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Four Corners Damage Prevention Meetings
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Join the Four Corners Damage Prevention Council for the 2019 Four Corners Damage Prevention Meetings in Farmington, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs and Cortez on February 26th, March 4th, 5th and 6th. These meetings will focus on legislative updates for both Colorado 811 and New Mexico 811.

Don’t miss out of the free meals, giveaways and swag!

Meeting details for each location:

Farmington Meeting – February 26, 2019 at 6:30am REGISTER HERE

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Farmington

Ignacio Meeting – March 4, 2019 at 11:30am and 5:30pm MORNING REGISTRATION and EVENING REGISTRATION

Location: Sky Ute Casino

Morning Meeting: Excavator Lunch presentation and legislative updates for both Colorado and New Mexico. Evening Meeting: Emergency Responders presentation and legislative updates for both Colorado and New Mexico.

Pagosa Springs Meeting – March 5, 2019 at 11:30am REGISTER HERE

Location: The Springs

Cortez Meeting – March 6, 2019 at 6:30am REGISTER HERE

Location: Cortez Conference Center

 

 

 

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By Whitney Nichols
Legislative Software Enhancements – For Colorado 811 Members
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The Colorado Legislature passed new legislation which affects our industries in many ways. The Legislature wants to improve excavation safety to protect critical utility assets and save lives.

The 2018 changes in the law will now require all of us to do business differently; excavators, facility owners, locate services and your utility notification center Colorado 811. Colorado 811 is working extremely hard to implement the changes in the law that directly affect Colorado 811 and the changes rely in part on new software.

In 2018, Colorado 811 communicated to the membership some upcoming software changes driven by the new law. We are diligently working to complete the development and testing of software enhancements that will allow us to process new ticket types and provide our stakeholders a higher level of service and meet legislated mandates. Development also continues for delivery of notifications to our Tier Two Members as required by the new legislation. We understand the urgency to complete these mandates while ensuring accurate and timely notifications to all our members.

As we deliver the software enhancements we want to assure our members that we intend to ‘get it right the first time’. We understand our members’ expectations to develop, test and deploy software enhancements timely and in a way that will not adversely affect their ability to serve the excavating community.

Our first new software deployment will begin on January 28, 2019, and will include the following: new ticket delivery format, Tier Two ticket deliveries and new positive response codes.

Colorado 811 has been working bi-weekly with the State of Colorado Division of Oil & Public Safety (OPS) throughout the transition period with both entities sharing progress updates. The new Safety Commission has been established and the Safety Commission and CO811 will be communicating with stakeholders in unison. We are providing numerous educational opportunities including seminars, website postings and media interviews. We have received positive feedback on our efforts as we continue with our deployment of new services and a joint public awareness campaign.

NEW SOFTWARE APPLICATION RELEASE DATES:
Member Delivery:
01/28/2019: Ticket Delivery to Tier Two Members
01/28/2019: New Delivery Format for tickets

WebTMS Software Enhancements: 
TBD: Update to current software, which will align with legislative changes

Positive Response: 
01/28/2019New Positive Response Codes
01/28/2019New Positive Response website (allowing attachments such as sketches)
03/01/2019Positive Response Re-Notification – when no response is received by Colorado 811, members will be re-notified

Ticket Entry Software Enhancements:
Week of 01/28/2019Road Grading (county agencies only)
Week of 01/28/2019Subsurface Utility Engineering – software to implement new requirements related to utility design work
Week of 01/28/2019Secondary Excavators can be added to tickets (for potholing purposes)
Week of 01/28/2019Excavator Re-Notification (replacing Second Notice Request)
Week of 01/28/2019: Dig site buffer change to minimum of 150ft (currently 250ft)
TBD: Excavator Ticket Attachment

Web Ticket Entry Software Enhancements: 

  • Secondary Excavators can be added to tickets (for potholing purposes)
  • Excavator Re-Notification (Replacing Second Notice Request – when locates are not timely)
  • Dig site buffer change to minimum of 150ft (currently 250ft)
  • Excavator Ticket Attachments allowing notes and sketches to be attached

*Currently testing the above enhancements, more information to come.*

REMINDERS FOR ALL TIER TWO MEMBERS:

  • Underground utility location requests (or tickets) sent to Tier Two members as required by law now are for informational purposes only and should NOT be used to locate facilities
  • Tier Two members are required to accept locate information directly from excavators

Please visit our website regularly and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.

For software questions, please contact:

Systems Administrator – Tariq Abdul-Ghafur
[email protected]
o. 303.205.6303 | c.  303.810.5113
IT Support Engineer – Scott May
[email protected]
p. 303.205.6327 | c. 303.570.3715
Director of Information Technology – Juan Ruiz
[email protected]
c.  720.254.3760

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By Whitney Nichols
2018 Holiday Closure Reminder
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Colorado 811 observes all federal holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The observation of federal holidays will require an additional business day in regards to the mark-by-date.

Please review the mark-by-dates for the upcoming holidays below:

  • Locate requests processed on December 21st will be due Wednesday, December 26th at 11:59pm
  • Locate requests processed on December 24th will be due on Thursday, December 27th at 11:59pm
  • Locate requests processed on December 28th will be due on Wednesday, January 2nd at 11:59pm
  • Locate requests processed on December 31st will be due Thursday, January 3rd at 11:59pm

For any questions or concerns regarding holiday closures, please contact our front desk at (303) 232-1991.

