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2 An Overview

3 Mission Statement Iowa One Call, as mandated by law, operates a statewide notification system to provide effective communications to protect the citizens and underground facilities of Iowa.

4 Vision Statement To completely eliminate excavation-related damage to underground facilities in Iowa.

5 Iowa One Call Is A Required Law Iowa Code, Chapter 480 The Notification Center Shall: The Notification Center Shall: Be organized as nonprofit Be organized as nonprofit Be governed by elected industry representatives Be governed by elected industry representatives - Determine operating procedures /system process - Determine operating procedures /system process - Adhere to Open Meetings & Public Records laws - Adhere to Open Meetings & Public Records laws Implement the latest technological improvements Implement the latest technological improvements Provide the most accurate data available Provide the most accurate data available Provide an annual report & annual outside audit Provide an annual report & annual outside audit

6 Iowa One Call Is A Required Law Iowa Code, Chapter 480 Underground Facility Operators Shall: Provide current mapped facilities database to IOC Provide current mapped facilities database to IOC Provide locating/marking services (at no charge) Provide locating/marking services (at no charge) Share in the cost (pay for) of the notification center Share in the cost (pay for) of the notification center Provide positive response within required time Provide positive response within required time Adhere to established marking standards (APWA) Adhere to established marking standards (APWA) Provide after hours & emergency contact info. to IOC Provide after hours & emergency contact info. to IOC

7 Iowa One Call Is A Required Law Iowa Code, Chapter 480 Prior to Excavating in Iowa, All Persons Shall: Provide a notice of excavation to Iowa One Call Provide a notice of excavation to Iowa One Call at least 48-hours in advance (excluding Sat/Sun/holidays) at least 48-hours in advance (excluding Sat/Sun/holidays) Provide a detailed description of the excavation Provide a detailed description of the excavation Provide contact info (accessible during excavation) Provide contact info (accessible during excavation) Preserve the markings at all time during excavation Preserve the markings at all time during excavation Excavate only within the proposed area of excavation Excavate only within the proposed area of excavation Hand-Dig in the Tolerance Zone (alternative methods) Hand-Dig in the Tolerance Zone (alternative methods) Notify operators of any damages to their facilities Notify operators of any damages to their facilities

8 What Is An Excavation? Chapter 480, Iowa Code When a structure, earth, rock or other material in or on the ground is moved, removed, compressed or otherwise displaced… When a structure, earth, rock or other material in or on the ground is moved, removed, compressed or otherwise displaced… Including, but not limited to, grading, trenching, tiling, digging, drilling, augering, tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing, driving and demolition of structures… Including, but not limited to, grading, trenching, tiling, digging, drilling, augering, tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing, driving and demolition of structures…

9 Examples of Excavations

10 Excavation Does Not Include Normal farming operations. Normal farming operations. Residential, commercial, or similar gardening. Residential, commercial, or similar gardening. The opening of a grave site in a cemetery. The opening of a grave site in a cemetery. Normal activities involved in land surveying Normal activities involved in land surveying pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 542B. pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 542B.

11 Excavation Does Not Include Operations in a solid waste disposal site which has planned for underground which has planned for underground facilities. facilities. The replacement of an existing traffic sign at The replacement of an existing traffic sign at its current location and at no more than its its current location and at no more than its current depth. current depth. Normal road or highway maintenance which Normal road or highway maintenance which does not change the original grade of the does not change the original grade of the roadway or the ditch. roadway or the ditch.

