safer and better.

Clint Kalfell, Montana 811 Program Coordinator and Trainer, will be hosting a damage prevention presentation at 3:15pm on February 22 to review the safe digging process. Come and learn about the underground infrastructure and the dangers of contacting a buried utility. Tell us what you think about how we can improve our internal processes to better serve our users. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have, and learn about what steps you can take towards underground damage prevention.

MARLS Conference Details

When: February 20-22, 2019
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton,
27 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59901

Early bird registration ends on Feb. 6. Go here for registration information: http://bit.ly/2R7ICYS

Save March 5-7 and 26-28, 2019, for the annual 2.5-day Billings and Kalispell Spring Water Schools! These events are designed for both entry-level and experienced water operators and managers. They feature an array of water and wastewater related topics, ranging from wells and lagoons, to process control of water treatment and activated sludge facilities, and onsite and industrial wastewater systems. A few other topics include preventive maintenance, safety, and current regulations. Nick Pericich, Montana Utility Coordinating Council (MUCC) Secretary/Treasurer with the City of Bozeman, will be presenting in Billings, while JP Gordon, MUCC President with NorthWestern Energy, will be presenting in Kalispell, both on behalf of Montana 811.

Billings and Kalispell Spring Water School Details

When: March 5-7, 2019- Billings
March 26-28, 2019- Kalispell
Where: Billings City College
Health Sciences Building
3803 Central Ave
Billings, MT 59102

Kalispell Flathead Valley Community College
Arts & Technology Building
777 Grandview Dr.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Pre-registration ends on Feb. 19 for Billings and March 12 for Kalispell. Go here for registration information: https://bit.ly/2UjhjfS

Check out the Montana 811 event calendar for information on other events here: http://bit.ly/2ElRfKB

Take advantage of these valuable educational opportunities. Getting buried public utility lines marked is the first step toward excavation safety. Attend these events to learn more!