Indiana and Kentucky 811 Celebrate their Damage Prevention Legacy at Annual Regional Conference

This fall, title sponsors Indiana and Kentucky 811 welcomed facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, engineers and other professionals who work near underground facilities to the sixth annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC). With a snowy backdrop, the conference returned to French Lick, Ind., at the iconic French Lick Resort from Nov. 14-16, where more than 500 damage prevention stakeholders from across the country gathered to network and take advantage of various training and educational opportunities.

In honor of the opening dates of Indiana 811 (1981) and Kentucky 811 (1987), the MWDPTC kicked off with a retro-themed 811 Classic Welcome Reception, celebrating the damage prevention industry’s legacy throughout the region. Guests enjoyed an 811-vintage-themed costume contest, special living statue party guests, and the opportunity to network with more than 45 vendors throughout the exhibit hall, as well as fellow guests. Attendees also had the chance to participate in networking events as part of their MWDPTC experience, selecting from horseback riding in the hills of southern Indiana, golf at the Donald Ross course, or a turkey shoot at Lost River Game Farm. 

This year, attendees heard from two featured speakers as crowd-favorite safety trainer David Miguel delivered a motivational morning keynote address, and two-time U.S. Olympian and utility damage survivor Cliff Meidl presented a speech during lunch. Their compelling presentations were bolstered by the conference’s most robust set of all-conference and breakout sessions yet. Industry-leading subject matter experts discussed topics including damage prevention’s role in spotting illegal activity, the intricacies of gas migration, Indiana and Kentucky 811’s new software, case studies from the Indiana Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee, real stories from PHMSA’s Accident Investigation Division and more!

Thank you to all who attended and supported the 2018 MWDTPC.

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