12 Normal Farming Plowing, cultivation, planting, harvesting… Plowing, cultivation, planting, harvesting… (and similar operations routine to most farms) (and similar operations routine to most farms) But does NOT include: But does NOT include: – Chisel plowing – Sub-soiling – Ripping – Drain tile installations – Terracing – Digging/driving posts in new locations – And any other operations penetrating the soil 15 Attend the IOC Ag/Farm Safety Meetings March 3 - March 11

13 Planning for Damage Prevention Schedule projects in advance: Schedule projects in advance: Allow time for facility locates Allow time for facility locates Know Jobsite details: Know Jobsite details: Local codes, regulations & requirements, Local codes, regulations & requirements, site description (location, size/affected area) site description (location, size/affected area) Take all necessary precautions: Take all necessary precautions: Prepared safety plan (damage contingencies) Prepared safety plan (damage contingencies) Safe excavating practices Safe excavating practices

14 Preparations for Notifying IOC Note: Not all developments are mapped. Be prepared to provide detailed information: Be prepared to provide detailed information: Use landmarks ( rivers, buildings, major streets & intersections, mile-markers, boundaries, etc.). Use landmarks ( rivers, buildings, major streets & intersections, mile-markers, boundaries, etc.). GPS, Lat/Long Coordinates GPS, Lat/Long Coordinates Locates outside a city require: county, township, Range & section number. Locates outside a city require: county, township, Range & section number. (References: Plat books, assessors office, IDOT, Google) (References: Plat books, assessors office, IDOT, Google)

15 Required Information Excavations Within a City A street address or block and lot numbers, or both, of the proposed area of excavation. A street address or block and lot numbers, or both, of the proposed area of excavation. The name and address of the excavator. The name and address of the excavator. The excavators telephone number. The excavators telephone number. The type and extent of the proposed excavation. The type and extent of the proposed excavation. Whether the discharge of explosives is anticipated. Whether the discharge of explosives is anticipated. The date and time when excavation is scheduled to begin. The date and time when excavation is scheduled to begin. Approximate location of the excavation on the property. Approximate location of the excavation on the property. If known, the name of the housing development and property owner. If known, the name of the housing development and property owner.

16 Required Information Excavations Outside of a City The name of the county, township, range, and section. The name of the county, township, range, and section. The name and address of the excavator. The name and address of the excavator. The excavators telephone number. The excavators telephone number. The type and extent of the proposed excavation. The type and extent of the proposed excavation. Whether the discharge of explosives is anticipated. Whether the discharge of explosives is anticipated. The date and time when excavation is scheduled to begin. The date and time when excavation is scheduled to begin. Approximate location of the excavation on the property. Approximate location of the excavation on the property. If known, the quarter section, E911 address and global positioning system coordinate, name of property owner, name of housing development with street address or block and lot numbers, or both. If known, the quarter section, E911 address and global positioning system coordinate, name of property owner, name of housing development with street address or block and lot numbers, or both.

17 Methods for Reaching IOC 811 Abbreviated Dialing System 811 Abbreviated Dialing System ITIC Online Ticketing System ITIC Online Ticketing System Standard Dialing ( ) Standard Dialing ( )

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25 Damage Prevention Excavators must have a firm understanding of the different types and functions of underground facilities

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27 White-Lining For Proposed Excavation The locator needs to locate only near the proposed area allowing for more precise markings. The locator needs to locate only near the proposed area allowing for more precise markings. Saves time and the locator can respond to the next job sooner. Saves time and the locator can respond to the next job sooner. Better communication between excavators and locators Better communication between excavators and locators Shown to reduce excavation-related damage Shown to reduce excavation-related damage

28 Reasonable Business Practices Industry Standards No unreasonable/extensive locate requests No unreasonable/extensive locate requests in excess of reasonable excavation work schedules - in excess of reasonable excavation work schedules - when relocates might be needed due to premature noti - when relocates might be needed due to premature noti ce Limited locates per requests: Limited locates per requests: - urban areas: 10 addresses/same street/same 100 block or 3 blocks continuous block or 3 blocks continuous - rural areas: 1 mile continuous - rural areas: 1 mile continuous Reasonable notification and response times: Reasonable notification and response times: emergency and damage notifications (as soon as practical) - emergency and damage notifications (as soon as practical) - emergency locate response (reasonable amount of time) - emergency locate response (reasonable amount of time)

29 Types of Locate Requests Regular 48-Hours advance notice Regular 48-Hours advance notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays & legal holidays) (excluding Saturdays, Sundays & legal holidays) Dig-In (to report damage) Dig-In (to report damage) Emergency Notification Emergency Notification

