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2014 Damage Prevention Summit

April 29, 2014 to April 30, 2014

This year’s Summit is a FREE, educational event for anyone interested in industry Best Practices and preventing damage to crucial underground facilities. The Summit brings together the best in the Excavation and Damage Prevention Industry to exchange the latest information and technology available to promote work place safety and communication.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in CPR/First Aid Workshop, Trenching and Shoring Competent Worker Workshop, Locate Rodeo, Exhibits, and Hear from National and Regional Leaders in Damage Prevention!

Whether you are an Excavator, Locator, Road Builder, Electric, Telecommunications, Oil, Gas Distribution, Gas Transmission, Railroad, One Call, Public Works, Equipment Manufacturing, State Regulator, Insurance, Emergency Services and Engineering/Design — anyone interested in a reduction of damages — you’ll want to register for this FREE Summit.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with subject matter experts, industry professionals and equipment manufacturers/vendors to review trends in the industry and emerging processes that will assist in preventing damage to underground facilities!

Summit Keynote Speakers

Cliff Meidl—Sponsored by Iowa One Call

Some speakers are excellent storytellers who borrow wonderful messages from the pages of history or fiction. Others speak from the heart and move us with their sensibility. Still others speak from the mind and motivate us with the power of their logic and the clarity of their ideas.

When Cliff Meidl speaks, however, his words have quite a special resonance.

  • He is an excellent storyteller — and the amazing story he tells us is his own.
  • He speaks from the heart — one that has grown big, humble, and generous by force of extreme pain, struggle, and courage.
  • He speaks from the mind — one that has learned crucial life lessons of survival and success, one tough step at a time.

Hearing Cliff is a truly powerful, life-changing experience. He combines professionalism, gracefulness, and his educational experiences to bring a clear, resounding message that applies to corporate America, organizations and individuals alike.

Cliff 's passion is to communicate his message of hope and courage. His presentations inspire, motivate, and generate practical ideas to overcome challenges big and small. 

Eric Giguere

Hear the near-death workplace accident story of Eric Giguere and learn why safety is so Important to your business!

Eric’s unique experience and his abilities to relate to those around him are a few of the compelling qualities he uses to captivate his audience and he drives the need for personal safety at work and home. As he tells his story, you can put yourself at the scene and feel the horror that everyone around there did. Every company should have their employees listen to his message. They will be able to relate THEMSELVES to Eric’s situation, and see how skipping small safety steps can lead to a catastrophic event. Eric tells his story from the point of view of the backhoe operator who had to help dig him out, the other employees with shovels, the supervisor who did not enforce safety, and his family, including how it still haunts them today. 


Tuesday April 29th

Time Event Speaker
8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast (provided)
9:00 – 12:00 CPR/First Aid IAMU Instructor
9:00 – 12:00 Trenching and Shoring Competent Person IAMU Instructor
9:00 – 12:00 Locate 101 (Short intro prior to Rodeo) Travis Beran – Subsurface Solutions
Locate Rodeo Dave Van Wy – JULIE, Inc.
Noon – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 4:00 CPR/First Aid IAMU Instructor
1:00 – 4:00 Trenching and Shoring Competent Person IAMU Instructor
1:00 – 4:00 Locate 101 (Short intro prior to Rodeo) Travis Beran – Subsurface Solutions
Locate Rodeo Dave Van Wy – JULIE, Inc.
4:00 – 7:00 Reception - Old Chicago Restaurant
2732 SE Delaware Ave. #101, Ankeny, IA
Join us for Food, Beverages,And Fun!

Wednesday April 30th

Time Event Speaker
7:30 – 8:30 Registration
Breakfast (provided)
Networking Opportunity
Vendor Area Open
8:30 – 9:30 Opening Keynote Speaker
“I Was Buried Alive and Survived”
Eric Giguere
9:30 – 10:00 Networking Break Vendor  Area Open
10:00 – 10:50   Legislative Roundtable TBD
11:00 – Noon  
(2 Tracks)
ASCE 38-02 Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data – Who, What, When and Where? John Barber -Survey Group Leader Snyder & Associates
One Call Resources Workshop Jim Holzer — Director of Marketing One Call Concepts
Noon – 1:00 Lunch (Provided)
Vendor Area Open
1:00 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker
“Be a Hero. Respect the Flags”
Cliff Meidl
2:00 – 2:15 Networking Break Vendor Area Open
2:15 – 3:15
(2 Tracks)
What To Expect During an OSHA Inspection Mike Whitmore — Iowa OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
Pat Donovan — Engineering Specialist, Minnesota Office  of Pipeline Safety
3:15 – 3:30 Common Ground Iowa


Best Western North, 133 SE Delaware, Ankeny, IA 50021 (515-964-1717)  
Single $60 + tax. Mention Common Ground Iowa to get the Summit rate.

Sponsorship And Vendor Opportunities

Click here for information regarding sponsorship and vendor options. Current 2014 Damage Prevention Summit Sponsors


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