Texas is a big place – and your Damage Prevention Managers get around to every corner of it.
But – you may not know that we also take the occasional side trip.
Director of Damage Prevention JimBob Sims was down under in Australia recenty with the Australian version of 811 – Dial Before You Dig. You can see their website here: https://www.1100.com.au
JimBob was accompanied by Khrysanne Kerr, VP of Communications for the Common Ground Alliance, and Cindy Graham, also with Texas811 as well as his wife Cindy Sloan Sims.
What is Dial Before You Dig? “Dial Before You Dig is a free national referral service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services we use every day.”
The Australian and U.S. versions are strikingly similar. The Australian number to call is 1100, and is a free call like 811. Within two days excavators should receive plans from infrastructure owners which are the most common form of information detailing the location of their assets. Plans from asset owners provide information about the presence of asset infrastructure only and do not indicate the exact location. Plans should only be used as a guide.
And like Texas811, they can be reached by phone, through their website, or via a smart phone app.
Our Australian friends were established in 1999 as the Association of Australian Dial Before You Dig Services Ltd (AADBYDS Ltd) to provide a consistent national approach to the provision of the Dial Before You Dig service.
Like Texas811, Dial Before You Dig is a National Not-For-Profit group of State Associations consisting of Member organisations from Australia’s infrastructure asset owners and non-asset owners.
Each State Association is managed by State Managers and governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from the various infrastructure asset members.
Their core vision is “To reduce damage to our Members’ infrastructure assets and resulting loss and harm to the community.”
Of course, there’s much, much more. I encourage you to visit their website and see how it’s done in the land of kangaroos, koala bears, cricket matches and Australian Rules Football – which may best be described as organized legal mayhem. (correct me if I’m wrong, Aussies!)
In the interim, if you are in the Abilene area, make plans to attend the Big Country Safety Day and Mock Line Strike on Friday, September 22nd from 9am – 1pm. The location is the West Texas Central Council of Governments, 3702 Loop 322, Abilene, TX 79602. Contact local Damage Prevention Manager Jose Ortega, 972-989-6244 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and visit the website: http://dpcoftexas.com/special-events/big-country-safety-day
Until next week, safe digging!