The Data Reporting and Evaluation Committee is a critical component of ABCGA’s operations. The ABCGA produces an annual Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) document. The report collects and analyzes critical information on underground damage and near-miss occurrences, and provides recommendations to stakeholders about how to best protect buried infrastructure.
The DIRT tool allows stakeholders to submit their data through a secure private web application.
All damage reporting is anonymous.
The DIRT Committee objectives are:
Submit Quick DIRT Report
Register as a DIRT User
Any ground disturber or operator of buried facilities in Alberta can report damage incidents or near miss events.
To register as a DIRT user, go to www.cga-dirt.com, click on “register”, then select “Alberta Virtual Private DIRT”. After the ABCGA has approved your registration, you will be able to report single events or upload files containing multiple events.
What is DIRT?
DIRT is Common Ground Alliance’s acronym for “Damage Information Reporting Tool.” It is a secure web application that anonymously collects any stakeholder’s data about excavation incidents that could have, or did, lead to a damaged underground facility.
Who Can Submit to DIRT?
Any ABCGA stakeholder that has data pertaining to an excavation incident (including damage and near miss incidents) can register to submit to DIRT. This includes facility operators, excavators, locators, as well as one call centers that collect data from stakeholders in their region. You do not have to be a ABCGA member to submit data.
How is the Data Used?
All data collected by ABCGA is anonymous and confidential and is used to produce the annual DIRT Analysis and Recommendations Report. This report is used primarily to help stakeholders identify the common root causes of excavation incidents, the type of equipment used when they occurred and the type of work performed. Stakeholders then use that information to build damage prevention strategies and campaigns to help reduce future incidents.