Reminder to Colorado 811 Members:

  • Mark by (Locate By) dates are NOT scheduled on any Federal Holiday
  • The phone number for Colorado 811 to call during holiday closures should be the same as your after hours number
  • If your organization is a non-participant in after hours notification, you WILL NOT be notified on holidays
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By Whitney Nichols
Road Grading Request
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A Road Grading Request is only for annual road maintenance conducted by a governmental agency on an existing unpaved road that does not exceed six inches in depth (grading to be performed between shoulders of road only).

A Road Grading ticket does not include any work performed in ditches (i.e. fore slope, flow line, back slope; not to exceed six inches in depth). The markings shall be considered valid for up to one hundred and eighty days.

Road Grading Ticket Process:

  • It is the county’s responsibility to create a Road Grading ticket ten days prior to the commencement of all grading activities being performed within county limits.
  • When a Road Grading ticket is generated a countywide notification for all roads within a county that need to be graded is sent out to area utility providers.
  • If needed locates have not been completed by a utility provider within ten days of receiving the Road Grading ticket, a grading excavator will contact the ticket notification center for an excavator re-notification. This secondary notification will be only for the utility providers who failed to respond to the initial notice only. After the utility re-notification has been performed the road grading may proceed.
  • While performing grading activities, the operator must follow all laws in regards to excavating within a tolerance zone.

Recommended Facility Owner Response:

  • Upon receipt of the notification, an owner or operator has ten business days to coordinate the excavation activity with the governmental agency.
  • Utility providers will ensure facilities that are in conflict are properly marked with paint, “whiskers”, or permanent marker on the public right of way delineating the path of facility utility lines.
  • If a facility owner chooses to place permanent markers in the public right of way, documentation of conflicts found should be sent as an email attachment in response to the Road Grading ticket.
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By Whitney Nichols
Membership Transition Infographic
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Click here to download a PDF of the Membership Transition Infographic.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact the Colorado 811 Member Services Department at [email protected].

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By Whitney Nichols
Email Service Outage
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We are experiencing an email service outage. If you need to contact a department directly, please call one of the phone numbers listed on our website https://colorado811.org/about-us. For general questions, please call (303) 232-1991.

11:25am – Email service outage: our email is back online. Thank you for your patience.

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By Whitney Nichols
November 2018 CGA Update
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The November 2018 CGA newsletter is now available. Click here to read the latest industry news.

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By Whitney Nichols
DNS Change Notice
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What you need to know…

What are we doing?
Colorado 811 is in the process of migrating our network to a new service provider as we strive towards providing better service and reliability to Colorado. A major step in the process involves moving from our existing IP addresses to new IP addresses. This means that all online services will be migrated to new IP addresses and updating our DNS. It is critically important that your IT department allow internet and network traffic from our new IP address range to traverse your computer network in order to avoid a service disruption.

What is DNS?
The Domain Name System (DNS) converts human readable domain names such as www.colorado811.org into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses like 12.90.60.167. All customers connected to the internet use this service whether they are aware of it or not.

What do you need to do?
All customers need to ensure their PC’s, servers, routers, firewalls, and any other networked devices that require access to Colorado 811 systems via the internet have our new DNS IP address ranges programmed/whitelisted. On 12/16/18 at approximately 10:00 AM, the old DNS IP addresses will be changed. The old IP addresses will start to fail shortly after if you have not prepared. Failure to take action may negatively impact your access to Colorado 811 online services.

What Services are impacted?

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By Whitney Nichols
PHMSA Final Rule on Expanding Natural Gas Transportation in Plastic Pipelines
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U.S. DOT Announces Final Rule to Enhance Public Safety by Expanding Natural Gas Transportation in Plastic Pipelines

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced the issuance of a Final Rule that amends the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations for plastic piping systems used in the transportation of natural or other gas. The updates in the final rule are intended to improve safety, allow for the expanded use of plastic pipe products in the transportation of natural or other gas, and allow or require the use of certain materials and practices.

“Advancements in plastic pipe design and manufacturing have resulted in products that are much safer today than they were 20 years ago,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott.  “These regulatory updates will significantly contribute to advancing public safety.”

The updates which are on public display today’s Federal Register take into consideration the changing technologies and issues affecting plastic pipe. They address concerns with installation and operational safety issues associated with plastic pipe, as observed by federal and state inspectors during routine field activities.  Additionally, several industry petitions received by PHMSA requested that the agency consider regulatory updates for plastic pipe that align with new innovations in manufacturing and design, as well as current best practices in plastic pipe installation.

The Final Rule will only apply to new, repaired, and replaced pipelines.  Regulatory updates include an increased design factor for polyethylene pipe; updated standards governing the use, maximum pressure limits, and diameters for pipelines made of polyamide 11 and 12 thermoplastics; new and expanded standards for the installation of plastic pipe to help mitigate contact with other underground utilities and structures; and several other installation and operational related provisions for plastic pipe and plastic pipe components.

As a result of the Final Rule’s updated design factor, the cost of materials to produce new pipe is estimated to be reduced by 10 percent, resulting in an annual material cost savings of approximately $32 million for transmission, gathering, and distribution operators.

This final rule is effective 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

The mission of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. PHMSA develops and enforces regulations for the safe operation of the nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov or https://twitter.com/PHMSA_DOT for more information. 

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By Whitney Nichols
2019 Weld County Damage Prevention Breakfast
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Click here to RSVP

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Dustin Muir at [email protected].

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By Whitney Nichols