PelicanCorp will play a big role in the inaugural Oceania Damage Prevention Conference, to be held in Queensland at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 August 2018.
The event is being produced by Oceania Damage Prevention (ODP), an organisation co-founded by PelicanCorp and Infrastructure Resources of the US, a trusted source for damage prevention and public awareness expertise and solutions for the utility and excavation industry.
Also, PelicanCorp’s subsidiaries in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand that provide dial before you dig services in those countries are supporting the event in their own right.
The conference will focus on “Drawing on the Power of Collaboration” to discuss initiatives and progress in the prevention of damage to underground infrastructure across the Oceania region, along with collaboration and other approaches to achieve best practice in damage prevention.
The event will feature more than 30 plenary and concurrent conference sessions, collaboration sessions, networking functions and roundtable discussions as well as a trade exhibition and conference dinner.
It will focus on initiatives and progress across the Oceania region, but will also draw on best practices from around the world.
Specifically it will compare North American damage tracking practices with those in Australia, including a review of the Common Ground Alliance’s best practices, its DIRT report that tracks damage incidents around the US.
Speakers will also look at the pluses and minuses of damage prevention legislation in different countries and highlight the best public awareness programs from around the world.
Registration opens on the 20th and there is a welcome reception in the evening before the conference gets underway the following morning.
The organisers have also signed up media sponsors from the US and Australia. These include, from the US, the quarterly, Damage Prevention Professional, which reaches over 70,000 readers in print and digital formats; the Excavation Safety Guide, also from the US, an annual publication offering in-depth articles written by industry experts that outline the excavation process from pre-planning to job completion; and Australia’s only dedicated utility magazine, Utility. It covers utility engineering, construction and maintenance and is free to all utility professionals in Australia.
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