Virtual Sessions


We will be giving out a $100 gift card at the end of each session Register and attend for your chance to win.

Wednesday, March 10

Virtual Sessions

2020, Who Saw This Coming?

9:00 – 10:00     

Susan Bohl – OKIE811

Who could have predicted an international pandemic would hit the US in 2020?  Did we somehow know something like this was coming?  Over the last three years at OKIE811, we have been transforming the way we serve our industry and our key stakeholders.  Little did we know the transformations we were implementing would serve us so well in a time of shutdown and isolation. In retrospect, it almost seemed like we saw this coming.   

Join us to hear more from Susan Bohl, Executive Director of OKIE811, as she shares her insights, the techniques employed during an unprecedented year of change, and how she led the organization in making 2020 the best year of the 41 years since business began.  She will even share some insights she has for 2021! 

Web Ticket Entry

10:30 – 11:30

Lois Warren & Megan Jester – OKIE811

70% of all locate requests are submitted through our website or APP. It is available 24/7, provides mapping to pinpoint your excavation site, and can be used for first request and updates. If you are new to putting in web tickets or want to know how to do it more efficiently, let our Contact Center Supervisors Lois and Megan show you how to use Web Ticket Entry. 

Scope of Locate Requests

12:00 – 1:00

Megan Jester & Luke Turman – OKIE811

OKIE811 processes over 3,500 locate request tickets every day. Locators are tasked with processing these tickets prior to the “work to begin” date and time. Understanding of how the scope of work on your request can improve communication with the locators is vital for the efficiency of your request. Contact Center Supervisors Megan and Luke will share tips with you on how to properly detail the scope of work for your excavation project. 

Safe Trenching & Excavation

1:30 – 2:30

Buddy Meyers – XCEL

“Competent Person” means one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them. 

After successful completion of this course, you can be an Appointed Competent Person. You will have the knowledge and understanding to perform: 

  • Soil Evaluations
  • Daily Inspections 
  • Shoring and Sloping Evaluations 
  • Stop Work Authority

Managing and Leading People Not Like You

3:00 – 4:00

James Cross – Energy Worldnet

Managing and leading people, especially those who are not necessarily like you, can be difficult and sometimes unpleasant. There are many factors that can contribute to the creation of a strong, positive team that functions at its fullest potential and appreciates each member’s unique contributions. In this session we will explore the steps involved in building trust, organizing roles and responsibilities based on skillsets, setting the bar high, dealing with conflict, and encouraging professional growth.

Exhibitor Hour

4:00 – 5:00

Hosted by Energy Worldnet

Join us as we talk with our exhibitors and sponsors about damage prevention. We will learn about their company products or services and their roles in damage prevention in the state of Oklahoma. Be ready to learn about them and have a chance to win prizes 

Thursday, March 11

Virtual Sessions

Damage Happens - What's Next?

9:00 – 10:00

CMR – Claims Management Resources

Excavators and Operators of underground facilities work together to prevent damage. But when an accident does occur, what steps should each party take to process the insurance claims correctly? Claims Management Resources will provide instruction on how to be better prepared for damage claims. 

Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act Enforcement

10:30 – 11:30

John Harper – OCC

The Damage Prevention Act designates Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the enforcement authority with respect to pipelines. John Harper, Pipeline Safety Department Supervisor of OCC, will provide information of their authority and enforcement of the law.  

Upcoming Legislation Affecting
One-Call Services

12:00 – 1:00

Susan Bohl – OKIE811

There are proposals to update the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act. Susan Bohl, Executive Director of OKIE811, will explain potential changes and how they may affect One-Call services.

Line Locating

1:30 – 2:30

Jason Crowe – Green Equipment Company

Jason Crowe brings years of experience in line locating to provide us an understanding of the technology used to locate underground lines. Accurate line locating is crucial in damage prevention and keeping workers safe during an excavation project.  

Why We Do What We Do

3:00 – 4:00

M.G. Govia, OKIE811

Every 9 minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone failed to contact 811 before digging. Let us discuss the repercussions of that damage. It is time to look at damage prevention as more than just stats.  

M.G. Govia, Education and Outreach Liaison of OKIE811, will share his vision of promoting damage prevention through storytelling. Damage prevention saves lives, and ultimately that is why we do what we do.