30 A condition where there is clear and immediate danger to life or health, or essential services, or danger to life or health, or essential services, or a potentially significant loss of property. a potentially significant loss of property. No Varying Degree of Emergencies No Varying Degree of Emergencies Urgent / Emergency (Same Thing) Urgent / Emergency (Same Thing) NOTE: All responses given by excavators are recorded and maintained for a period of six years)

31 Other Ticket Types Joint Meet Locates (initiates a regular locate) Joint Meet Locates (initiates a regular locate) Re-Locates (refresh) – Generates a new ticket Re-Locates (refresh) – Generates a new ticket No Response (does NOT initiate a re-locate) No Response (does NOT initiate a re-locate) Modifications (will generate a new ticket) Modifications (will generate a new ticket) Design Request System (for licensed designers only – e.g.: surveyors, engineers, architects…) Design Request System (for licensed designers only – e.g.: surveyors, engineers, architects…)

32 48-Hour Timeline Begins at the time the operator receives the notification from IOC Continues uninterrupted (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays). Continues uninterrupted (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays).

33 The Call Center Shall Maintain the Latest Technological Improvements Statewide database of underground facilities Statewide database of underground facilities Statewide toll-free telephone based input system Statewide toll-free telephone based input system Web based electronic input systems Web based electronic input systems Multiple transmission protocols (outputting tickets) Multiple transmission protocols (outputting tickets) 24-hour access 24-hour access Free service to all excavators Free service to all excavators Emergency / disaster recovery protocols Emergency / disaster recovery protocols Tracking and documentation of all ticket status Tracking and documentation of all ticket status

34 The Call Center Excavator Notifies Iowa One Call ITIC (Online) Call Center (Telephone) Ticket Logged Into IOC System Ticket is Processed Ticket is Sent to Operators Operators Respond (or communicates) Within 48-hours ITIC Tickets Reviewed for Errors Ticket Errors Will be Reported to the Excavator & Operators

35 The Call Center Excavator Notifies Iowa One Call ITIC (Online) Call Center (Telephone) Ticket Logged Into IOC System Ticket is Processed Ticket is Sent to Operators Operators Respond (or communicates) Within 48-hours ITIC Tickets Reviewed for Errors Ticket Errors Will be Reported to the Excavator & Operators

36 Who Makes the Notification? The excavator who will engage in the excavation Never use someone elses locate ticket Never use someone elses locate ticket Make your own one call locate notification Make your own one call locate notification Sub-contractors dont share with contractors Sub-contractors dont share with contractors Excavators must call in their own locate tickets for residential projects (NOT the homeowners) Excavators must call in their own locate tickets for residential projects (NOT the homeowners) Never rely on someone elses locate markings Never rely on someone elses locate markings

37 The Operators Responsibilities All operators must provide Positive Response Locate/mark all affected underground facilities Locate/mark all affected underground facilities Provide notice of all no-conflict tickets Provide notice of all no-conflict tickets (when there are no facilities within the dig area) (when there are no facilities within the dig area) Complete locates within required timeline Complete locates within required timeline Provide re-locates when necessary Provide re-locates when necessary Provide timely standbys upon request Provide timely standbys upon request Maintain updated mapping database with IOC Maintain updated mapping database with IOC (geographic mapping of underground facilities) (geographic mapping of underground facilities) Share in the cost of the IOC notification system Share in the cost of the IOC notification system

38 Other Operator Services Not required by law Joint Meet Locates Joint Meet Locates (excavators and locators must work together) (excavators and locators must work together) Stand Bys Stand Bys (some operators may require this – for safety) (some operators may require this – for safety) Design Request Services Design Request Services (work with designers – for damage prevention) (work with designers – for damage prevention)

39 The Excavators Responsibilities For Damage Prevention Respect and preserve the locate markings Respect and preserve the locate markings Establish proper communications channels Establish proper communications channels Report and document inconsistencies Report and document inconsistencies Emergency preparedness (contingency plan) Emergency preparedness (contingency plan) Reasonable business practices (respect system) Reasonable business practices (respect system) Practice safe excavating procedures at all times Practice safe excavating procedures at all times

