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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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Thanksgiving closures - Thursday, 11/25/21 and Friday, 11/26/21

 2021 GSOC HolidayBanner Thanksgiving

We will be taking calls for emergency locates only on Thursday, Nov. 25th and Friday, Nov. 26th in observance of Thanksgiving, but remember, you can file a ticket online 24/7. NOTE: Thursday and Friday will not count towards your standard 48 hour notice when filing a locate, so please plan accordingly.Upcoming Holidays

Here is a list of the remaining 2021 holidays observed by GSOC:

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25, 2021
Friday after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 26, 2021
Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 23, 2021 (observed)
Christmas Day – Friday, December 24, 2021 (observed)
New Year’s Day – Friday, December 31, 2021 (observed)

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Upcoming Events

ITIC'S New Interface Webinar

02/09/2022 - 02/09/2022

ITIC'S New Interface Webinar

02/16/2022 - 02/16/2022

ITIC'S New Interface Webinar

03/02/2022 - 03/02/2022

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