Leading Practices on Cross Bore Safety Course

LIVE in Phoenix during Damage Prevention Week
February 28 - March 6, 2022

Earn 5 credit hours

 "Protecting the public and the industry from cross bores is essential. The Leading Practices Course provides the path using verifiable processes with cost effective high confidence results."

Mark Bruce

President of the Cross Bore Safety Association

A recorded version of the 2021 Leading Practices on Cross Bore Safety Course is available for purchase. 

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Learn how to prevent cross bores to save money and save lives!

Created to provide underground utility operators, contractors, and service providers guidance for minimizing utility conflicts due to cross bore strikes, this course covers a wide range of cross bore safety topics, from the evaluation of existing cross cores to regulatory requirements.

The increased use of trenchless excavation technologies has increased potential for cross bores. CBSA brought together locating services, manufacturers, utility owners, contractors, and industry consultants to create high quality standards, guidelines, and best practices for cross bore safety.

Who Should Attend?

  • Utility program managers for cross bore risk
  • Damage prevention managers
  • Construction project managers
  • Construction damage prevention/safety managers
  • Service provider managers for utility cross bore inspection projects
  • Regulators for rates and regulators for safety
  • Risk managers/liability insurance managers 

2021 Featured Speakers


Sam Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.ASCE, F.ISTT, FCAE, NAC

Professor, Arizona State University
Beavers-Ames Chair of Heavy Construction

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Mike Kemper

Executive Vice President, Quanta Services' Mears Group

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Larry Krummert

Director of Quality, Mears

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Mark Bruce

President, Cross Bore Safety Association

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2021 Schedule

(All times CST)

Tuesday, March 23

2:30 pm - 2:35 pm ---- Welcome and Introduction of Speakers and Moderator

2:35 pm - 2:40 pm ---- Course Goals and Structure

2:40 pm - 3:45 pm ---- Cross Bore History and Perspective - Mark Bruce

  • Evaluating and quantifying risk of existing cross bores
  • System integrity
  • Legacy risk reduction inspection planning

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm ---- New Construction Planning and Performance - Mike Kemper and Larry Krummert

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Trenchless tools and at risk of creating cross bores
  • Defining utility, installer, and inspection processes to verify no cross bores remain
  • Cross bore risk mitigation
  • Risk to onsite workers
  • Notification of structure owners of potential risk of drain cleaning articles
  • As built drawings
  • Record retention verifying no cross bores were created

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm ---- Q & A

Wednesday, March 24

2:30 pm - 2:35 pm---- Welcome

2:35 pm - 3:50 pm ---- Trenchless Methods, Considerations, and Advantages – Dr. Sam Ariaratnam

  • Cost savings using trenchless vs open trench
  • Reduction of surface impacts
  • Social impacts
  • Permitting reduction for traffic control
  • Challenges to use
  • New trenchless developments of tools and techniques in recent years

3:50 pm - 4:45 pm ---- Cross Bore Risk Reduction Challenges and Solutions - Mark Bruce

  • Funding sources for cross bore risk reduction
  • New construction risk prevention and verification
  • Legacy – risk find cross bore and eliminate
  • Public Outreach – getting “best bang for the buck”
  • QAQC process integration into planning, installation, and verification
  • Sharing data for multiple benefits





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