40 The Excavator and the Markings Preserve the Markings During Excavation (at all times throughout the excavation) Respect all locate markings at the dig site Respect all locate markings at the dig site Establish suitable reference points Establish suitable reference points Call for relocates only when necessary Call for relocates only when necessary

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42 Exposing Facilities Iowa Code, Chapter 480.4(3)(a)(1) …If, in the opinion of the operator, the planned excavation requires that the precise location of the underground facilities be determined, the excavator, unless otherwise agreed upon between the excavator and the operator, shall hand dig test holes to determine the location of the facilities unless the operator specifies an alternative method.

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44 When Does A Locate Ticket Expire? A locate ticket is valid indefinitely provided: The m arkings are preserved and clearly visible The m arkings are preserved and clearly visible (at all times throughout the excavation) (at all times throughout the excavation) Suitable reference points have been established Suitable reference points have been established (at all times throughout the excavation) (at all times throughout the excavation)

45 How Long Do the Markings Last? Markings must be applied in a manner Markings must be applied in a manner that will last for a minimum of: Five working days on nonpermanent surfaces Five working days on nonpermanent surfaces Ten working days on permanent surfaces Ten working days on permanent surfaces

46 Dont Excavate Beyond the Defined Area Excavations must be contained within the actual proposed area of excavation provided at the time the excavator makes the notice to Iowa One Call. To perform excavations beyond the proposed area of excavation noted on the original locate request requires a new locate ticket.

47 No Locator Responses What to Do If Locates Are Not Completed After 48-Hours Call IOC and report a No Response Call IOC and report a No Response – Specify which facility has not been located – IOC will send a No Response notice to operator – Excavators No Response notice is documented – Delay excavation until locator responds (suggested) Excavation can begin after legal 48-hour timeline Excavation can begin after legal 48-hour timeline – Potential safety, or liability issue may exist – Must proceed with care to avoid damaging facilities

48 Documentation A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Documenting the locate markings Documenting the locate markings – Are they complete? – Are they accurate (was there a dig-in)? – Were they applied properly (paint and flags)? – Did the locator fail to respond within 48-hours? Reasonable business practices Reasonable business practices – Are the markings Intuitive (clearly conveyed)? – Consistency (compared to similar projects)? – Industry standards (Common Ground Alliance) (Always Keep Good Records/documentation) (Always Keep Good Records/documentation)

49 Report Damaged Facilities State Law (Iowa Code): Excavator must notify owner/operator when any Excavator must notify owner/operator when any damage occurs to underground facilities damage occurs to underground facilities Note: In an Emergency, notify 911 Note: In an Emergency, notify 911 Federal law: Requires 911 notification if damage results in escape of any flammable, toxic, or corrosive gas or liquid Requires 911 notification if damage results in escape of any flammable, toxic, or corrosive gas or liquid

50 Excavation-Related Damage Cost and Consequences More than 4,000 reported dig-ins in Iowa annually More than 4,000 reported dig-ins in Iowa annually Thousands of dollars in liability to excavators Thousands of dollars in liability to excavators Essential service outages to Iowa communities Essential service outages to Iowa communities Environmental and property damage Environmental and property damage Major down time for construction projects Major down time for construction projects Major costs to contractor/excavator operations Major costs to contractor/excavator operations Increased insurance rates Increased insurance rates Serious risk to life and health Serious risk to life and health

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56 Enforcement The Attorney General of Iowa will Take Any Action Necessary to Enforce the Penalty Provisions of the Iowa One Call Law (Chapter 480, Iowa Code)

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58 Stay Involved :: Stay InformedStay Involved :: Stay Informed Iowa One Call Electronic Newsletter Register Online at: Register Online at: Common Ground Iowa (CGI) Common Ground Iowa (CGI)

59 Thank You For Attending Q & A Contacts: Ben Booth Ben Booth Stephen Stonebraker – Stephen Stonebraker –


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