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White Lining Your Excavation Site

One of the most important damage prevention practices occurs well before an excavation or utility locate. It happens even before a call to Gopher State One Call is made.

Pre-marking, also commonly known as white lining or white marking, is one of the five required “precautions to avoid damage” included in Minnesota’s dig law. Per State Statute Chapter 216D, using white markings for proposed excavations is required “except when it can be shown that it is not practical.”

Even though it is required by law, white lining is often overlooked by professional and homeowner excavators alike. But in addition to other pre-locate practices such as submitting precise marking instructions, it is an effective way for excavators to convey their exact intended excavation area. That communication in turn helps avoid confusion, delays and errors and allows locators to more quickly identify the area to locate.

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New Year's closures - Observed Friday, 12/31/21

 2021 GSOC HolidayBanner New Years Day

We will be taking calls for emergency locates only on Friday, Dec. 31st in observance of New Year's Day, but remember, you can file a ticket online 24/7. NOTE: Monday will not count towards your standard 48 hour notice when filing a locate, so please plan accordingly.

Christmas closures - Thursday, 12/23/21 & Friday, 12/24/21

 2021 GSOC HolidayBanner Christmas

We will be taking calls for emergency locates only on Thursday, Dec. 23rd and Friday, Dec. 24th for Christmas, but remember, you can file a ticket online 24/7. NOTE: Monday and Tuesday will not count towards your standard 48 hour notice when filing a locate, so please plan accordingly.

Using Damage Prevention Data: Highlights from the 2020 DIRT Report

Underground utility damages have a significant impact on communities in Minnesota and beyond. According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the estimated annual societal cost of damages to buried utilities in the United States is $30 billion, accounting for direct and indirect costs. Even near-misses can potentially cause scheduling issues and lost time on the job. 

Each year, the CGA collects information about damages and near-misses from facility owners, locators and excavators in North America who voluntarily submit via the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). The results are then published in the annual DIRT Report, along with summaries, analyses and best practice recommendations. 

The 2020 DIRT Report, published in September 2021, includes data from more than 475,000 damage event submissions that the CGA received in 2020. Of that number, 4,542 events came from Minnesota—up from 4,308 in 2019 and 3,567 in 2018. Below is an overview of the key takeaways and trends. CGA members can also access the full 87-page DIRT report on the CGA website.

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Upcoming Events

ITIC'S New Interface Webinar

02/08/2023 - 02/08/2023

ITIC'S New Interface Webinar

02/15/2023 - 02/15/2023

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03/01/2023 - 03/01/2023

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