ABCGA Ground Disturbance Supervisor Training

Course Duration
Course Description
This Ground Disturbance for Supervisors course has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.

The Ground Disturbance 201 Standard has been developed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance Training Standards Committee with input from the stakeholders in the ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention communities. It defines the minimum content and student evaluation requirements for classroom and online training programs suitable for those that wish to ultimately become ground disturbance supervisors. The Standard includes regulatory requirements, ground disturbance/buried facility damage prevention best practices and industry guidelines to provide students with the best information currently available. The Standard does not address the geotechnical aspects of safe excavation and trenching. The Standard is Alberta specific.

On successful completion of a training program endorsed by the ABCGA as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance Standard 201, the student will:

  • Understand competency, its components and why training is necessary
  • Understand the buried facility damage prevention process and the potential consequences of damaging buried facilities
  • Understand that damage prevention is a responsibility shared among the ground disturbance/damage prevention stakeholders
  • Know who those stakeholders are and their roles and responsibilities with respect to ground disturbance/damage prevention
  • Understand how a ground disturbance ought to be managed from regulatory, industry best practices and industry guidelines perspectives
  • Understand the need to conduct a search for existing buried facilities and appreciate the main sources of information
  • Understand the need to notify buried facility operators in advance of undertaking a ground disturbance from regulatory and industry perspectives
  • Understand the purpose of locates, what the marks mean, locate documentation and management of locates from regulatory, industry and corporate perspectives
  • Understand the need for continuous communication among all parties on a ground disturbance site and the purpose and benefits of pre-job and tailgate meetings
  • Understand the need to have and the benefits of having particular documentation on a ground disturbance site
  • Understand that regulatory requirements are minimums and that a successful ground disturbance will rely on a combination of regulatory, industry best practices, industry guidelines and corporate codes of practice considerations.
Module 1 – Definition, Words & Terms
  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words & terms related to ground disturbance

Module 2 – Regulations & Responsibilities
  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention of regulations
  • Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance

Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, & Agreements
  • Approvals common to ground disturbance
  • Various types of ground disturbance permits
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required

Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Planning
  • Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta & Saskatchewan regulations
  • Reclamation process
  • Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts

Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbance
  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure process for underground facilities
  • Backfill responsibilities

Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact
  • Historical damage to underground facilities
  • Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
  • Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
  • Strategies for preventing contact
  • How to prepare for a contact
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made
Who should attend?
This course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan and implement any kind of ground disturbance.
Certification Details
The certificate is valid for 3 years from the course completion date indicated on the certificate.
Open to Public This course is available for public registration as well as private on-site requests
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Location of Course:
Sydney, Nova Scotia